Dielectric breakdown in metal-loaded polyethylene

R. W. Coppard, L. A. Dissado, S. M. Rowland, R. Rakowski

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    The failure statistics of polyethylene plaques loaded with a know volume fraction of metallic particles of fixed size distribution have been determined. The results are compared with the predictions of the percolation breakdown model. It is shown that the large decrease observed in characteristic strengths at low defect loadings obeys the theoretical expression derived for the model. However, the type of breakdown statistic could not be determined unambiguously.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number011
    Pages (from-to)3041-3045
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - 1989


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