On the Spontaneous Build-Up of Voltage between Dissimilar Metals Under High Relative Humidity Conditions

J. Y. Lax*, C. Price, H. Saaroni

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Abstract

Certain metals can surprisingly build-up charge spontaneously, when exposed to high relative humidity (RH), although they need to be isolated from the ground. We have explored this phenomenon, building on former experimental knowledge and carrying out additional experiments, to identify the parameters that could enhance this charging. We used many types of metals with different characteristics under different RH and temperature conditions. While some metals were unaffected by high RH, others, like zinc and stainless steel, did acquire charge, when RH was >60%, and charged a capacitor to a voltage of 1 V. For the first time, we also performed outdoors experiments, showing this phenomenon is also valid under similar natural ambient humid conditions. If these results can be scaled up, it may lead to the development of practical applications for regions and times of high RH conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7642
JournalScientific Reports
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020

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