# Dielectric Strength

by theman408
Tags: dielectric, strength
 P: 94 I know it has to do something with the Breakdown voltage but i've looked everywhere on my book and i have no idea how to calculate it.
 P: 94 i would reallly like to know, without this i can't do my problem. this is all i need.
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 Quote by theman408 i would reallly like to know, without this i can't do my problem. this is all i need.
What is the problem exactly?

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## Dielectric Strength

It's two parallell plates which 12 volts are applied, i already calculated the capacitance with the Area and distance between the plates. Now i must calculate it's dielectric strength.
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 Quote by theman408 already calculated the capacitance with the Area and distance between the plates. Now i must calculate it's dielectric strength.
The capacitance depends on the area, dielectric strength and distance. How did you find C with only two?
 P: 94 Sorry, forgot to specify. i used the formula of C= eoerS/D where Eo is the permitivity constant, Er is the relative permitivity which was given in the exercise, S is the area of the surface and D is the distance between the plates. The Problem is which is the min. dielectric strength that it has.
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 Quote by theman408 Sorry, forgot to specify. i used the formula of C= eoerS/D where Eo is the permitivity constant, Er is the relative permitivity which was given in the exercise, S is the area of the surface and D is the distance between the plates. The Problem is which is the min. dielectric strength that it has.
but the dielectric strength depends on the fluid between the plates. The dielectric strength which is given by e0er
 P: 94 What would the min. value? would i have to calculate a new er?
 P: 94 and it doesn't specify the fluid, which is kinda of the point, for us to calculate it without looking at the table.
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 Quote by theman408 and it doesn't specify the fluid, which is kinda of the point, for us to calculate it without looking at the table.
What you are doing sort of looks counter-intuitive to me.

$$C=\frac{\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r A}{d}$$

you used that to get C, yes I get that. You know, A,d,ε0 and εr. You find C.

What you are asking is to get ε (or ε0εr) for the same C, A and d. You will just get back what you used above. Am I missing something ? Does A,d or A change?
 P: 94 Exactly thats the formula but what im asked to calculate is the min. dielectric strength V/M. They give us Er which i looked up on a table and it's the Dielectric constant of Barium titanate.
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 Quote by theman408 Exactly thats the formula but what im asked to calculate is the min. dielectric strength V/M.
V/M ? as in volt per metre as units? If that is the case then those units mean you need to find the electric field strength. Which is simply E=V/d
 P: 94 Yep, it's positive right?
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 Quote by theman408 Yep, it's positive right?
I would think so.
 P: 94 The table in the back of my book that gives the different dielectric strengths it's unit is expressed x10^6 V/M and with that formula it only gives me kv/m.
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 Quote by theman408 The table in the back of my book that gives the different dielectric strengths it's unit is expressed x10^6 V/M and with that formula it only gives me kv/m.
What is the distance between the plates?
 P: 94 2x10^-3 m
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Well the dielectric strength gives the maximum electric field that can be applied before breakdown occurs. I doubt 12V is the maximum voltage, but that would be how to find it.

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