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The influence of unipolar axial magnetic field on the behavior of vacuum arcs

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3 Author(s)
Fenski, B. ; ABB Calor Emag Mittelspannung GmbH, Ratingen, Germany ; Heimbach, M. ; Shang, W.

The behavior of vacuum arcs under the influence of unipolar axial magnetic field (AMF) has been investigated. In experimental investigations, the vacuum arc mode is studied at different arc currents by using high-speed charge-coupled device (CCD) video images. In spite of the AMF, first sign of arc constriction appears at relatively small currents of about 15 kA (RMS). Three different arc modes were found. Based on generalized Ohm's law, the current density distribution in the vacuum arc with unipolar axial magnetic field is computed using three-dimensional finite-element method (FEM) software. The calculated current distribution is confirmed by the vacuum arc appearance taken from CCD video film. The distribution of AMF can be optimized by such experiments and theoretical analysis.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 2 )