ELEN7007- Electrical Discharges in Gases

School running course: 
Electrical & Information Engineering
Year of Study: 
  • This unit is concerned with the physical processes that change a gas from being a good insulator to being a good conductor. All the stages in this process are considered from the initial ionisation, to corona and to breakdown. The lectures deal with the mechanisms of electron production and multiplication, the fundamental properties of the resultant discharge and the decay of the plasma following the removal of the electric field. Examples are given as seen mainly from the viewpoint of the electricity supply industry. The behavior of gas-solid interfaces are also examined in a similar fashion.
Programs offering course: 
MEng (Power)
MSc Eng (Power)