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Gas‐flow‐controlled arcs for power collection

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3 Author(s)
Klapas, D. ; Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom ; Hackam, R. ; Benson, F.A.

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Arcs in axial, free or constricted, gas flows were found to be promising as a means of contactless power collection for high‐speed ground transportation vehicles. Satisfactory current collection at speeds up to 250 km/h has been achieved with a 6‐mm gap. Higher speeds or larger gaps, however, may require partial aerodynamic shielding or magnetic trapping of the arc column.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 3 )