Bulk distribution of fault currents in a MHD faraday channel

S. Kuo, E. Levi

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A general impulse excitation technique is developed for exact two-dimensional analyses of electric faults. The exact impulse response function is derived and used to determine analytically the distribution of the fault current in the plasma core for the three specific cases: (1) short circuit of one load, (2) one load rejection, and (3) short circuit between two adjacent electrodes. The obtained fault currents are also presented in three dimensional plots for clarity. The results show that the faults hardly affect the core of the plasma, and that the perturbation currents flow in the thin boundary layers adjacent to the electrodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984


  • Analytical solution
  • Electric faults
  • Faraday channel
  • Impulse response function
  • MHD generator
  • Open circuit
  • Short circuit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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