Extreme state of matter under ultra-high temperature and pressure using magnetic cumulation of energy

Explosive Flux Compression Generators (FCG)

The explosive flux compression generator is a device which can transform the energy of explosion to peak electric energies of MegaJoules in tens to hundreds of microseconds of time. This is accomplished in a compact and lightweight package (from 5 to 100 kg).

We have developed physical and mathematical models, computer simulation, designing, manufacturing and experimental studies of flux compression generators of different types.

Scientific leader — Prof. V.G. Baryshevsky

FCG Operation

An initial magnetic field is generated inside FCG.

A fuze mechanism ignites the explosive material. The explosion travels as a wave through the middle of the armature cylinder.

As the explosion makes its way through the cylinder, the cylinder comes in contact with the stator winding. This creates a short circuit, cutting the stator off from its power supply.

The moving short circuit compresses the magnetic field, generating an intense electric current, which can be converted to high voltage pulse


V.G.Baryshevsky at al. Wide range frequency tuning in vacuum electronic devices European Microwave Week 2003 
V.G.Baryshevsky at al. A compact high power microwave (HPM) source Proc. IET European Pulsed Power Conference 2009 
V.G.Baryshevsky at al. A Compact Repetitive High Power Microwave (HPM) Source ANTEM / AMEREM July 5-9, 2010 Ottawa, Canada 
A.A.Gurinovich, V.G.Baryshevsky et al. Radio-frequency radiation from FCG with a capacitive load Euro_Asian Pulsed Power Conference 2012 
A.A.Gurinovich, V.G.Baryshevsky et al. Electrically Driven Wideband Sources for Equipment Vulnerability Tests Proc. 43rd European Microwave Conference, 7 -10 Oct 2013, Nuremberg, Germany, 191-194