Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 30, Number 2, May 2005
|Page(s)||117 - 123|
|Section||Plasma, Discharges and Processes|
|Published online||21 December 2004|
Electrostatic force measurements in positive unipolar wire-to-plane corona discharges in air
BonPhysics B.V., Laan van Heemstede 38, 3297 AJ Puttershoek, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 21 September 2004
Accepted: 22 October 2004
Published online: 21 December 2004
Measurements of electrostatic force generated in the drift region of a positive unipolar wire-to-plane corona discharge in air are compared with numerical simulations. The generated force does not depend on the ion mobilities, preventing the influence of uncertainty and variation of these parameters. A method is described to simulate the voltage and charge distribution for a wire-to-plane set-up. This method enables the determination of the transition between unipolar and bipolar discharges. In the experimental set-up breakdown electric field of air reduces with increasing discharge current.
PACS: 02.60.Cb – Numerical simulation; solution of equations / 02.70.Bf – Finite-difference method / 52.80.Hc – Glow; corona
© EDP Sciences, 2005
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