ULTRA HIGH POWER TRANSMISSION LINE TECHNIQUES.
Technical note no. 2, 19 Dec 61-19 Jun 62,
ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y
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Problems related to failure mechanisms in ultrahigh power transmission lines are treated. A more general equation for breakdown is derived for non-uniform conditions using the Boltzmann transport theory and then an approximate solution is discussed for breakdown at a heated surface. Experimental verification including measurements up to pressures of several atmospheres is given for the transition from a localized breakdown at a small hemisphere to a main-volume breakdown. Results of an experimental study of arc movement is given which includes several gases under a variety of conditions. Author