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Micro-arcing and arc erosion minimisation using a 42 volt DC hybrid switching devices

Swingler, J. and McBride, J.W. (2004) Micro-arcing and arc erosion minimisation using a 42 volt DC hybrid switching devices In Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts and the 22nd International Conference on Electrical Contacts, 2004. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 7 pp, pp. 1-7. (doi:10.1109/HOLM.2004.1353086).

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Hybrid switching devices utilise the advantages of both conventional electrical contacts and solid state electronics to minimise 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 however small the inductance may be, micro-arcing is known to occur. An experimental DC hybrid switching device is introduced which minimises arcing for 42V 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 extent of contact erosion is related to the behaviour of micro-arcs.

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Published date: 8 November 2004
Additional Information: IEEE ref. 1353086
Venue - Dates: 22nd International Conference on Electrical Contacts together with the 50th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts, 2004-09-20 - 2004-09-23
Keywords: hybrid switch, arc erosion, micro-arcing


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ISBN: 0780384601
PURE UUID: ef0f9daa-dbef-4de9-a2b9-2f149f9c0745

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Date deposited: 27 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:20

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

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