Influences of Contact Opening Speeds on Break Arc Behaviors of AgSnO2 Contact Pairs in DC Inductive Load Conditions

Makoto HASEGAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E98-C   No.9   pp.923-927
Publication Date: 2015/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E98.C.923
Type of Manuscript: BRIEF PAPER
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Keyword: 
break arc,  contact opening speed,  AgSnO2 contacts,  

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Summary: 
Break operations of DC inductive (L=20mH) load currents up to about 5A with 14V were conducted in air with AgSnO2 contact pairs under different contact opening speeds, first up to 20mm/s and then to 200mm/s. Average break arc duration at each current level was calculated under the respective opening speeds. While break arc durations became shorter with increases in the opening speeds at larger current levels, such reduction tendencies were less significant with an increase of the contact opening speed from 20mm/s to 200mm/s, even when operated to break a load current of 5A. Both load current levels and contact opening speed levels seem to exhibit certain roles for realizing arc shortening effects.