Atlas Transmission Line Breakdown Analysis
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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The Atlas facility will use 24 radially converging, vertically oriented and tapered, oil insulated, triplate transmission lines between the Marx generators and the inserted as a unit into oil-filled steel tanks. The negative, central load region. Among the requirements of the high-voltage, center conductor is 2.54-cm thick and the transmission lines are low inductance and high reliability. The inter-conductor gap is nominally 2 cm and the lines taper from a height of 1.75 m at the Marx end to 0.32 m at the output end. The aluminum conductors, held together by 20 insulating spacers, are assembled and inserted as a unit into radial oil-filled steel tanks. The negative, high-voltage, center conductor is 2.54-cm thick and the outer ground conductors are 1.59-cm thick. All 24 triplate-transmission lines connect to a transition section at near 1 m radius that couples the transmission lines to a diskconical solid-dielectric-insulated power flow channel transmission line terminating at the load. Peak operating voltage on the lines can be as high as 240 kV with an effective stress time of 0.8 microsec. Testing of small sections of the total area have been completed and the test results are analyzed to show that the probability of failure at these voltage levels is less than 1 in 1000 system shots.
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