I'm an EE student, trying to design a coilgun project. I have had luck with a basic prototype similar in construction to the one on this site, however with smaller flash capacitors in parallel (total of 600uF). The problem is that, despite including a trigger circuit, I must charge the caps with the coil/scr sub circuit disconnected, then disconnect the charging circuit and plug in the "firing" circuit. Any idea what could be causing this?
Also, I'm curious about the firing circuit in the schematic. What prevents it from frying when the SCR gate is triggered? It seems like a ton of current will be dumped back into that side of the circuit, frying the switch and damaging the 9 V battery at the very least.
Note: I'm using a different SCR to that used by that schematic - I'm using a 2N6509G in a standard to-220 package. He is using a silicon power cube, with 4 of the 5 contacts connected. Perhaps this difference is what protects his trigger circuit? Any help appreciated!