Dielectric breakdown dependence on amount of current

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by sewardf, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. sewardf

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    In my industry we megger circuits to determine the integrity of the insulation. It is common to megger at 1000 VDC to ground. Current output of the megger is limited to less than 2 mA. The higher we raise the megger voltage the more leakage to ground occurs and new paths to ground are opened up. At the low currents used ,< 2 mA, does the opening of new paths at higher DC voltages result in insulation breakdown which then will result in more leakage at the lower normal circuit operating voltages? To rephrase the question are the low leakage currents present during testing sufficient to cause any permanent reduction in the capability of the insulation at the lower operating voltages?
  2. cumesoftware

    Senior Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    I think not, unless we are talking about electrolytic caps. As long as the current is limited so the breakdown won't cause excessive heat, it is safe.