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.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 1993|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1993 9th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Albuquerque, NM, USA|
Duration: Jun 21 1993 → Jun 23 1993
|Conference||Proceedings of the 1993 9th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2)|
|City||Albuquerque, NM, USA|
|Period||06/21/93 → 06/23/93|