Pulsed Power Technology

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Yasuoka Koichi 
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Fall Semester

Outline of lecture

This lecture provides the generation, diagnostics, and applications of high power electrical pulses. A wide range of pulsed power technology will be discussed, including fundamental as well as advanced concept. Topics covered are high-voltage generators, energy storage devices and circuits, high power switches, pulse forming networks, pulse forming lines, magnetic pulse compression circuits, and the electrical and optical diagnostics of pulsed power systems. Applications of pulsed power technology for lasers, non-thermal plasmas, and environmental and medical applications will be discussed.
Students are required to design, assemble and measure a pulsed power system and to complete a report for a given project.

Purpose of lecture

Upon completion of this lecture students should be able to design pulsed power circuits including switches, pulse forming networks/lines with discharge loads, using LTSpice circuit simulator and Scilab/Matlab software to solve various pulsed power circuits. They should also be able to measure pulsed large currents and high-voltages with appropriate methods of grounding and shielding, and understand the applications of pulsed power technology.

Plan of lecture

01. Basic concept of pulsed power systems and project guidance
02. Pulse forming networks, pulse forming lines, and high power switches
03. High voltage generators, voltage/current measurements of a Marx generator
04. Electrical breakdown of atmospheric air and V-t characteristic
05. Modeling using Scilab/Matlab for atmospheric-air breakdown
06. Literature review and project proposal
07. Project: Circuit design and preparation
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11. Presentation

Textbook and reference

Pulsed Power Systems, Bluhm, Hansjoachim, Springer-Verlag GmbH
Transient electronics -Pulsed Circuit Technology, Paul W. Smith, Wiley
Pulsed Power,G. A. Mesyats, Plenum Publishers

Related and/or prerequisite courses

Students should have an experience of high-voltage experiments and knowledge of basic electromagnetic theory and transient circuit analysis.


There will be roughly 5 short homework assignments and one project. The homework and project will involve simulating it using computer aided tools and designing a pulsed power system proposed by each student. Students should present their project using presentation software.

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