Electrode performance of a three electrode triggered high energy spark gap switch

J. C. Dickens, T. G. Engel, M. Kristiansen

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Abstract

Electrode erosion rates and voltage holdoff stability are presented for various electrode materials used in a triggered spark gap switch. The switch utilized an electrical trigger with the triggered electrode positioned perpendicular to the main gap. Results show a significant reduction in electrode erosion rates over those for non-triggered gaps. The lowered erosion rates are attributed in part to the lower voltage and current product during switch turn-on. The tests are conducted across a broad range of peak currents (i.e. 10 kA - 400 kA) and materials, including copper-tungsten, copper-tungsten LaB6, and tungsten.

Original languageEnglish
Pages471-474
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the 1993 9th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Albuquerque, NM, USA
Duration: Jun 21 1993Jun 23 1993

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1993 9th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2)
CityAlbuquerque, NM, USA
Period06/21/9306/23/93

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    Dickens, J. C., Engel, T. G., & Kristiansen, M. (1993). Electrode performance of a three electrode triggered high energy spark gap switch. 471-474. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1993 9th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2), Albuquerque, NM, USA, . https://doi.org/10.1109/ppc.1993.513376