Jacob Kinsey

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Jason Cassibry

Committee Member

Gabe Xu

Committee Member

Sivaguru Ravindran


Pulse generators, Pulsed power systems


This thesis attempts to confront shortcomings of spiral generator knowledge of testing at low voltages, design techniques of spiral generators, and fabrication methods. To achieve this, basic fabrication methods were employed for generators to be tested at low and high voltage. This effort allowed development of a simple two-frequency model and winding machine. This two-frequency model depicts output waveform amplitude as a scaler of charging voltage and has been found to be adequate for using the model in comparison to less trivial models which can be less accurate in time-domain behavior. An updated winding machine was proposed as a result of the exploration of fabrication methods. This also shows that design of a decently efficient spiral generator requires broad knowledge of the theory of operation and interactions with geometric parameters and electrical characteristics. For the spiral generator to be widely adopted for commercial use, more methods modelling multiplication efficiency factors will need to be developed.



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