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Coilgun/Railgun idea Answered

so i have been researching and thinking about this project sence the magnet contest. basicily i was thinking hey why not combine the 2 with the coilgun i would get a ton of good acceleration. then it would hit the rails and be jolted forward . it would minimize the time the round was in the rails and give them the best chance to do there job. So i would be using a ferrious round with aliminum at the rear to act as the armiture. To get better flight path out of the gun i would take a copper pipe for both the coil and the rails but for you cant have the 2 touching so ill space it with somthing like pvc. correct me if i'm wrong but i heard plating copper with silver would give a better result for rails the final keystone will be the capacitorbanks and controllers (i don't know much about microcontrollers so any help there...or anyware would be great) my idea was to stage a bank per coil and rail that way each would fire it's full load when the round got to there what do you guys think? info please. this is a new project so if anyone has the time and wants to try my idea let me know what your results turn out to be


hmmm idk but it woild take a loooooot of energy

the power supply isn't the hard part it's getting the coils and the rails to trigger at the right times

shouldn't the rails be triggered by the projectile conecting them?

yes but the timing for the coils is somthing else all together if the coils all fire at once the projectiole won't go anyware. and if they fire in the wrong order anything could happen from nothing to it firing backwards

coil timing runs from single coil (no timing issues) threw computer timing (but you have to have exactly the same projectile or be able to program for differences) to optical triggers ('windows' in the barrel that detect projectile position and adjust timing of the next coil). as long as the second stage is going to be a rail gun, maybe you could use that to your advantage and use the projectile as the conductive switch for the next coil. open contacts along the sides of the barrel, one to power source the other to the next coil, the projectile conecting the two. power requirements are going to suck, you will probably need one cap bank for each coil stage and rail section.

i was going to go with IR detection (optical triggering) and yes i was going to have a cap bank for every stagei'm thinking 3 stage and the 4th will be the rails

no one has any comments?