DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF A STATISTICAL EXPERIMENT ON HIGH VOLTAGE BREAKDOWN IN VACUUM
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH NJ
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The results of an experiment designed as a quarter replicate of a 2 to the 7th power plan on factors effecting high-voltage breakdown in vacuum are given. The significance of each of the seven factors is analyzed, showing the effect of electrode materials, electrode geometry, electrode finishes, and the bakeout process. A good degree of confidence was obtained showing that the anode material and anode geometry are important in the cause for breakdown. The results of these statistically designed experiments and other experiments performed investigating the activity in high-voltage gaps lead to the conclusion that anode effects play a major role in the breakdown process. Upon completion of the full line of designed experiments, the information gained from this work will be compiled in charts and graphs as a design monograph for the high-voltage high vacuum component design engineer.
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