# EN 61251:2016

(Main)## Electrical insulating materials and systems - A.C. voltage endurance evaluation

## Electrical insulating materials and systems - A.C. voltage endurance evaluation

IEC 61251:2015 describes many of the factors involved in voltage endurance tests on electrical insulating materials and systems. It describes the voltage endurance graph, lists test methods illustrating their limitations and gives guidance for evaluating the sinusoidal a.c. voltage endurance of insulating materials and systems from the results of the tests. This International Standard is applicable over the voltage frequency range 20 Hz to 1 000 Hz. The general principles can also be applicable to other voltage shapes, including impulse voltages. The terminology to be used in voltage endurance is defined and explained. This first edition of IEC 61251 cancels and replaces the second edition of IEC TS 61251, published in 2008. This edition constitutes a technical revision and includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the second edition of IEC TS 61251: a) upgrade from Technical Specification to an International Standard; b) clarification of issues raised since publication of IEC TS 61251.

## Elektrische Isolierstoffe und -systeme - Ermittlung der Wechselspannungsbeständigkeit

## Systèmes et matériaux isolants électriques - Évaluation de l'endurance a la tension alternative

L'IEC 61251:2015 décrit plusieurs des facteurs intervenant dans les essais d'endurance à la tension de systèmes et de matériaux isolants électriques. Elle décrit le graphe d'endurance à la tension, donne une liste des méthodes d'essai en indiquant leurs limites et donne des lignes directrices pour évaluer l'endurance à la tension alternative de systèmes et de matériaux isolants à partir des résultats des essais. La présente Norme internationale est applicable sur la plage de fréquences de la tension allant de 20 Hz à 1 000 Hz. Les principes généraux peuvent également être applicables à d'autres formes de tension, y compris les tensions de chocs. La terminologie à utiliser dans le cadre de l'endurance à la tension est définie et expliquée. Cette première édition de l'IEC 61251 annule et remplace la deuxième édition de l'IEC TS 61251 parue en 2008. Cette édition constitue une révision technique. Cette édition inclut les modifications techniques majeures suivantes par rapport à la deuxième édition de l'IEC TS 61251: a) transformation d'une Spécification technique en Norme internationale; b) clarification des questions soulevées depuis la publication de l'IEC TS 61251.

## Elektroizolacijski materiali - Ocenjevanje vzdržljivosti pri izmenični napetosti (IEC 61251:2015)

V tem mednarodnem standardu so opisani številni dejavniki, ki so vključeni v preskuse napetostne vzdržljivosti na elektroizolacijskih materialih in sistemih. Opisuje graf napetostne vzdržljivosti, navaja preskusne metode in prikazuje njihove omejitve ter na podlagi rezultatov preskusov podaja navodila za ocenjevanje sinusne vzdržljivosti pri izmenični napetosti za izolacijske materiale in sisteme. Ta mednarodni standard se uporablja za frekvenčno območje napetosti 20–1000 Hz. Splošna načela se lahko uporabljajo tudi za druge oblike napetosti, vključno z impulznimi napetostmi. Opredeljeni in razloženi so izrazi, ki se uporabljajo za napetostno vzdržljivost.

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD

SIST EN 61251:2016

01-maj-2016

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Electrical insulating materials - A.C. voltage endurance evaluation (IEC 61251:2015)

Matériaux isolants électriques - Evaluation de l'endurance à la tension alternative

Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN 61251:2016ICS:

17.220.99 Drugi standardi v zvezi z Other standards related to

elektriko in magnetizmom electricity and magnetism

29.035.01 Izolacijski materiali na Insulating materials in

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SIST EN 61251:2016 en

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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EUROPEAN STANDARD EN 61251

NORME EUROPÉENNE

EUROPÄISCHE NORM

February 2016

ICS 17.220.99; 29.035.01

English Version

Electrical insulating materials and systems - A.C. voltage

endurance evaluation

(IEC 61251:2015)

Systèmes et matériaux isolants électriques - Évaluation de Elektrische Isolierstoffe und -systeme - Ermittlung der

l'endurance a la tension alternative Wechselspannungsbeständigkei(IEC 61251:2015) (IEC 61251:2015)

This European Standard was approved by CENELEC on 2015-12-23. CENELEC members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC

Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration.

Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such national standards may be obtained on application to the CEN-CENELEC

Management Centre or to any CENELEC member.This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other language made by translation

under the responsibility of a CENELEC member into its own language and notified to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre has the

same status as the official versions.CENELEC members are the national electrotechnical committees of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic,

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Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Turkey and the United Kingdom.European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

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CEN-CENELEC Management Centre: Avenue Marnix 17, B-1000 Brussels

© 2016 CENELEC All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved worldwide for CENELEC Members.

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European foreword

The text of document 112/338/FDIS, future edition 1 of IEC 61251, prepared by IEC/TC 112

"Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems" was submitted to the

IEC-CENELEC parallel vote and approved by CENELEC as EN 61251:2016.The following dates are fixed:

(dop) 2016-09-23

• latest date by which the document has to be

implemented at national level by

publication of an identical national

standard or by endorsement

• latest date by which the national (dow) 2018-12-23

standards conflicting with the

document have to be withdrawn

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CENELEC [and/or CEN] shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such

patent rights.Endorsement notice

The text of the International Standard IEC 61251:2015 was approved by CENELEC as a European

Standard without any modification.In the official version, for Bibliography, the following notes have to be added for the standards indicated:

IEC 60243-1 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60243-1.IEC 60243-2 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60243-2.

IEC 60243-3 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60243-3.

IEC 60343 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60343.

IEC 61649 NOTE Harmonized as EN 61649.

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Annex ZA

(normative)

Normative references to international publications

with their corresponding European publications

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and are

indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated

references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

NOTE 1 When an International Publication has been modified by common modifications, indicated by (mod), the relevant

EN/HD applies.NOTE 2 Up-to-date information on the latest versions of the European Standards listed in this annex is available here:

www.cenelec.eu.Publication Year Title EN/HD Year

IEC 62539 - Guide for the statistical analysis of - -

electrical insulation breakdown data

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IEC 61251

Edition 1.0 2015-11

INTERNATIONAL

STANDARD

NORME

INTERNATIONALE

Electrical insulating materials and systems – AC voltage endurance evaluation

Systèmes et matériaux isolants électriques – Évaluation de l'endurance à la

tension alternative

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CONTENTS

FOREWORD ........................................................................................................................... 3

INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................... 5

1 Scope .............................................................................................................................. 6

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................... 6

3 Terms, definitions and symbols........................................................................................ 6

3.1 Terms and definitions .............................................................................................. 6

3.2 Symbols .................................................................................................................. 7

4 Voltage endurance .......................................................................................................... 7

4.1 Voltage endurance testing ...................................................................................... 7

4.2 Electrical stress ...................................................................................................... 7

4.3 Voltage endurance (VE) graph ................................................................................ 8

4.4 Short-time electric strength ..................................................................................... 8

4.5 Voltage endurance coefficient (VEC) ....................................................................... 9

4.6 Differential VEC (n ) ............................................................................................... 9

4.7 Electrical threshold stress (E ) ................................................................................ 9

4.8 Voltage endurance relationship ............................................................................. 10

5 Test methods ................................................................................................................. 11

5.1 Introductory remarks ............................................................................................. 11

5.2 Tests at constant stress ........................................................................................ 11

5.2.1 Conventional VE test ..................................................................................... 11

5.2.2 Diagnostic measurements .............................................................................. 12

5.2.3 Detection of an electrical threshold ................................................................ 12

5.3 Tests at higher frequency...................................................................................... 12

5.4 Progressive stress tests ........................................................................................ 13

5.5 Preliminary tests to determine the initial part of the VE line ................................... 15

5.6 Recommended test procedure .............................................................................. 15

6 Evaluation of voltage endurance .................................................................................... 15

6.1 Significance of the VEC ........................................................................................ 15

6.2 Significance of the electrical threshold stress ........................................................ 16

6.3 Dispersion of data and precision requirements ...................................................... 16

6.4 Presentation of the results .................................................................................... 16

Annex A (informative) The Weibull distribution ..................................................................... 18

A.1 Weibull distribution times to dielectric breakdown ................................................. 18

A.2 Weibull distribution dielectric breakdown stresses ................................................. 18

