Experimental and theoretical investigations on the warm-up of a high-pressure mercury discharge lamp

Zalach, J.; Araoud, Z.; Charrada, K.; Franke, St.; Schoepp, H.; Zissis, G.
March 2011
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2011, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p033511
Academic Journal
Modern high-pressure discharge lamps are forced to provide instant light and hot relight capabilities-if possible at lower power units. A detailed understanding of the warm-up of high-pressure discharge lamps is therefore required. Complex fluid model codes were developed for the past years including more and more processes like two-dimensional treatment of convection trying to provide a more comprehensive and consistent description of high-pressure discharge lamps. However, there is a lack of experimental data to examine the performance of these models. This work provides a very complete set of geometrical, electrical, spectroscopic, and thermographic data according to the warm-up of a high-pressure mercury discharge lamp that is compared to the results of a state of the art fluid code. Quantitative agreement is achieved for single parameters like wall temperatures. But the paper also reveals the need for further investigations and improvements of the code.


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