Utilization of Capacitor Bank for Electromagnetic Pulse Crimping


Naushad Ali
Surender Kumar Sharma
Abhishek Lanje
Archana Sharma


Capacitors play an important role in an electrical system. They have numerous applications in the field of lasers, fast X-ray, neutron sources, electromagnetic pulse generators, electron beam accelerators, plasma generation and electromagnetic welding of materials. One of the applications of high voltage capacitors as energy storage and discharge devices is in the crimping of cables using the electromagnetic pulse forming technique. This research paper investigates the use of a high-voltage energy storage capacitor with a capacitance of 208 microfarads and rated voltage of 44 kV to perform Electromagnetic Pulse Crimping (EMPC) of lugs for 70 mm2 and 120 mm2 cables. The capacitor operates at 12 kV and is discharged to produce a high current that generates a strong magnetic field of up to 20 Tesla, which is utilized for joining the cable conductor and the lug. The study examines the performance of the capacitor under different operating values such as voltage, capacitance, and discharge time and investigates the effect of these parameters on the termination quality. The paper presents the experimental results of the crimping, which include the contact resistance, weld strength, microstructure, and defects of the welded joints. The results indicate that the capacitor-based electromagnetic pulse crimping produces welds with high strength and minimal defects. Additionally, the paper discusses the future scope of research in this area and the potential applications of such capacitors in other welding techniques. The findings of this research paper provide valuable insights for engineers and researchers working in the field of energy storage, high-voltage applications and welding.


How to Cite
Ali, N. ., Sharma, S. K. ., Lanje, A. ., & Sharma, A. . (2024). Utilization of Capacitor Bank for Electromagnetic Pulse Crimping. Power Research - A Journal of CPRI, 19(2), 103–107. https://doi.org/10.33686/pwj.v19i2.1131


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