Constant current mercury arc rectifier

Author(s): Charles Proteus Steinmetz ; I. General
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 July 1905
Volume: 24
Page(s): 743 - 765
ISSN (Paper): 0097-2444
DOI: 10.1109/PAIEE.1905.6742162



The operation of the mercury arc rectifier is based on the phenomenon of the electric arc, to be a good conductor in the direction of the arc blast, but a non-conductor in the opposite direction, and so to pass only unidirectional currents.