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X7R dielectric is not recommended for AC line filtering or pulseapplications

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  1. mook johnson

    mook johnson Guest

    I have seen this note in several datasheets from Kemet AVX and others
    with no explanation.

    Does anyone know the reason for this?

    piezo effects causing mechanical cracking? failure mode is a short
    circuits? not self healing? .

  2. Glenn

    Glenn Guest

    Your answer - the X7Rs in question are not X or Y rated:

    Fourth Edition
    Quote: "...
    Symmetric interference can be envisioned as a source connected between
    the main and neutral wires. A line-to-line capacitor (designated as type
    X) properly applied is effective for this type. Asymmetric interference
    is represented by a source between either main or neutral and chassis
    ground. A line-to-ground capacitor (type Y) provides filtering in this case.
    A European study by Unipede (a consortium of power producers) revealed
    the types of transients found on the line:
    80% of all transients have a duration between 1 and 10μS and amplitudes
    up to 1.2kV. These occur more than 10 times per day. Assuming a lifetime
    of 10 years the RFI capacitors must withstand over 30,000 such surges,
    as well as lesser numbers with amplitudes up to 6000 volts. The Unipede
    data agrees with IEEE Std. 587 which recommends equipment be tested with
    a 6kV damped sinusoid. IEEE 587 is discussed on page 7.
    Class X2
    There are three types of RFI capacitors commonly in use on the AC line.
    These are impregnated metallized paper, metallized film and ceramic. The
    first two are categorized as “self healing†or “clearing†while ceramic
    is not. The property of self healing, properly designed into a
    capacitor, can extend its life while maintaining a small size and safe

    See page 2 note 4 and 6.
    Quote: "...
    Capacitors with X7R Dielectrics are not intended for AC line filtering

    Contact plant for recommendations. Capacitors may require protective
    surface coating to prevent external arcing.
    Quote: "...
    Note: Capacitors with X7R dielectrics are not intended for applications
    across AC supply mains or AC line filtering with polarity reversal.
    Contact plant for recommendations.
    Quote: "...
    Extremely low ESR and ESL
    X7R dielectric is not recommended for AC line filtering or pulse
    Quote: "...
    X7R dielectrics are not designed for AC line filtering applications. An
    insulating coating may be required to prevent surface arcing.

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  3. I think it's the shorted failure mode. If the Y caps fail then ground
    leakage goes thru the roof. If the X cap fails then the AC line is
    dumped into the X cap and poof.

    A failure mode that does not pose a fire hazard or User hazard (ground
    leakage) is perfered for obvious reasons.

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