Because of its instability, it is difficult to measure precisely the electron density (ne) of a long-gap decaying arc discharge in a circuit breaker. However, it is well known that it is an essential parameter for the determination of success or failure of the current interruption in a circuit breaker. In this paper, the spatiotemporal evolutions of the electron density were successfully measured in decaying SF6 gas-blast arc discharges formed with a long gap (50 mm) in a confined nozzle using laser Thomson scattering. Pure Ar gas and an 80%Ar/20%SF6 mixture gas were used as the arc quenching media at atmospheric pressure. After reducing the current to zero, both the measured ne and arc radius in the Ar/SF6 gas arc clearly decayed more rapidly than in the pure Ar gas arc.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films