Two approaches for using explosives to interrupt current flowing in solid conductors are described. One concept uses explosives to extrude the switch conductor into thin regions that fuse due to current in the switch. A preliminary scaling law is presented. The second approach employs dielectric jets to sever current carrying conductors. A feasibility experiment and an improved design are described.
Presented at the 5th IEEE Pulsed Power Conf
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- Electric Current;
- Current Regulators;
- Electronics and Electrical Engineering