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Main Title Onset of electrical breakdown in dust layers: 1. : microsparking described by Paschen's law /
Author Young, R. P. ; DuBard, J. L. ; Sparks, L. E.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
DuBard, James L.
Sparks, Leslie E.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab. ;Southern Research Inst., Birmingham, AL.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1988
Report Number EPA/600/J-88/253
Stock Number PB89-197743
Additional Subjects Electrostatic precipitators ; Dust collectors ; Avalanche breakdown ; Combustion deposits ; Particle size distribution ; Electrical resistivity ; Voids ; Layers ; Water vapor ; Air pollution control equipment ; Cements ; Fly ash ; Tables(Data) ; Graphs(Charts) ; Reprints
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB89-197743 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 10 pages ; 28 cm
The paper describes a study of the onset of electrical breakdown in dust layers, for hand-deposited dust layers in a parallel-plate geometry. It was found that the breakdown was an ordinary electron avalanche process originating in voids within the dust layer and obeying Paschen's Law. The size of voids where breakdown occurs was in the range of 10-20 micrometers for the layers used. The distribution of particle sizes in a sample influences its breakdown through changes in the average void dimension where breakdown takes place. Water vapor in the test environment, which affects the electrical conduction mechanism prior to breakdown, lowered the average electric field required to initiate breakdown. Moderate compaction of the sample had little or no effect on its breakdown behavior. (Copyright (c) 1988 APCA.)
"Contract no. CR808973 and CR810284." "Journal article." "EPA/600/J-88/253." "Published in JAPCA, 38:11, pp. 1412-1418, November 1988." Microfiche.