[TCML] High Power Static Gaps
Gary.Lau at hp.com
Mon Sep 8 06:54:26 MDT 2008
I would agree that the losses in a pressurized single gap may be lower than a multiple TCBOR gap, but I'm not sure that quenching would be better. In fact I suspect that quenching in multiple gap designs is inherently better than single gap designs. The take home message however is that quenching is NOT always a predictor of performance. It's always a trade-off between gap losses, and poor quenching (which itself incurs additional gap losses via longer gap activity).
Regards, Gary Lau
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> Bart -
> I'm not sure that I agree that the performance "will be the same".
> Certainly, you can increase the width of the non-pressurized gap so the breakdown
> voltage is the same as a pressurized gap. However, one of the largest benefits of of
> a correctly-designed "pressurized" gap is the extremely high air velocity through the
> gap. Quenching should be measurably better than a simple ventilated TCBOR gap,
> or even a vacuum gap where the maximum pressure differential across the gap can
> never exceed 14.7 PSI. However, I don't have comparative data at this point .....
> Herr Zapp
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