By Kenneth L. Kaiser

In chapters culled from the preferred and seriously acclaimed Electromagnetic Compatibility instruction manual, Electrostatic Discharge offers a tightly centred, handy, and cheap reference for these basically during this subset of themes. writer Kenneth L. Kaiser demystifies electrostatic discharge and explains the resource and boundaries of the approximations, instructions, versions, and rules-of-thumb utilized in this box. the fabric is gifted in a distinct question-and-answer layout that will get instantly to the center of every subject. The e-book comprises a number of examples and makes use of Mathcad to generate the entire figures and plenty of suggestions to equations. in lots of situations, the complete Mathcad software is supplied.

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This potential difference and the resultant in-rush current is a function of the rate of this discharge. To limit this in-rush current, a resistor or an inductor in series with the capacitor is necessary. An inductor resists changes in current but could allow the circuit to oscillate. A resistor limits the current but also limits the current during normal operating conditions. If the expected in-rush current is much greater than the normal operating current of the load, a nonlinear current-dependent resistor can be used.

24 Rx R Cx L + − RC protection network placed across the RL load instead of across the switch. fm Page 35 Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:42 AM 1-35 Air Breakdown as when the network is placed across the switch. The voltage across the capacitor can be much greater than the supply voltage. An advantage of placing the RC network across the load is that the area circumscribed by the closed path of the current after opening the switch is less than when placing the network across the switch. This smaller loop area will reduce electromagnetic emissions.

The conductive environment between the electrodes can be seawater, soil, or even lemon juice! Imagine that two electrodes of different materials are immersed in an electrolytic liquid. 31. There will be a potential difference between the two electrodes, labeled cathode and anode in the figure, referred to as battery action. The ammeter will measure a charge flow between the two electrodes. 55 V will exist between the electrodes when the battery is new. The greater the voltage across the electrodes, the greater the electrical driving force.

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