A fast-evolving understanding of materials and physical processes is critical to security applications. Febetrons generate X-rays to photograph objects moving at extremely high speeds as part of a detonation and allow the measurement of their position, velocity, shape, and internal density profiles. Powering the Febetrons are capacitor modules. Researchers have developed a new “K-module” device to update the technology.
Capacitor modules are like the automobile engines of the Febetron devices. The Febetron user community is stuck driving with a machine that hasn’t changed in four decades. The researchers have entirely redesigned the engine with up-to-date performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits.
X-ray devices also have civilian uses. The newly developed capacitor modules technology could play a key role in medical imaging devices and applications in the petrochemical, energy, and aerospace sectors.
The technology is especially critical to national security missions. About three-quarters of flash radiography users are Department of Defense and Energy laboratories. Radiographic data and images constrain computer models for materials behavior in high-temperature and high-pressure regimes.