Efficient Circuit in Pulsed Electrical Discharge Processing Patent uri icon


  • Disclosed are example efficient circuits that produce spark discharges for hydrocarbon conversion (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 maintaining similar pulse characteristics and electrical efficiency.

author list (cited authors)

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

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • January 2021