Experimental Analysis of Arc Waveform Affected by Holder Temperature Change at Slowly Separation of Silver-Tin Dioxide Contacts

Yoshiki KAYANO  Kazuaki MIYANAGA  Hiroshi INOUE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E96-C   No.9   pp.1110-1118
Publication Date: 2013/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E96.C.1110
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 2012 (IS-EMD2012) and other recent research results —)
holder temperature,  slowly separating,  silver-tin dioxide contact,  short-time arc,  arc duration,  

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Arc discharge at breaking electrical contact is considered as a main source of not only degradation of the electrical property but also an undesired electromagnetic (EM) noise. In order to clarify the effect of holder temperature on the bridge and arc-duration, opening-waveforms at slowly separating silver-tin dioxide contact with different holder temperature are measured and discussed experimentally in this paper. Firstly, as opening-waveforms, the contact voltage, the contact current and the movement of moving contact related to the gap length are measured simultaneously. Secondly, the relationship between temperature of the holder and duration of the arc was quantified experimentally. It was revealed that as the initial temperature of the holder becomes higher, arc-duration becomes slightly longer. More importantly, the holder temperature dependencies of percentage of each-phase (metallic and gaseous-phases) are different with different closed-current.