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The Propagation of Electric Discharges Across the Surface of an Electrolyte

F. D. A. Boylett and I. G. Maclean
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Vol. 324, No. 1559 (Sep. 21, 1971), pp. 469-489
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/78001
Page Count: 25
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The Propagation of Electric Discharges Across the Surface of an Electrolyte
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Abstract

Optical and electrical techniques have been used to investigate the way in which an electric discharge propagates across the surface of a liquid electrolyte. Field measurements have been carried out both in the column of the discharge, and beneath the liquid surface, by means of small metal probes. Schlieren photography has revealed a complex discharge structure and the presence of a strong liquid wave disturbance accompanying propagation. A significant difference in behaviour between positive and negative point discharges has been found. High speed cine-photography has shown that the speed of propagation of the discharge increases with voltage and with distance travelled and that this speed is influenced by resistive gradients in the electrolyte.

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