Lifetime of the HCEI spark gap switch for linear transformer drivers

Alexander A. Kim, Michael G. Mazarakis, Vadim A. Sinebryukhov, Sergey N. Volkov, Vitaly M. Alexeenko, Sergey S. Kondratiev, Sergey V. Vasiliev

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    Spark gap switches, storage capacitors, and ferromagnetic cores are the most important components of the Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) cavities. Depending on their output voltage and current, LTD-based accelerators may need several thousands switches, hence the switch lifetime is of crucial importance. Unlike the capacitors and the cores, the LTD switches are still in the developmental stage and are designed and built mainly by various laboratories; thus the lifetime of different switches may vary. In this paper we present recent results of the first full-scale experiments that were aimed to evaluate the life-Time of the LTD switches developed by HCEI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Print)9781479984039
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2015
    EventIEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015 - Austin, United States
    Duration: 31 May 20154 Jun 2015


    OtherIEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015
    CountryUnited States


    • Corona
    • Delays
    • Jitter
    • Needles
    • Resistors
    • Sparks
    • Switches

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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