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Shock and Vibration
Volume 8 (2001), Issue 3-4, Pages 141-145

Comparison of the Recoil of Conventional and Electromagnetic Cannon

Edward M. Schmidt

Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5066, USA

Received 15 October 2001; Revised 15 October 2001

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The recoil from an electromagnetic (EM) railgun is discussed and compared with that from conventional, propellant gas driven cannon. It is shown that, under similar launch conditions, the recoil of the EM gun is less than that of the powder gun; however, use of a muzzle brake on a powder gun can alter this relative behavior.