Effects of Transmission Lines in Applications of Exploding Wires
In many applications, the lengths of connecting wires in exploding wire circuits may vary from a few inches to several feet. The connecting wires act as a transmission line with a characteristic impedance unique to the physical configuration of the circuit. If the time period of the wire explosion phenomenon is comparable to the transit time of electrical energy in the circuit, the efficiency of energy transfer to the wire is a function of the impedance mismatch between the circuit and the exploding wire. The effective impedance of the exploding wire is nonlinear; therefore, the impedance mismatch is also a function of time and the observed wire explosion phenomenon is affected by the circuit.
KeywordsTransit Time Transmission Line Characteristic Impedance Current Step Impedance Ratio
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