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Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by jason.h, Jun 29, 2014.

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  1. jason.h


    Dec 9, 2013
    in a circuit which has leakage, due to corrosion possibly, is the leak amplified when the current through the circuit increases?
  2. KrisBlueNZ

    KrisBlueNZ Sadly passed away in 2015

    Nov 28, 2011
    That's kind of like asking whether something gets hotter when its temperature increases. In other words, the unwanted current flow is the leakage; they're the same thing.

    If you increase the voltage across a leakage path, the current will increase; often the increase in current is greater (proportionally) than the increase in voltage.

    Since power is voltage multiplied by current, if the voltage is increased and there is a corresponding increase in current, the power increases by a greater proportion. Since power determines heating, this can cause the leakage path to break down more quickly and you could have a positive feedback loop causing rapid deterioration.
  3. jason.h


    Dec 9, 2013
    thanks,so the more wattage the circuit carries the faster the leakage occurs and the hotter it gets-makes sense
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