Micro-arcing and arc erosion minimization using a DC hybrid switching device

Swingler, J. and McBride, J.W. (2008) Micro-arcing and arc erosion minimization using a DC hybrid switching device. IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, 31, (2), 425-430. (doi:10.1109/TCAPT.2008.921640).


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Hybrid switching devices utilize the advantages of both conventional electrical contacts and solid state electronics to minimize arcing during opening and closing operations. This can result in higher reliability and reduces the need for high cost specialist contact materials. The hybrid switch does not eliminate arcing completely, due to the inductive nature of circuits; micro-arcing is known to occur.
An experimental dc hybrid switching device is introduced which minimizes arcing for 42 V applications. The characteristics of micro-arcing are investigated to determine the factors which influence the duration of micro-arcs. Surface profiling techniques are used to determine low level contact erosion. The magnitude of contact erosion is related to the micro-arcing.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1109/TCAPT.2008.921640
ISSNs: 1521-3331 (print)
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Keywords: arc erosion, hybrid switch, micro-arcing
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Electro-Mechanical Engineering
ePrint ID: 51076
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2008Published
Date Deposited: 02 May 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:29
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/51076

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