DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A magnetoplasmadynamic switch is adapted to be coupled in parallel with an inductive energy storage circuit carrying current through an initially closed circuit interrupter. The switch includes an electrode spaced by a gap from an arcjet source which is triggered by a capacitor. The capacitor is connected to the arcjet source by a closing switch so that a plasma jet is created between the source and the electrode. The voltage on the capacitor is chosen such that the arcjet source current will equal the current in the energy storage circuit at the time when the circuit interrupter has completely opened. The circuit interrupter is opened after the plasma jet is established between the source and the electrode, and the energy storage circuit current is conducted by the magnetoplasmadynamic switch until the dielectric strength of the circuit interrupter reaches a satisfactory level. Another switch is then closed providing a low impedance conduction path parallel to the arcjet source current.
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