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Low Voltage Firing Characteristics of a Simple Triggered Vacuum Gap

Kamakshaiah, S and Rau, RSN (1977) Low Voltage Firing Characteristics of a Simple Triggered Vacuum Gap. In: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 5 (3). pp. 164-170.

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The firing characteristics of the simple triggered vacuum gap (TVG) using lead zirconate titanate as dielectric material in the triggered gap are described. This TVG has a long life of about 2000 firings without appreciable deterioration of the electrical properties for main discharge currents upto 3 kA and is much superior to these made with Supramica (Mycalex Corporation of America) and silicon carbide as used in our earlier investigations. The effects of the variation of trigger voltage, trigger curcit, trigger pulse duration, trigger pulse energy, main gap voltage, main gap separation and main circuit energy on the firing characteristics have been studied. Trigger resistance progressively decreases with the number of firings of the trigger gap and as well as of the main gap. This decrease in the trigger resistance is more pronounced for main discharge currents exceeding 10 kA. The minimum trigger current required for reliable firing decreases with increase of trigger voltage upto a threshold value of 1.2 kV and there-onwards saturates at 3.0 A. This value is less than that obtained with Supramica as dielectric material. One hundred percent firing probability of the TVG at main gap voltages as low as 50 V is possible and this low voltage breakdown of the main gap appears to be similar to the breakdown at low pressures between moving plasma by other workers. and the cold electrodes immersed in it, as reported.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Publisher: IEEE
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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > High Voltage Engineering (merged with EE)
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 07:01
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2012 07:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/43036

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