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CHAM USER MEETING 2006 PHOENICS Based Arc Models as a Test Tool for New Design Ideas in Switching Device Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics,

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1 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 PHOENICS Based Arc Models as a Test Tool for New Design Ideas in Switching Device Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3GJ, UK * ABB Ltd, High Voltage Products, Fabrikstr. 13a, 5400 Baden, Switzerland J D Yan, T M Wong, *X. Ye, *M. Claessens and M T C Fang

2 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 BACKGROUND OF WORK Liverpool group has long been engaged in atmospheric plasma research in industrial devices such as high voltage switchgear, welding and cutting, material processing and nano-materials production. PHOENICS has been used in Liverpool for 14 years. Currently we are using version 3.4 and Auto-expansion C.B. Rotary arc C.B. Microwave Plasma Welding arc

3 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 AN EXAMPLE OF CIRCUIT BREAKER At high current, vapour from nozzle surface pumped into storage volume to form a high pressure reservoir (fig. on right). At current zero, fast gas flow into nozzle quenches the arc, thus interrupt the current. Ablating surface Vapour flows towards storage Current

4 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 UNDERSTANDING THE KEY MECHANISMS Capability of PHOENICS to handle the implementation. Surface ablation represented by mass, momentum and energy surface sources. Arc current interact with its magnetic field (Magnetic pinch effect) is represented by momentum source. Ohmic heating and radiation are treated as volumetric energy sources. Numeric implementation of moving contact (fig. below) and operation of valves. A A A

5 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 DIFFICULTIES WITH ARC MODELLING Temperature in the range from 300K to 35000K and with steep gradient (upper fig.). Material properties are highly nonlinear. Pressure ranges from 0.2bar to 100bar. Density changed by order of magnitude. Radiation is operating. Very strong emission and absorption in thin layer. Flow field is very complex (lower fig.). Shock waves exist in part of the domain. Implications on convergence and relaxation. 2D Axisymmetric Arc Model

6 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 SPECIAL SCHEMES To improve and maintain convergence, we used a multi- zone false time step for relaxation of momentum and energy equations. The division of the zones is mainly based on density and energy source term For heat source: Zone one: 300 ~10000K Zone two: >10000K or volume energy source higher than 10 8 J/(s.m 3 ). Arc – electrode interaction. Difficulty was that arc did not following the movement of the electrode. Special coding was introduced in ground to tackle this problem.

7 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED An arc model that applies to a range of industrial plasma devices which produce realistic, reasonable results within acceptable time. Can simulate the operation of the arcing process and the movement of the mechanical parts. Implementation of all important physical mechanisms. Use of Liverpools arc model for optimization of design and test of new ideas.

8 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 VERIFICATION OF RESULTS Comparison with test results for an auto-expansion circuit breaker. Test result Simulation Pressure (Pa) Current (A)

9 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 INFLUENCE OF DESIGN PARAMETERS Circuit breaker design is expensive. To produce results matching measurement is only the first step. Complicated phenomenon, such as fast pressure transient, was observed and identified as an important aspect of circuit breaker design. Reasons for pressure transient are to be identified. Aim is to answer the whys and hows in circuit breaker design. For example if we change a design parameter how the arc behaves differently? Beneficial or adverse effects on circuit breaker performance.

10 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 INFLUENCE OF DESIGN PARAMETERS For Case FG holes For Case FG holes high f For Case FG holes low f Results are compared for pressure at point D which is an important location.

11 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 INFLUENCE OF DESIGN PARAMETERS Influence of length of heating channel Pressure (Pa) Current (A) Time (s) Reference case Arc column shrinks rapidly near current zero, thus creating low pressure region. This process races with gas from high pressure reservoir.

12 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 INFLUENCE OF DESIGN PARAMETERS Influence of internal structure For Case FG holes For Case FG holes high f For Case FG holes low f Pressure (Pa) Current (A) Time (s) Reference case

13 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 TO TEST NEW DESIGN IDEAS GOOD OR BAD IDEAS? Pressure recording Inlet A Link channel

14 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 TO TEST NEW DESIGN IDEAS GOOD IDEAS?

15 CHAM USER MEETING 2006 WHAT CAN BE DONE FURTHER On fundamental level, we need a more accurate radiation model for gas mixture of SF6 and PTFE. Convergence problem is not fully solved, especially with skewed grids (BFC). On PHOENICS side, parallel computation for speedy simulation, unstructured grids for 3D simulation. Associated issues such as calculation of electric field and radiation transfer etc in unstructured grid system. Post-processing.


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