Spark Gap Correction Factors 

Effects of atmospheric conditions

V = k* V0

where k is a function of the air density d

d = p/760 * (293 / (273+T)) where p in Torr and T in degrees C



The voltage increases with humidity varying some 2-3% over a normal atmospheric range of 8-15 g/m3.


If the gap is illuminated with UV or X-rays, it is more easily ionized. The effect is more pronounced with smaller gaps, a 20% reduction for short gaps of a few cm when irradiated. For this reason, UV irradiation is specified for accurate breakdown voltage tests, particularly with smaller gaps.

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