IEEE Task Force Report: Brittle Fracture in Nonceramic Insulators
ABSTRACT A description of the composite insulator brittle fracture phenomenon suitable to allow correct diagnosis of a failure is provided. The paper reports on the number of brittle fractures that have occurred around the world and contains specific empirical data surrounding composite insulator brittle fractures in the United States. It also includes several case studies of in service failures to inform the reader of the diversity of initiating causes. The current state of knowledge on the brittle fracture mechanism is presented. Based on what was learned during the study, possible actions that can be taken by manufacturers and users to reduce frequency of occurrence are suggested.
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ABSTRACT: Epoxy nanocomposites prepared by casting epoxy reinforced with silica flour and stiff spherical alumina nanoparticles were investigated for its electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties as well as morphological behavior and the role of interfacial interaction between nanoparticles and the matrix on these properties. It was observed that the dielectric breakdown of the cast epoxy system is affected by interfacial interaction between nanoparticles and epoxy chains at room temperature. However, dielectric strength significantly changes at different temperatures. Also, it was realized that the interaction between nanoalumina and epoxy chains dominate the mechanical properties of the system such as tensile and flexural strength. However, thermal properties of the nanocomposite were mainly affected by the matrix and the degree of crosslink density between chains.IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 09/2012; 11(5):957-963. · 1.80 Impact Factor