Breakdown threshold of dielectric barrier discharges in ferroelectrets: Where Paschen's law fails

Axel Mellinger, Olena Mellinger

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations

Abstract

The piezoelectric activity of charged cellular foams (so-called ferroelectrets) is compared against simulations based on a multi-layer electromechanical model and Townsend's model of Paschen breakdown, with the distribution of void heights determined from scanning electron micrographs. While the calculated space charge hysteresis curves are in good agreement with experimental data, the onset of piezoelectric activity is observed at significantly higher electric fields than predicted by Paschen's law. One likely explanation is that the commonly accepted Paschen curve for electric breakdown in air poorly describes the critical electric field for dielectric barrier discharges in micrometer-size cavities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5704491
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Ferroelectrets
  • Paschen's law
  • dielectric barrier discharges
  • piezoelectricity

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Breakdown threshold of dielectric barrier discharges in ferroelectrets: Where Paschen's law fails'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this