Air Flow Measurements during Medium-Voltage Load Current Interruptions
Keywords:Load break switch, switchgear, medium voltage, arc, air flow, thermal interruption
Air has been considered a good alternative to SF6 as arc quenching medium for load break switchgear at medium voltage ratings. In this work, the air flow characteristics and influence from the electric arc have been studied for typical currents and over-pressures. The cooling air velocity is typically in the range 150 - 200 m/s and thus well below supersonic speed. The arc and the surrounding hot air severely affect the air flow pattern by causing clogging in the contact and nozzle region.
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