Accession Number : ADD006777

Title :   Explosively Actuated Opening Switch.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Ford,Richard D ; Vitkovitsky,Ihor M

Report Date : 13 Nov 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The patent concerns a modular opening switch for high currents providing high current-carrying capacity, high voltage hold-off capability and very short opening time. The switch operates on the principle of an explosively generated pressure which ruptures and then drives paraffin radially through a cylindrical current conducting tube, so that the paraffin provides a electrically insulative barrier between the ruptured portions of the conducting tube. Alternate cutting and bending rings, between which insulating rings are placed, are disposed around the periphery of the conductor tube. The insulating rings are tapered at the periphery of the conductor tube to provide void spaces into which the paraffin is driven and firmly packed without voids or cracks which deteriorate the insulating property of the paraffin.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Electric switches, *Explosive actuators, *Electric current, *Current limiters, Inventions, Electric current, Interruption, Fillers, Voids

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE