Welcome to the 14th International EML Symposium

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Presentation times are subject to change
The online agenda was last updated: June 2, 2008

Tuesday, June 10 to the top of the page?
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open  
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception  
Wednesday, June 11 to the top of the page?
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
Session I Session Chair:  COL Scott Flynn  
8:00 a.m. Welcome H. D. Fair
8:10 a.m.

Keynote Speaker - MG Peter M. Vangjel, Commanding General US Army Field Artillery Center

8:40 a.m. National Overview- USA H. D. Fair
9:00 a.m. U.S. Navy Overview E. D'Andrea
9:25 a.m. Invited Presentation P. Rutberg
9:55 a.m. TBD M. Cilli
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break  
Session II Session Chair: Dr. Emil Spahn  
10:30 a.m. National Overview — People’s Republic of China W. Ying
10:50 a.m. Experimental Results From a Two-Turn 40-mm Railgun T. Watt
11:10 a.m. Development of 120mm Electro-thermal Chemical Launcher Jun Li
11:30 a.m. Experimental Realization of an Eight-Stage XRAM Generator Based on ICCOS Semiconductor Opening Switches, Fed by a Magnetodynamic Storage System P. Dedie
11:50 a.m. High Current, High Voltage, Solid State Discharge Switches for Electromagnetic Launch Applications A. Welleman
12:10 p.m. 14th EML Exhibitor Introductions/Presentations  
12:30 p.m. Hosted Lunch (lunch sponsored by BAE Systems)  
Session III Session Chair:  
1:30 p.m. Poster Session 1  
3:10 p.m. Refreshment Break  
Session IV Session Chair:  Dr. Jun Li  
3:30 p.m. National Overview – Russia

G. Shvetsov
P. Rutburg

3:50 p.m. Progress on Hypervelocity Railgun Research for Launch to Space I. R. McNab
4:10 p.m. Design of a 3-meter Long Electromagnetic Launcher Ping Yan
4:30 p.m. Evaluation of Si and SiC SGTOs for High Action Army Applications H. O'Brien
4:50 p.m Composite Energy Storage Flywheel Design for Fatigue Crack Resistance J. T. Tzeng
5:10 p.m. Multi-Mission Electromagnetic Launcher B. D. Skurdal
5:30 p.m. Adjourn  
Thursday, June 12 to the top of the page?
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Announcements  
Session V Session Chair: John Pappas  
8:10 a.m. National Overview - France / Germany E. Spahn
8:30 a.m. Demonstration of Combined Spray and Evaporative Cooling of an Electromagnetic Railgun S. Myers
8:50 a.m. Experimental Observations and Analysis of Armatures and Rails in Small Railguns W. B. Maier II
9:10 a.m Unmanned Vehicles for Mobile Electromagnetic Launch Platforms S. Fish
9:30 a.m. Magnetic Diffusion in Railguns: Measurements using CMR-Based Sensors M. Schneider
9:50 a.m. Behavior of Copper-Aluminum Tribological Pair under High Current Densities D. G. Bansal
10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break  
Session VI Session Chair: Mr. Brad Goodell  
10:30 a.m. Progress in the Development of a Solid-Projectile Helical Electromagnetic Launcher for Low and Medium Velocity Applications G. Engel
10:50 a.m. Advancements in the Development of a Plasma-Driven Electromagnetic Launcher D. Wetz
11:10 a.m. Design and Simulation of a Self-Excited All-Air-Core and Fabrication of a Separate-Excited All-Iron-Core Passive Compulsator Shaopeng Wu
11:30 p.m. The Use of Electronic Components in Railgun Projectiles M. Schneider
11:50 p.m. Electromagnetically Driven Expanding Ring with Pre-Heating D. Landen
12:10 p.m. 14th EML Sponsor Introduction & Kemmey Student Presentations  
12:30 p.m. Lunch  
Session VII Session Chair:  
1:30 p.m. Poster Session 2  
3:10 p.m. Refreshment Break  
Session VIII Session Chair: Mr. Matt Cilli  
3:30 p.m. Effects of Pressure Dependent Contact Resistivity on Contact Interfacial Conditions K.-T. Hsieh
3:50 p.m. Stress Wave Measurements in an Electromagnetic Launcher  A. J. Johnson
4:10 p.m. ICCOS Counter-Current Thyristor High-Power Opening Switch For Currents up to 28 kA P. Dedie
4:30 p.m. A Manned Mars Mission Study by Group N-5 at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory S. R. Skaggs
4:50 p.m. Adjourn  
  Awards Banquet  
6:30 p.m. Reception in Exhibits Area  
7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Banquet and Medal Presentation (Ballroom)  
Friday, June 13 to the top of the page?
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Announcements  
Session IX Session Chair: Mr. David Haugh  
8:10 a.m. A Study of Electrothermal Launcher Efficiencies and Gas Dynamics  D. Motes
8:30 a.m. Compact, Deployable Ultra Lightweight Multi-Megawatt Nuclear Power Systems for Very Long Range Electromagnetic Launchers J.R. Powell
8:50 a.m. Electrical Current Concentration and its Effect on Cracks Sikhanda Satapathy
9:10 a.m. MultiScale Modeling of Metal-Metal Contact Dynamics under High Electromagnetic Stress: Timescales and Mechanisms for Joule Melting of Al-Cu Asperities D. Irving
9:30 a.m. 50 kJ Ultra-Compact Pulsed-Power Supply Unit for Active Protection Launcher Systems E. Spahn 
9:50 a.m. Mesoscale Contact Characteristics under Current Transfer L. Brown 
10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break  
Session X Session Chair: Mr. Mike Zoltoski  
10:30 a.m. Mechanism of Porosity Formation in Transfer Films in Electromagnetic Launchers P. Y. Hsieh 
10:50 a.m. Measurement of the Current Distribution between Multiple Brush Armatures during Launch M. Schneider
11:10 a.m. Electric-Current-Induced Flow of Liquid Aluminum along Copper Rails in Rail-Armature Contacts I. Dutta
11:30 a.m. The Homopolar Racer: A College-Level Engineering Competition To Raise Awareness and Interest in Electromagnetic Launcher T. G. Engel
11:45 p.m.

Presentation of 15th EML

J. Gallant
12:00 p.m. Presentation of Best Oral and Poster Presentation Awards J. Mallick
12:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

12:25 p.m. Adjourn  

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, June 10

Welcome Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11

Oral Sessions
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session 1
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 12

Oral Sessions
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session 2
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Oral Sessions
3:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 13

Oral Sessions
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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