Reconfiguration of 3 MV Marx Generator into a Modern High Efficiency System

  • Joni Klüss
  • William Larzelere
Keywords: Impulse generator,


High voltage impulse generators are intended to last for long periods of time. Upon reaching the end of their technical lifetime, decisions concerning decommissioning, replacement, refurbishment or upgrading are needed. A new generator is a considerable investment. Significant reductions in material and labor costs can be made by repurposing still functional elements of the existing generator and redesigning the circuit for higher efficiency requiring fewer components. This paper describes the process of refurbishing the Mississippi State University (MSU) High Voltage Laboratory 3 MV, 56 kJ impulse generator originally built in 1962 into a modern digital impulse generator system. 


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