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Anomalous dielectric response of very small quantities of virgin, aged and failed silicone oil

Haidar, A., Fothergill, J., Dissado, L. A. & Hopewell, P. (2003). Anomalous dielectric response of very small quantities of virgin, aged and failed silicone oil. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 10(2), pp. 336-342. doi: 10.1109/TDEI.2003.1194120


A technique is described for making dielectric spectroscopy measurements of very small quantities (<1μl) of oil. The technique utilises surface tension to hold the oil between the plates of a capacitor, the inter-electrode distance being controlled by a micrometer. Breakdown strength can also be estimated using this technique. Three samples of silicone oil, used in cable sealing ends, were tested: virgin, used and failed. A major component in the frequency dependent impedance had the form Z(ω)=B(1-b)(iω)/sup.1-p/). This component was interpreted in terms of a fractal percolation model, and the anomalous thickness dependence predicted by the model verified by varying the inter-electrode distance. The difference observed for the three different samples indicate that conducting contaminants are responsible for the percolation system.

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Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: Presidents's Portfolio
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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