Optimization of a fuse opening switch for a compact power conditioning unit

J. Korn, A. Young, A. Neuber, C. Davis, M. Elsayed, M. Kristiansen, L. L. Altgilbers

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Abstract

The results from an investigation into the performance of a fuse opening switch, to be used as a component of a compact power conditioning unit, PCU, in an explosively driven high power microwave system, is presented. A pulse forming network designed to mimic the current action of a flux compression generator is utilized for these experiments. The investigation focused on the effect of altering fuse parameters, such as the diameter of fuse conductors and conductor winding geometry, on voltage and power levels delivered to a resistive load. Also, experiments were conducted with a thin layer of Semicosil, a commercial silicon material used in slower fusing opening switches, applied to fuse conductors, to investigate the possible advantages of using such a coating. Experiments showed that an increased number of conductor wires (with an approximately constant total cross-sectional area) resulted in similar voltages delivered to the resistive load, and that coating fuse conductors with Semicosil had a negligible effect on power delivery. A detailed description of these experiments will be given, along with data and waveforms illustrating the effects of these parameter variations on power levels delivered to the load.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010
Pages397-400
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: May 23 2010May 27 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010

Conference

Conference2010 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period05/23/1005/27/10

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