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An experimental investigation on high-frequency vacuum arc interruption at small gap length

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2 Author(s)
Fu, Y.H. ; N.V. Kema, Arnhem, Netherlands ; Smeets, R.

An experimental study of high-frequency (126, 230 kHz) vacuum arc interruption behavior and the voltage escalation processes at a small gap length (⩽1 mm) for three contact materials (Cu, CuCr, and CuTeSe) is discussed. Two experimental methods have been used: current injection in a low-voltage circuit and in a 10-kV AC circuit. Experimental results of the high-frequency current interruption ability and the dielectric breakdown voltage are presented. Three kinds of breakdown are distinguished: the reignition voltage, the breakdown voltage, and the cold breakdown voltage. It has been found that the interruption ability is directly related to the reignition voltage

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Oct 1991

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