The patent application applies to numerous implementations of the basic concept:
- linear motion actuation or rotary actuation;
- multiple stages can be used to divide the voltage so as to allow high voltage ballistic breakers with many stages;
- gradation of the resistivity of trailing edges of the electrodes to further inhibit arcing upon electrode separation;
- motion can be actuated by springs, gas pressure, stepper motors, or stretched wire or fibers (for example);
- Use of correlated magnetic domains to accurately define the on state of the circuit breaker (subsidiary to US patent 8,098,122 to Correlated Magnetics);
- Use of piezoelectric actuators as super-fast releases.
For a quick introduction to Ballistic Breakers, check these links:
I recently filed a continuation-in-part US utility patent application that is based on both my February 6, 2012 US patent application and my PCT patent application, but adding in a bit more IP and two more claims.