Functional Dependence of the V-I Characteristic of an Arc on the Thermal Parameters

Spencer P. Kuo, E. Levi, E. E. Kunhardt, S. C. Kuo

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Numerical and analytical results of a self-consistent anal- ysis of the voltage-current (V-I) characteristic of an electrical discharge are presented. The dependences of the critical current density for the onset of the arc and the peak voltage drop on the exponent n characterizing the dependence of conductivity on temperature are examined. They are found empirically to be proportional to [formula omitted] respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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