The Effect of Transverse Magnetic Field on Making & Breaking Arc Durations of Electrical Contact

Yun LIU  Guangda XU  Laijun ZHAO  Zhenbiao LI  Makoto HASEGAWA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E95-C   No.9   pp.1481-1486
Publication Date: 2012/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E95.C.1481
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Development of Electro-Mechanical Devices - Papers selected from International Session on Electro-Mechanical Devices 2011 (IS-EMD2011) and other recent research results -)
transverse magnetic field (TMF),  making and breaking arc duration,  relay,  contact,  

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Application of transverse magnetic field (TMF) is one of the most important ways to improve electric life and breaking capacity of DC relays. For better understanding of dependence of arc durations on transverse magnetic field, a series of experiments were conducted under an external transverse magnetic field with 12 pairs of AgSnO2 contacts in a DC 28 V 60 A/30 A/5 A circuit, respectively. By using permanent magnets, the transverse magnetic field was obtained and the magnetic flux density at the gap center was varied from 13 to 94 mT. The results show that breaking arc duration is decreased monotonically with increases in the magnetic flux density, but making arc duration isn't decreased monotonically with increases in the magnetic flux density. In addition, both the magnetic flux density and the breaking arc duration have threshold values Bl and Tbmin, respectively, which means the breaking arc duration is almost stable with the value Tbmin even if the magnetic flux density is higher than Bl.