Degradation of printed circuit board coatings due to partial discharge

Christopher Emersic, Chao Zhang, Ian Cotton, Robert Lowndes, Simon Rowland, Robert Freer

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    The use of power electronics associated with the drive toward higher voltages in more compact and lighter allelectric aircraft introduces new risks and failure modes. Boards are often coated for added protection; however, the performanceand level of protection provided by various coatings in these environments, after some degree of degradation, is not well characterised. Partial discharge has been identified as a particularly significant and aggressive source of coatingdegradation which can lead to electrical failure.A series of experiments have attempted to characterise the magnitude and nature of damage from partial discharge on a silicone coating as a function of applied voltage above partial discharge inception. Simple coated boards designed aroundindustry test standards (IPC2221A and IEC60664) were left to age and degrade while subjected to partial discharge of a given magnitude and were periodically observed under a microscope. The nature of the damage and its evolution was observed in a range of cases and these observations are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElectrical Insulation Conference (EIC), 2015 IEEE
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
    EventElectrical Insulation Conference (EIC), 2015 IEEE - Seattle, Washington, United States
    Duration: 7 Jun 201510 Jun 2015


    ConferenceElectrical Insulation Conference (EIC), 2015 IEEE
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySeattle, Washington


    • Aerospace; Partial Discharge; PCB Coating; All- Electric Aircraft, Power Electronics


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