Simulation and measurement of an electrostatic discharge

Su, Yi-chuan, Steinberg, Theodore, Lyall, James, & Castillo, Martin (2010) Simulation and measurement of an electrostatic discharge. In Proceedings of Hazards Conference Perth 2010, IDC Technologies, Mercure Hotel, Perth, Western Australia.

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Electrostatic discharge is the sudden and brief electric current that flashes between two objects at different voltages. This is a serious issue ranging in application from solid-state electronics to spectacular and dangerous lightning strikes (arc flashes). The research herein presents work on the experimental simulation and measurement of the energy in an electrostatic discharge. The energy released in these discharges has been linked to ignitions and burning in a number of documented disasters and can be enormously hazardous in many other industrial scenarios. Simulations of electrostatic discharges were designed to specifications by IEC standards. This is typically based on the residual voltage/charge on the discharge capacitor, whereas this research examines the voltage and current in the actual spark in order to obtain a more precise comparative measurement of the energy dissipated.

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ID Code: 38418
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Electrostatic discharge, Ignition energy, Human body model, Capacitor discharge model, Simulation and measurement
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified (090699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200) > Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified (091299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2010 22:27
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:31

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