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Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Lord Snooty, Feb 1, 2004.

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  1. Lord Snooty

    Lord Snooty Guest

    I'm looking for a dielectric material that can be used in a capacitor subject
    to AC, which should have the following characteristics:
    1. Should be able to be used in high power and high frequency situations
    2. Should have as high a permittivity as possible
    3. Exhibits the highest possible polarising velocity of its ions when subject
    to AC electric fields.

    #3 is the unusual one. It refers to the small displacements that occur in a
    dielectric when polarised. I want the charges on the polarised molecules to
    move as fast as possible for a given applied voltage. Maximum velocity will
    correspond, for sinusoidal AC, to the zero-volts crossing point, since maximum
    acceleration occurs at peak volts - and velocity and acceleration are phased
    90 degrees apart for a sinewave.

    I am wondering whether a liquid dielectric would be the best bet in respect of
    #3. How does one calculate the value of the polarising velocity in any case,
    for the kind of dielectrics commonly used in HV capacitors?
  2. Distilled water?

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  3. Just some thoughts: Maximizing permittivity and charge velocity might be
    working at odds when selecting an optimal material. For polar materials
    (where there is an inherent charge distribution across each molecule),
    the relative permittivity is proportional to the dipole moment of charge
    in each molecule. This is proportional to the charges and their physical
    separation in each molecule. The higher the permittivity, the more
    charge (and mass) at greater separation, which also results in greater
    physical moments of inertia and slower response to align with an
    electric field. Nonpolar materials polarize only due to charge
    displacement within a molecule rather than physical realignment of the
    molecule. These would be faster, but might not have as high a charge
    separation for a given field.
    Possibly. At least molecules in liquids aren't locked into a crystal
    structure and are free to
    align with a field.

    You might want to look at curves of permittivity vs frequency. The less
    the permittivity drops off at higher frequencies, the faster the charge
    dipoles can move.
  4. Roy McCammon

    Roy McCammon Guest

    I'm not sure "polarising velocity" is a well defined concept.
    Did you mean maybe smallest time constant (settles to equilibrium
    position in the least amount of time)?
  5. Lord Snooty

    Lord Snooty Guest

    Nope, I actually meant that, when subjected to an AC electric field within
    which the ionic dipoles will oscillate, the maximum velocity during one cycle
    of this oscillation will be at the "equilibrium (non-polarised) point. Same
    with any harmonic motion of course. I am therefore talking about the actually
    velocity of the charges in the dielectric.

  6. Lord Snooty

    Lord Snooty Guest

    Good points. If the ionic dipole moment were solely due to the charge
    separation (i.e. all materials had equal charges/masses), then one could make
    the simple connection
    big separation->big polarisation->big permittivity. One can also say that big
    separation->big velocity, since, for two materials identical except for their
    charge separation distance, in identical electric fields, it's the case that
    (because local charge screening effects are equal) the maximum charge velocity
    in a cycle will be highest for the longest path, because they have a larger
    distance over which to accelerate, and hence for the largest separation.
    However, variable charge is, as you rightly point out, the fly in the
    Thanks - I think intuitively that this is probably a very useful criterion. I
    sure am not going to get such detailed data from the capacitor manufacturers.

  7. Look at various perovskites. A common one is Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3. By
    adjusting x you can vary the ferroelectric transition point from about
    100 K to above room temperature. It has been used in microwaves to at
    least 30 GHz and probably can be higher. Dielectric constants can vary
    from 500 to over 5000 depending on composition and growth methods.
    Breakdown fields are typically >5 E+5 V/cm. This varies too according to
    Have no idea for this.
    If you're using liquid you wil still need to make it very thin or you're
    time constant will be determined by the reactance of the circuit and
    not by the material.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al Guest

    Your ignorance is profound. Your knowledge doesn't even sum to an
    undergrad in PChem lab. Your stooopidity isn't entertaining. The
    stupid should be silent - or declared open season. Think of it as
    evolution in action.
  9. Lord Snooty

    Lord Snooty Guest

    Why don't you go take a flying hoorah at a rolling doughnut, you grumpy old
    You contribute nothing except bile. Drink some. After all, it's yours.

    I suspect you're not getting enough.

  10. tweak

    tweak Guest

    And your ignorant? We all lack knowledge in some area crank.
    That's the whole point of this NG.
    If your going to flame at least make a point. Berating for the sake of
    it is the sign of a weak mind.
    And if you want natural selection dialed into the equation I doubt
    that many of you brainiac types would last long either.
  11. That is "you're", you ignorant dolt.

    Hey stupid, noting that we humans lack sharp teeth, claws, sheer strength,
    and speed, how is it do you think we survived to become the dominant species
    on the planet?
  12. Must have been our winning personalities!
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