THE APPLICATION OF P.W. BRIDGMAN'S 'NEW EMF' TO EXPLODING WIRE PHENOMENA
TEMPLE UNIV PHILADELPHIA PA
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P.W. Bridgman propounded the possible existence of a New emf generated in a conductor carrying a current due to a time varying temperature. This emf was not detected by any researchers due to the fact that the magnitude of this generated voltage is very small under normal conditions. However, under the conditions of an exploding wire the magnitude of the emf can become increasingly important. It is shown that this effect can possibly account for the excess energy required to melt and vaporize a wire under the extreme conditions of a rapid discharge.
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