Further studies of the fragmentation of wires due to pulsed currents

D. P. Wall, J. E. Allen

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The phenomenon whereby wires may fragment in the solid state when subject to a sufficiently high pulsed current was studied. The study considered the creation of stress waves due to both a thermal mechanism arising from Joule heating, and a Lorentz force mechanism. It was found that fractures occurred successively due to a longitudinal tensile stress. Two cases, including a double fracture at each end of a clamped wire, and a fracture at the centerplane of a wire with free ends were considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-122
Number of pages4
JournalIEE Colloquium (Digest)
Issue number156
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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