The meatgrinder : an efficient current-multiplying inductive energy storage and transfer circuit

2012-10-31T14:46:14Z (GMT) by M.G. Pimperton
The meatgrinder is a high-efficiency inductive energy storage and transfer circuit which may be used to supply high-current pulsed power requirements in applications such as electromagnetic propulsion. It overcomes the inherent 25% efficiency limit when transferring energy between uncoupled inductors and simultaneously provides current multiplication. An unloaded six-step demonstration circuit has been used to multiply current from 7A to 76A at an efficiency of 44%, and a single-step demonstration circuit has been used to multiply the current in an uncoupled load induct or from lOA to 30A, the efficiency of energy transfer being 31%. Both circuits use power MOSFETs for switching. These circuits have been used in conjunction with theoretical analysis and computer simulation to study the design and performance of the meatgrinder. Investigations have been carried out in order to confirm the basic theory, to clarify the details of circuit operation, and to provide the information necessary for future feasibility studies.