Accession Number:

AD0605984

Title:

LOW PRESSURE ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE STUDIES,

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TRW SPACE TECHNOLOGY LABS LOS ANGELES CALIF

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Report Date:

1959-12-17

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

The report concerns electrical breakdown of air at low pressures or high altitudes 70,000 to 250,000 feet due to secondary emission. Information pertinent to the problem of low frequency 0 to 1000 cps sparking was compiled through a literature survey. A bibliography concerning electrical breakdown at both low and high frequencies was compiled. A test program yielded the following results no statistically significant deviation from Paschens Law was detected. The addition of water vapor to the air constituting the test environment caused a significant lowering of the minimum sparking voltage. Recommendations are made relative to test programs for missile electrical components employing voltages higher than 200 volts. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE