Condenser Discharges Through a General Gas Circuit

Charles P. Steinmetz
1922 Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers  
Review of the Subject.-Any change in the electrical is not in the middle, but before the middle, as is best seen in Fig. b conditions of a circuit, whether internal, such as a change of load, These classical equations of the condenser discharge however starting and switching operations, short circuits, or external, apply only when the resistance of the circuit is constant, or pracsuch as due to lightning, involves a readjustment of the stored electro-tically so, that is, when all the energy
more » ... all the energy dissipation occurs in a metallic magnetic and electrostatic energy of the circuit, that is a so-called or electrolytic resistance; that is, a resistance consuming a voltage transient. Such transient is of the general character of a condenser proportional to the current, and in which therefore the voltage drop discharge through an inductive circuit. The phenomenon of the in the resistance becomes zero for zero current. These classical condenser discharge through an inductive circuit therefore is of equations however do not apply even approximately, when the rethe greatest importance to the engineer, as the foremost cause of sistance of the circuit is not constant but varies with the current, high-voltage and high-frequency troubles in electric circuits. as is the case in a gas circuit, such as a spark gap, vacuum tube,
doi:10.1109/t-aiee.1922.5060762 fatcat:w2g43kjuwjcc5px5fdd4ssbtam