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A Rail Gun is the primary armament of the United Nations Navy and Martian Congressional Republic Navy it is also called a Gauss Turret. The Donnager had rail guns at the beginning of the Series. It is unknown if other UNN or MCRN Cruisers, Frigates, etc. have rail guns excluding the Rocinante.

TriviaEdit

  • Coilguns, which use a sequence of electromagnets to pull a projectile down a barrel can not fire tungsten slugs. If magnetism is used to accelerate its projectiles it would do a poor job in the case of tungsten because it does not possess strong magnetic properties. In the parlance of material science, it is paramagnetic, it is weakly attracted to a magnetic field.
  • A railgun uses the Lorentz Force, as in it will move perpendicularly or at a right angle with respect to the direction of the current path and magnetic field, to accelerate projectiles. The effect is initiated when a pair of electrically charged rails is bridged with an electroconductive material, like Tungsten for example .
  • Technically in both cases though you can use projectiles that don't fit the criteria of either weapons system, if you use a hybrid design model that incorporates the best of both weapons: A railgun with a non-conductive projectile and a conductive layer at the base; Coil guns that uses a projectile composed of a core or sabot of paramagnetic material wrapped in non-paramagnetic cladding.
  • Current US Navy testing of Railguns[1] employ Tungsten projectiles. Should the weapons be deployed, they will use Tungsten or Depleted Uranium projectiles.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/spacegunconvent.php#id--Kinetic_Kill_Weapons--Railgunshow

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