High-voltage pulsed generators for electro-discharge technologies

B. M. Kovalchuk, A. V. Kharlov, E. V. Kumpyak, V. A. Sinebrykhov

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    A high-voltage pulse technology is one of effective techniques for the disintegration and milling of rocks, separation of ores and synthesized materials, recycling of building and elastoplastic materials. We present here the design and test results of two portable HV pulsed generators, designed for materials fragmentation, though some other technological applications are possible as well. Generator #1 consists of low voltage block, high voltage transformer, high voltage capacitive storage block, two electrode gas switch, fragmentation chamber and control system block. Technical characteristics of the #1 generator: stored energy in HV capacitors can be varied from 50 to 1000 J, output voltage up to 300 kV, voltage rise time ∼ 50 ns, typical operation regime 1000 pulses bursts with a repetitive rate up to 10 Hz. Generator #2 is made on an eight stages Marx scheme with two capacitors (100 kV-400 nF) per stage, connected in parallel. Two electrode spark gap switches, operated in atmospheric air, are used in the Marx generator. Parameters of the generator: stored energy in capacitors 2÷8 kJ, amplitude of the output voltage 200÷400 kV, voltage rise time on a load 50÷100 ns, repetitive rate up to 0.5 Hz. The fragmentation process can be controlled within a wide range of parameters for both generators.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberP09012
    JournalJournal of Instrumentation
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013


    • Plasma generation (laser-produced, RF, x ray-produced)
    • Pulsed power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Instrumentation
    • Mathematical Physics

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