Physics of dielectric surface flashover at atmospheric pressure

John Krile, Andreas Neuber, James Dickens, Hermann Krompholz

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The limits of the applicability of dc, ac, or pulsed high voltage are determined by breakdown along insulators or insulating support structures. It is of major technical importance to predict breakdown voltages for given structures, with parameters such as geometry, material, and temporal characteristics of the applied voltage. The impact of atmospheric conditions such as humidity, pressure, temperature, and types of gas present is also important. A setup has been devised to simulate and closely monitor flashover across various gap distances and insulator geometries at atmospheric conditions at different humidities. Current, voltage, luminosity, and optical emission spectra were measured with nanosecond to sub-nanosecond resolution. Spatially and temporally resolved light emission data yielded quantitative information about the charge carrier amplification, the location of this amplification, and its role in the formation of streamers.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2003
Event14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2003Jun 18 2003


Conference14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


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