The experimental validation of a new theoretical model of Paschen’s law was developed. In order to do so, a supersonic wind tunnel apparatus was designed and fabricated to voltage discharge between two electrodes at different pressures and distances. This was possible using interchangeable nozzle and test sections. The wind tunnel included the implementation of an automated recording of current and voltage data via a LabVIEW™ program collected relevant data, which once analyzed, was used to support the revised Paschen Law developed by Dr.Houge et.al. Results showed that the modified Paschen’s law is consistent with experimental results.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Morales, Manuela, "An Experimental Validation of a Revised Paschen's Law Relating to the ESD of Aerospace Vehicle Surfaces" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 737.