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The net zero erosion phenomena on opening switching contacts with AC loading

Swingler, J. and McBride, J.W. (1997) The net zero erosion phenomena on opening switching contacts with AC loading In Proceedings of the Forty-Third IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts, 1997. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers., pp. 238-245. (doi:10.1109/HOLM.1997.638048).

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Studies have been conducted of silver metal oxide contacts on a purposed built apparatus to investigate the extent of erosion under opening (break) operations. The investigation focused on opening the contacts under AC loading of up to 30 A rms and opening these contacts at particular points in the current duty cycle (or Point-On-Wave, POW). A number of erosion and deposition mechanisms have been observed to dominate at particular current loading which were also dependent on the point-on-wave opening. These mechanisms were found to balance at particular current values and point-on-wave opening leading to a net zero mass transfer between the two contacts. This paper presents data on mass transfer against these two parameters of current and point-on-wave showing the net zero mass transfer curve. It was found that the curve was the same for both silver tin oxide and silver cadmium oxide. However, in the case of silver tin oxide the magnitude of erosion and deposition was larger than in the silver cadmium oxide case. The metal and gaseous ion phases of the arc discharge are presented as mechanisms behind this phenomena.

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Published date: 6 August 1997
Venue - Dates: Forty-Third IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts, 1997-10-20 - 1997-10-22


Local EPrints ID: 21120
ISBN: 0780339681
PURE UUID: 7a83ed3e-4a85-4e47-98d9-1cb7b2a30d82

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Date deposited: 03 Nov 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:27

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Author: J. Swingler
Author: J.W. McBride

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