Streamers in Liquids

  • Robert E. Tobazéon
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 193)


Faults in devices subjected to an electric field are mostly due to electric breakdown of the insulations. Such a breakdown is the ultimate stage of irreversible processes which make any material switch from the insulating state to a conducting one (via an arc between two conductors). The situation is more or less catastrophic according to the nature of the insulator: solids, afterwards, are generally unable to sustain a further application of the voltage, whereas fluids (gases, liquids) can often do so, since they are easily renewed in the gap (by natural or forced convection).


Uniform Field Electron Avalanche Streamer Propagation Fast Streamer Impulse Voltage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Tobazéon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Electrostatique et de Matériaux DiélectriquesCentre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueGrenoble CedexFrance
  2. 2.Technologique et Médicale de GrenobleLaboratoire Associé à l’Université ScientfiqueFrance

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