Experimental Investigation on the Arc Motion with Different Configurations of Quenching Chamber in AC Contactor

Degui CHEN  Ruicheng DAI  Xingwen LI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E89-C   No.8   pp.1201-1205
Publication Date: 2006/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e89-c.8.1201
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Development of Electromechanical Devices (Selected Papers from IS-EMD2005))
Category: Contactors & Circuit Breakers
AC contactor,  arc motion,  reignition probability,  

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Two dimensional optical fiber measurement system is used to investigate experimentally the arc motion and reignition with four different configurations of quenching chamber in an AC contactor. It demonstrates that the splitter plate arrangement has significant effect on the arc motion in arc quenching chamber, and fixing arc runner in the first and last splitter plates benefits to arc motion, and increase the dielectric recovery strength. The results are very useful to design the quenching chamber in AC contactor with high performance.