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Unread postAuthor: FeLeX » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:59 pm

Hey just wondering do you have any info about how electro thermal guns work? Always wanted to build one but I have a very limited knowledge about them. Maybe you could give me a link to a website or something.
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Unread postAuthor: Hailfire753 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:07 pm

Wow, amazingly sweet. I do not know what an "eee-lek-tro-thur-mil" gun is, and I LOVE dogfood.
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Unread postAuthor: Velocity » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:47 pm

That video was very nice... even though the speed figure of 65 fps is well below what even the simplest spudgun can achieve with heavier projectiles, the ergonomics of that gun, demonstrated in a very nice way with you firing, made that thing seem like the greatest thing since the barrel-sealer :D .

Great job!
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Unread postAuthor: jon_89 » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:21 am

I like it. I am getting ready to build one myself. Did you put anything between each layer of the coil? Can you explain the breech loader. Wouldn't the magnet holding the ammo decrease performance?
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:04 am

Velocity wrote:That video was very nice... even though the speed figure of 65 fps is well below what even the simplest spudgun can achieve with heavier projectiles, the ergonomics of that gun, demonstrated in a very nice way with you firing, made that thing seem like the greatest thing since the barrel-sealer :D .

Great job!
I think 65fps is a far understatement
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:04 am

Felex: Google is your friend.

jon_89: No, I just put a dab of superglue on it every once in a while to keep it together.
As for the magnet decreasing performance,
1. It just barely holds the projectile in.
2. The forces applied to the projectile are immense. Keep in mind that the projectile accelerates to 65 fps in the space of only 1/2", which, according to GGDT would take an equivalent pneumatic gun running at 1000 psi.

Thanks guys.
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Unread postAuthor: FeLeX » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:15 pm

I know I know I tried looking and all I came up with was the electro labs. As far as I understand a bank of capacitors is discharged through a wire or a spark gap thus rapidly vaporizing what ever liquid is in there.
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Unread postAuthor: dumdog123 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:34 pm

i have been trying to make a coilgun for a while now how can I easily wrap the coil and what did you use for your barrel?
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Unread postAuthor: dumdog123 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:35 pm

do you have some kind of wire wraping jig? cause whenever i try to wrap a coil the wire layers get way to small I have a flash circuit but instead of 1 doble A powering it could i use a 9 volt?
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:29 pm

If I recall an electro thermal uses a dense metal for the projectile like mercury or lead...it is vaporize by a strong electrical current and because of the heat it moves upwards at an insane velocity and punches a hole through what ever gets in its way...


I would think it would take a lot of energy to make one work and I'm not certain what you would use for ammo but if you could get it to work it would be sweet.
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Unread postAuthor: windshrike » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:36 pm

Mercury wouldn't make a very good projectile :? .
Usually tungsten or depleted uranium is used with a gun of this type.
An ETC gun accelerates the combustion of it's fuel by dumping large amounts of current into it at once, essentially starting burns from almost every point in the mixture.

I suggested a while ago an ETC hybrid. Most modern ETC guns use solid fuels though, and a stoichiometric mix hasn't been tried.


EDIT: Nice little gun you have there. 65 fps out of a 1/2" barrel is amazing, I'd love to build a larger optical triggered gun, but I can't design electronics :x .
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:40 pm

I wasn't even close.... thanks for the explanation I must have been thinking of something else I read about...
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Unread postAuthor: windshrike » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:47 pm

It's ok, we all have little lapses. It sounds like you were talking about an explosively formed penetrator.
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Unread postAuthor: The_Crow681 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:24 pm

what projectile are you shooting from it, BB's? by the way that is very impressive. I had a similar idea but i couldn't get it to work well because i left out the capacitators but now i can! thanks for showing me the way :P
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:58 pm

I recently cut up bits of screwdriver to use as projectiles, and they seem to work the best of anything despite the slight magnetism.

Spheres are a bad choice to use in a gauss gun due to the small amount of interaction between the projectile and the field. you need a long thin projectile.
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