Factors Contributing to Streamer Morphology

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2002

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Hebner, R.E.

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IEEE

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Recent work shows that the range of morphology of anode streamers in liquid dielectric breakdown is predicted when it is represented as stochastic growth of a branching fractal tree. This model may be analogous to the critical volume model of breakdown used in gases. Assuming there is a relationship, leads to a concept of how affecting the electron production and recombination rates in a fluid can affect streamer behavior. These concepts were tested by measuring the effect on streamer behavior due to adding a commercial antistatic additive to toluene. The results were consistent with the concepts of the model but insufficient to define the limits of the model's applicability.

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R.E. Hebner, “Factors contributing to streamer morphology,” Proceedings, 14th International Conference on Dielectric Liquids, (ICDL 2002), Graz, Austria, July 7-12, 2002, pp. 155-158.

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