Streamer branching in air: physical model and simulations in fully 3d spatial domain
Paper in proceeding, 2015

Fully coupled self-consistent model of streamer branching is presented. The model incorporates inhomogeneities in gas media representing, e.g., large molecular clusters, micro dust particles, etc., which act as centers for localized space charge build-up. The results of the performed simulations show that charge accumulation at such centers leads to their electrostatic interactions with the streamer head and causes its splitting. Quantitative analysis of the dynamics of charge carriers densities, generated space charges and magnitudes of the electric fields associated with the branching process is presented.

streamer branching

high voltage

drift-diffusion equation

streamer propagation

gas insulation


Shailendra Singh

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Yuriy Serdyuk

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Raimund Summer

Schneider Electric Sachsenwerk GmbH

Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on the Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials, ICPADM 2015, Sydney, Australia, 19-22 July 2015

220-223 7295248
978-1-4799-8902-7 (ISBN)

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