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Modeling and Optimization of an Indirect Coil Gun for Launching Non-Magnetic Projectiles

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IM2NP—UMR 7334, Université de Toulon, 83130 La Garde, France
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COSMER—EA 7398, SeaTech, Université de Toulon, 83130 La Garde, France
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Actuators 2019, 8(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/act8020039
Received: 8 April 2019 / Revised: 30 April 2019 / Accepted: 2 May 2019 / Published: 7 May 2019
This article focuses on indirect coil guns used for launching non-magnetic objects. A mechatronic model, coupling electrical, mechanical, and electromagnetic models, is proposed. This model is applied to the optimization of a kicking system used on limited size robots for propelling real soccer balls at the RoboCup. Working with an existing coil gun, we show that fine tuning its setup, especially the initial position and the length of the non-magnetic plunger extension, leads to an increase in the ball speed of 30 % compared to previous results. View Full-Text
Keywords: coil gun; electromagnetic launcher; mechatronic; simulation; RoboCup coil gun; electromagnetic launcher; mechatronic; simulation; RoboCup
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Gies, V.; Soriano, T. Modeling and Optimization of an Indirect Coil Gun for Launching Non-Magnetic Projectiles. Actuators 2019, 8, 39.

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