Simultaneous measurement of ignition energy and current signature for brush discharges

L. Fast, B. Andersson, J. Smallwood, P. Holdstock, Jaakko Paasi

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    Accurate prediction of the probability of ignition arising from charged insulators is a crucial element of risk assessment in process industry. Incendiary brush discharges can occur when a large or grounded conductor approaches a charged insulator in the presence of a flammable atmosphere. This paper describes ignition tests based on an IEC standard method and simultaneously recorded temporal distribution of current released in the discharges, using a discharge probe integrated with the ignition probe. Ignition and non-ignition results are compared with peak discharge current and charge transferred in the discharge. No clear ignition threshold was found for either of these parameters. No major differences were found between igniting and non-igniting waveforms
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012035
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event13th International Conference on Electrostatics - Wales, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Apr 201114 Apr 2011
    Conference number: 13


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