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The Development of Fast Single-Shot and Repetitively-Operated SF6 Closing Switches for Pulsed-Power Applications

  • Owen Farish
  • Scott J. MacGregor

Abstract

When sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) was first considered as a replacement for compressed air in gas-blast switchgear, it was attractive both for its high intrinsic strength and for its excellent dielectric recovery characteristics. These factors, coupled with the very rapid rates of voltage collapse, and hence the high values of dl/dt which are achievable at breakdown, also make SF6 the dielectric of choice in high-power plasma closing switches. For single-shot applications, SF6 spark-gap switches can be designed for voltages of 10kV-5MV, high current-handling capability and switching speeds up to 1015V/s.

Keywords

Pulse Electric Field Sulphur Hexafluoride Thermal Recovery Voltage Collapse Voltage Recovery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen Farish
    • 1
  • Scott J. MacGregor
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Energy and EnvironmentUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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