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Two Dimensional Particle-in-Cell Simulation of Predischarge Phenomena Along an Insulator

  • W. Pfeiffer
  • L. Z. Tong
  • D. Schoen

Abstract

A two-dimensional model for simulation of gas discharges along a resin insulator in SF6/N2 gas mixtures is developed by means of the Particle-in-cell and Monte Carlo (PIC-MCC) approach. The electron swarm and the following streamer developments are fully simulated, in which the elastic, exciting, ionising and attaching collisions between electrons and neutral gas molecules are considered, and the gas photoionisation and the photoelectric emission from cathode surface are realised by using a probabilistic scheme. Considering the effects of the space charges, Poisson fields are solved for each time step. The attached charges at the insulator surface are calculated according to the electric field distribution and taken into account for the solution of Poisson fields. The dynamic behaviour of electron swarms and streamer formation during the discharge are presented and analysed.

Keywords

Electric Field Distribution Insulator Surface Electron Avalanche Discharge Phenomenon Dissociative Attachment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Pfeiffer
  • L. Z. Tong
  • D. Schoen
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Electrical Measuring Techniques at Darmstadt University of TechnologyGermany

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