Campus Units

Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Volume

130

First Page

1639

Last Page

1644

DOI

10.1002/app.39304

Abstract

This work investigates the electrothermal lifetime of a commonly used polyimide wire insulation material, Kapton®, through the use of thermogravimetry (TG) and breakdown voltage testing. From TG, an isoconversional model-free kinetic evaluation was used to obtain a relationship between the activation energies of degradation for Kapton as a function of weight loss. By relating the electrical life theory and the TG theory through the model defined by Toop (IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul. 1971, 6, 2), the electrothermal lifetime of Kapton has been calculated for conditions of 12 and 14.7 kV over a temperature range of 250–400°C. The resulting model can be used to make lifetime predictions for wire insulation degradation in aging aircraft for improved safety and risk assessment.

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hondred, P. R., Bowler, N. and Kessler, M. R. (2013), Electrothermal lifetime prediction of polyimide wire insulation with application to aircraft. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130: 1639–1644, which has been published in final form at doi:10.1002/app.39304. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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