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Studies on the Tracking and Erosion Resistance of RTV Silicone Rubber Nanocomposite

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2 Author(s)
Venkatesulu, B. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Indian Inst. of Sci., Bangalore ; Thomas, M.J.

One of the problems associated with outdoor polymeric insulators is tracking and erosion of the weathershed which can directly influence the reliability of the power system. Flame retardants are added to the base material to enhance its tracking and erosion resistance. Hydroxide fillers are regarded as the best flame retardants. This paper deals with studies related to nano - sized magnesium dihydroxide (MDH) and micron-sized Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) fillers as flame retardants in RTV silicone rubber. Tracking and erosion resistance studies were carried out on MDH and ATH silicone rubber composites using an inclined plane tracking and erosion (IPT) resistance tester. The MDH filled (5% by wt) composites performed much better than ATH composites in terms of eroded mass, depth of erosion, width and length of erosion. The eroded mass of MDH composite is 49.8 % that of ATH composite which can be attributed to high surface area and higher thermal stability of MDH nanofillers.

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Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 2008. CEIDP 2008. Annual Report Conference on

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26-29 Oct. 2008