CCC_Dober, on 11 April 2012 - 09:56 PM, said:
The artwork and background information leave me a bit puzzled tbh.
1. I can dimly remember reading in one of the novels that the muzzle velocity was double as much as any conventional ballistic weapon at the time, which is nowhere near the Mach figures some of you have posted. Can't remember which novel exactly, but it was one where somebody decided to swap out his trusty AC for one of the new Gauss Rifles, maybe Kai Allard-Liao modifying Yen-Lo-Wang idk. Can somebody confirm this?
2. Second thing is the shape of the projectile. Is it really a slug or a ball? Which one of these has more 'magnetic grip'?
1.) Modern conventional ballistic projectiles seem to top-out in the realm of Mach 4.0-5.0 (high supersonic velocities), just below true hypersonic
velocities (Mach 5.0-10.0), and still further below the "high hypersonic" regime (Mach 10.0-25.0) and the "re-entry" regime (Mach 25+).
So, a Mach ~8-9 Gauss Rifle slug would be approximately twice as fast as nearly every conventional ballistic projectile (and the vast majority of modern missiles and rockets).
2.) "A slug
is a term used for a solid ballistic projectile. It is "solid" in the sense of being composed of one piece; the shape can vary widely, including partially hollowed shapes. The term is occasionally applied to bullets
(just the projectile, never the cartridge
as a whole), but is most commonly applied to shotgun projectiles, to differentiate from shotshells
is a payload-carrying projectile which, as opposed to shot
, contains an explosive or other filling, though modern usage sometimes includes large solid projectiles properly termed shot
(AP, APCR, APCNR, APDS, APFSDS, and proof shot)."
I would think that the more oblong design would be better (mainly from an aerodynamic standpoint).
From a magnetic standpoint... there's probably some obscure equation regarding solenoid
design and armature length that would help?