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Master student from Hepp-Schwamborn gives a presentation on arc faults




September 2020: As part of her master's degree course in "Electrical Engineering and Information Technology" at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Michaela Moll worked on a project at Hepp Schwamborn dealing with so-called "arc faults".


This phenomenon involves undesired gas discharges between two electrodes which generate an arc of electrically conductive plasma in which temperatures of up to 20,000° and currents of up to 1,000 amperes can be measured.

In her work, Ms Moll deals with the physical background that leads to the development of these undesired discharges and also discusses pressure calculation methods that can be used to minimise the risk of their occurrence already during the construction of a plant.


She presented her project work with the title "Physics of an internal arc under special boundary conditions" to the supervising lecturer Prof. Arlt from the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, the supervisor Ralf Lehmann and Kuno Schwamborn from Hepp-Schwamborn.

The good cooperation between the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Hepp-Schwamborn and the lecturer in the context of this project work, which was rewarded with a very good mark, must be emphasised. Mrs. Moll will continue to develop the contents of this project in the future as part of her Master's thesis.