DESIGN OF A HIGH VOLTAGE BREAKDOWN IN VACUUM EXPERIMENT.
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH N J
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Although investigators during the past decade have contributed voluminous literature on the mechanism of voltage breakdown in vacuum, there are insufficient data available to permit a straightforward approach to the design of high-voltage sections of high-power electron tubes. It is concluded that there are at least sixteen variables affecting breakdown. Traditional methods of experimenting by varying one parameter at a time would take years to amass the data on which a cohesive theory could be formulated. A pilot experiment was set up based on the statistical approach to experimental design to evaluate the relative importance of each of the variables. The pilot experiment is a partial replicate of a two-level, full factorial design. It is expected that sufficient information will be collected to permit the elimination of variables having minor effects and to permit a more comprehensive design for the final experiment. Author
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