Lifetime Considerations

  • Anthony L. Donaldson
Part of the Advances in Pulsed Power Technology book series (APUT, volume 2)


Electrode erosion, resulting from high current transient arcs is one of the most important factors affecting the lifetime of a variety of devices, including spark gaps and mass drivers. Despite a rich history of both theoretical and experimental work there remains a considerable amount of disagreement and uncertainty as to the role and scaling of most of the factors which apparently affect electrode erosion. In addition, whereas considerable research has been accomplished in various foreign countries (primarily in the Soviet Union during the 1960’s and 1970’s) most of these results have either remained untranslated until very recently or were not widely read by the technical community in the West.


Heat Flux Joule Heating Electrode Erosion Voltage Collapse Electrode Heating 
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  • Anthony L. Donaldson
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  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical EngineeringTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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