Effects of Transmission Lines in Applications of Exploding Wires

  • R. Carroll Maninger


In many applications, the lengths of connecting wires in exploding wire circuits may vary from a few inches to several feet. The connecting wires act as a transmission line with a characteristic impedance unique to the physical configuration of the circuit. If the time period of the wire explosion phenomenon is comparable to the transit time of electrical energy in the circuit, the efficiency of energy transfer to the wire is a function of the impedance mismatch between the circuit and the exploding wire. The effective impedance of the exploding wire is nonlinear; therefore, the impedance mismatch is also a function of time and the observed wire explosion phenomenon is affected by the circuit.


Transit Time Transmission Line Characteristic Impedance Current Step Impedance Ratio 
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  1. 1.
    Stanford Goldman, “Transformation Calculus and Electrical Transients,” Prentice-Hall, 1958, Chapt. 10.Google Scholar
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    Federal Telephone and Radio Co., “Reference Data for Radio Engineers,” 4th ed., 1956, pp. 589–594.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press New York 1962

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Carroll Maninger
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  1. 1.Librascope DivisionGeneral Precision, Inc.SunnyvaleUSA

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