Corona Discharge Currents of a Point Plane Air Gap: Spectroscopic Studies and effects of Silicone Rubber

Hinde, David D & Birtwhistle, David (2008) Corona Discharge Currents of a Point Plane Air Gap: Spectroscopic Studies and effects of Silicone Rubber. In XVII International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, 7th -12th September 2008, Cardiff University.


This paper describes results of measurements made using modern digital instrumentation to simultaneously record current pulses and visible images associated with corona discharges in a 8.255 mm point-plane gap in atmospheric air with 50 Hz applied voltages up to flashover.

Discharge current pulses are recorded at a sampling rate of 200 mega samples per second by a digital oscilloscope with an estimated 14 nsec time constant for the total measuring circuitry. The effect of a 0.2 mm sheet of silicone rubber insulation placed over the surface of the plane electrode is also examined. Analysis of the current measurements provides new information about the formation of pulses particularly double-peaked types observed only occasionally by previous researchers.

Photographs from a digital camera with extended UV capability show images of the corona produced for each type of discharge and atomic emission spectra of the corona are obtained up to and including spark-over with a high resolution digital spectrometer with a fiber optic probe, for wavelengths from 200 nm to 1100 nm with an accuracy of +/- 0.25 nm.

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ID Code: 14992
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Spectrum corona discharges point plane silicone rubber
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > ATOMIC MOLECULAR NUCLEAR PARTICLE AND PLASMA PHYSICS (020200) > Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges (020204)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:41

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