Document


Title

Design and construction of an electric arc generator for fuel ignition studies
Document Type: Book
Author(s): D. J. Latham
Publication Year: 1987

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • energy
  • fire equipment
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • fuel models
  • fuel types
  • ignition
  • lightning caused fires
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39089
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13718
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.79:INT-366 DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Description

Describes design and construction of a system for creating a vertical, unbounded arc discharge in air. The arc is initiated by an exploding tungsten wire and is turned on and off by a silicon-controlled rectifier switching system. As a safety precaution, all circuits are computer controlled through fiber optic and pneumatic connecting link. The SCR swith and decommutar switch are fully protected against excessive current and voltage rate-of-rise. Typical waveforms for short-circuit and arc switching are presented.

Citation:
Latham, D. J. 1987. Design and construction of an electric arc generator for fuel ignition studies. Research Note INT-366. Ogden, UT, USDA Forest Service-Intermountain Research Station.