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The Vacuum Arc

Authored by: Paul G. Slade

The Vacuum Interrupter

Print publication date:  September  2020
Online publication date:  September  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367275051
eBook ISBN: 9780429298912
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Chapter 2 discusses making contact, the blow off force, the formation of the vacuum arc as the contacts open, and how its appearance changes as a function of current. It reviews the interaction of the vacuum arc with transverse and axial magnetic fields. Three forms of anode spot are also presented.

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