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Monday, October 2, 2023, 11am to 1pm

High Field Characterization

High Field Characterization

High Field Characterization of the electrical properties for insulating materials used in electrical apparatus includes distribution and transmission networks, rotating machinery component, electrostatic/electro-responsive devices, and capacitive energy storages.


General Contact



JoAnne Ronzello, Ph.D.

Research Assistant, Lab Manager

Faculty Scientific Advisers


Yang Cao, Ph.D.

Gant Room 105A


Campus Address

Institute of Materials Science
Storrs Campus

Mailing Address

97 North Eagleville Road
Storrs CT 06269-3136



Broadband Dielectric Spectroscope

Combining the time-domain technique with frequency-domain spectroscope comprises a Broadband Dielectric Spectroscope System for measuring various polarization/relaxation processes, conductivity and electrochemical impedance over a wide range of frequency and temperature. The Time Domain Technique provides one of the best ways of measuring the conductivity of polymeric samples, while frequency domain impedance analyzers extend the measurement frequency range to 1GHz.


Ferroelectric Tester

A modified Sawyer-Tower ferroelectric tester is available for the measurement of the P-E loop of a ferroelectric device, i.e., the charge or polarization developed against the electric field at a given frequency. The setup is designed for polarization study under high electric field (+/-10kV) at frequency up to 1kHz.


High Field Conduction-Pulsed Electroacoustic Space Charge Profiling

This Pulsed Electroacoustic Space Charge Profiling technique can measure high field charge injection and conduction for both flat coupon and cylindrical sample (power cables) with a spatial resolution of 5 micron. Higher resolution can be achieved with lithium niobate based sensory.


High Field Conduction-Guarded Needle

Carrier mobility-related prebreakdown phenomena can only be studied within microscopic dimensions, as the power dissipation would cause thermal runaway for a macroscopic geometry. The guarded needle apparatus is designed for such measurement, using a sharp metal needle to create local high electrical field, which induces carrier mobility.


High Voltage Test Transformers

General purpose high voltage transformers are available for AC (100kV, Pheonix), DC (100kV, Spellman) and impulse (10kV) tests, with various electrode configurations/accessories. In addition, a special purpose Baur dielectric fluid tester is available for automated dielectric fluid test up to 100kV. This setup has embedded partial discharge coupler for prebreakdown activity sensing.


Partial Discharge System

Partial discharge generally refers to the localized electrical discharge activities within a power apparatus that only partially bridges the insulation between conductors. High frequency partial discharge signals are coupled inductively or capacitively and fed into an analyzer for phase-resolved analysis to provide insight into the nature and the location of defects.


High Frequency/High Temperature Aging

High frequency, high temperature aging is an effective tool for new dielectric materials development as they provide accelerated life assessment of materials under development. In addition, on-line Lock-in amplifier based circuit has been development to monitor the dielectric dissipation factor growth over the course of aging at high electric field in controlled environmental chamber. The test can be conducted at AC with high frequency of 1 kHZ or under pulse width modulated conditions for variable speed drive application.


Tracking Resistance

An inclined plane tester is available for the measurement of the resistance of polymer materials to dry arc erosion and tracking caused by surface discharges.


HV Switchers for Pulse Discharge Energy Density Characterization

A discharge energy measurement circuit is available for capacitive energy storage device characterization with maximum rating of 10 kVDC and 10 kA peak repetitive current. This special purpose switcher is developed to measure the discharge energy density of capacitors as a function of discharge time constant, for various film, nonlinear/ferroelectrics capacitors. This fast rise time (nanosecond), HV switch has been adopted by US Army, Navy, and Air Force research laboratories for pulse power, directed energy research.


Automatic Film Breakdown Tester

A Labview controlled tester has been developed to utilize metalized films as electrodes and rewind/renew automatically the film sample along with electrodes after each breakdown. This tester makes it possible to perform hundreds of ramp-to-failure tests or time-to-failure tests for novel capacitor film development, and provide an effective means to evaluate the low probability film breakdown strength that is most relevant to capacitor design.