Determining the Degree of Separation for Multiple Fractal Discharge Breakdowns in Dielectric Media Under Various Charge Distributions

  • Uzair Faruqui McMaster University

Abstract

This paper assesses the charge separation and intermingling from a double-discharge dielectric breakdown. Simulations of breakdowns are performed using the discrete Poisson's equation  under various specified charge distributions. The degree of separation between the two breakdown paths is assessed and  a measure of energy potentially storable in the system was calculated in relation to a baseline energy of simple dielectric storage. Some of the simulations showed energies that were more than 5 times the baseline energy. The effects of different charge distributions are noted, and compared to each other and the different properties of multiple discharge are discussed.

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Published
2018-01-16