Electrical and optical investigations are focused on a vacuum circuit breaker study. The short-circuit regime in the low-voltage network is exactly reproduced by a specific test circuit. The analysis of the phenomena during the high-current evolution and on the current-zero zone is made for the purpose of increasing the breaking capability of this kind of equipment. The displacement speed of the arc column on the surface of the contact pieces in the case of the transverse magnetic field solution is correlated with the spatial and temporal plasma diagnostic. For post-arc current being an important element defining the quality of the short-circuit interruption process, specific measurements are also performed. For better understanding of the high-current interruption in vacuum, the experimentally studied phenomena are mathematically modeled.
Moving Arc Modeling in the Case of Vacuum Interrupter
AUTHORS: Dan PAVELESCU, Smaranda NIȚU, Gabriela PAVELESCU, Paula ANGHELIȚĂ
PRESENTED AT: Proc. of the 15th International Conference on Plasma Physics and Applications – CPPA 2010, 1-4 July 2010