Efficient Circuit in Pulsed Electrical Discharge Processing Patent uri icon


  • Disclosed are example efficient circuits that produce spark discharges for hydrocarbon conversion 5 (or treatment of other mixtures) using a high-voltage rectified DC supply to discharge a capacitor (either internal or external) across a two-electrode gap, optimized to minimize waste energy by operating in a constant current, approximately-constant current, or constant power mode. The circuits may operate off of a standard electrical supply line (e.g. 120VAC or 240V AC, 60Hz, single-phase or multi-phase). The disclosed approach is scalable to any number of discharge gaps while 10 maintaining similar pulse characteristics and electrical efficiency.

author list (cited authors)

  • Staack, D., Gawloski, N., Campbell, C., & Burnette, M.

complete list of authors

  • Staack, David||Gawloski, N||Campbell, C||Burnette, M

publication date

  • October 2019