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Corona failure at foil edges is the principal failure mechanism in well-designed and manufactured high energy-density pulse-discharge capacitors. By forming the foil edge with laser cutting or spark discharge machining, a 25-percent increase in corona inception voltage (CIV) over untreated edges is obtained. Folded foil produces a larger increase. Weight minimization using peak edge field as the limiting factor suggests that a configuration where the foil and dielectric are of equal thickness produces the lightest capacitor. Typical designs are presented.
Parts, Hybrids, and Packaging, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:13 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: Sep 1977