capacitor curve trace

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by yxRG2circ, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. yxRG2circ

    Thread Starter New Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    I curve trace a 1 uf 500 V rating capacitor, a 350 V sweep voltage was applied to the 2 leads of the capacitor. An ellipse was displayed with 4 V at X axis and 125 uA at Y axis. My question is why the intercept of the ellipse is 4 V at X axis instead of 350 V. When I use heat gun heating the capacitor, the intercept of the ellipse did not change on Y axis, but gradually increased to 8 V on X axis. After I stop heating, it slowly went back to 4 V. Does this mean the dielectrics degradation and causing leakage during high temperature?
  2. wayneh


    Sep 9, 2010
    Anyone that might help you will need more detail about your probe, circuit setup, and test protocol. A lot of what you observe may be an artifact of these factors.