By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Laboratory demonstration on solid dielectric breakdown test

2nd March 2018 – In conjunction with the Short Course on High Voltage Engineering held at the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the Chair of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter, Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, conducted a laboratory demonstration session on solid dielectric breakdown test with the participants of the short course on 1st March 2018.

As part of the DEIS Malaysia Chapter’s effort to promote research and development in solid dielectrics, the participants were shown on how to prepare thin film solid samples for breakdown testing. Apart from having the opportunity to prepare thin film samples, the participants also had the chance to conduct breakdown testing with each sample sandwiched between two spherical electrodes immersed in transformer oil. The findings of the experiment were then related to the concept and theory of solid breakdown which the participants learned during the short course. Meanwhile, the participants were made aware of the presence of the IEEE DEIS (and its Malaysia Chapter) and Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) that promote networking among their members on high voltage related matters.

On behalf of the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter, Ir. Dr. Lau wishes to thank the Director of IVAT for allowing the use of IVAT’s facilities to demonstrate the solid dielectric breakdown test to the participants.