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Resistive field-grading material is applied to nonceramic insulators. For the design of insulator structures, these resistive field-dependent and thus nonlinear material layers are considered as 2-D layers within 3-D transient finite element method (FEM) simulations of electro-quasistatic fields. The 2-D layer modeling approach is validated and compared to conventional 3-D layer modeling for various layer thicknesses. Numerical results for realistic structures are shown herein.