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Formation of PCDF and PCDD in electrical discharges

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3 Author(s)
T. O. Rouse ; Gen. Electr. Co., Pittsfield, MA, USA ; R. E. Koch ; F. L. DeRoos

The formation of polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF) and dibenzo-dioxins (PCDD) in electrical discharges in liquids containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is examined. Little or no formation of these products was found in high-energy short-duration breakdowns or arcs in air-saturated trichlorobenzene (TCB), mixtures of TCB and PCB, or mineral oils containing small amounts of PCB. Low-energy partial discharges could not be sustained in air-saturated liquids. It is concluded that the formation of PCDF and PCDD within electrical equipment does no appear likely.<>

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IEEE Transactions on Electrical Insulation  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 6 )