DC Arc Extinction Using External Magnetic Field in Switching Device

  • Cho Hyun-Kil (Magnetic Switch Design Team of LS Industrial System Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Lee Eun-Woong (Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Jeong Jong-Ho (Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chungnam National University)
  • Published : 2005.12.01


In this paper, the electromagnetic force acting in the arc column of 3 different extinction units is compared with using the FEM (Finite Element Method) and the arc velocity is calculated by the drag force of the fluid mechanics. The experiment for breaking the arc current was performed in each model at 100 volts in order to measure the arcing time. The outcome was compared with the computing value. As a result, this paper proposes that the divided U-shaped grid is able to shorten arcing time and improve the electric performance. It also suggests a methodology for comparing and analyzing the result obtained by simulation and experiment.


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