A.3 Generalized Weibull distribution of the dielectric breakdown stresses ................... 18

A.4 Inverse power model for the time to dielectric breakdown ..................................... 19

Bibliography .......................................................................................................................... 20

Figure 1 – General voltage endurance line .............................................................................. 8

Figure 2 – Determination of the differential VEC n at a generic point P of the VE line ............ 9

Figure 3 – Plotting the VE line in a progressive stress test using different rates of

stress rise ............................................................................................................................. 14

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ELECTRICAL INSULATING MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS –

AC VOLTAGE ENDURANCE EVALUATION

FOREWORD

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patent rights. IEC shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

International Standard IEC 61251 has been prepared by IEC technical committee 112:

Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems.This first edition of IEC 61251 cancels and replaces the second edition of IEC TS 61251,

published in 2008. This edition constitutes a technical revision.This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the second

edition of IEC TS 61251:a) upgrade from Technical Specification to an International Standard;

b) clarification of issues raised since publication of IEC TS 61251.

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The text of this standard is based on the following documents:

FDIS Report on voting

112/338/FDIS 112/347/RVD

Full information on the voting for the approval of this standard can be found in the report on

voting indicated in the above table.This publication has been drafted in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.

The committee has decided that the contents of this publication will remain unchanged until

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related to the specific publication. At this date, the publication will be• reconfirmed,

• withdrawn,

• replaced by a revised edition, or

• amended.

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INTRODUCTION

This International Standard covers insulating materials and systems. Voltage endurance tests

are used to compare and evaluate insulating materials and systems. It is complex to

determine the capability of electrical insulating materials and systems to endure a.c. voltage

stress. The results of voltage endurance tests are influenced by many factors. Therefore this

International Standard can be considered as an attempt to present a unified view of voltage

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ELECTRICAL INSULATING MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS –

AC VOLTAGE ENDURANCE EVALUATION

1 Scope

This International Standard describes many of the factors involved in voltage endurance tests

on electrical insulating materials and systems. It describes the voltage endurance graph, lists

test methods illustrating their limitations and gives guidance for evaluating the sinusoidal a.c.

voltage endurance of insulating materials and systems from the results of the tests. This

International Standard is applicable over the voltage frequency range 20 Hz to 1 000 Hz. The

general principles can also be applicable to other voltage shapes, including impulse voltages.

The terminology to be used in voltage endurance is defined and explained.2 Normative references

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and

are indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including anyamendments) applies.

IEC 62539, Guide for the statistical analysis of electrical insulation dielectric breakdown data

3 Terms, definitions and symbols3.1 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

3.1.1

voltage endurance

measures of the capability of a solid insulating material to endure voltage

Note 1 to entry: In this International Standard, only a.c. voltage is considered.

Note 2 to entry: This note only applies to the French language.3.1.2

life

time to dielectric breakdown

3.1.3

voltage endurance coefficient

VEC

numerical value of the reciprocal of the slope of a straight line log-log VE plot

Note 1 to entry: This note only applies to the French language.3.1.4

specimen

representative test object for assessing the value of one or more physical properties

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3.1.5

sample

group of nominally identical specimens extracted randomly from the same manufacturing

batch3.2 Symbols

c, c′ constants in the inverse-power model

E electric stress

E short-time electric strength

E electric threshold stress

f frequency

h, k constants in the exponential model

L life

m scale parameter in the Weibull distribution (one variable)

M scale parameter in the generalized Weibull distribution (two variables)

n exponent of stress in the inverse-power model coinciding with the VEC

n differential VEC

R dimensional ratio

t time

t time to dielectric breakdown at constant stress

t time to dielectric breakdown at constant stress E

o o

t time to dielectric breakdown with progressive stress

tan δ dissipation factor

α scale parameter (63,2 percentile) in the Weibull distribution of times to dielectric

breakdown at constant stressβ shape parameter in the Weibull distribution of times to dielectric breakdown at

constant stressγ shape parameter of the Weibull distribution of the dielectric breakdown stresses from a

progressive stress test4 Voltage endurance

4.1 Voltage endurance testing

To evaluate the voltage endurance of insulating materials or systems, a number of specimens

are subjected to a.c. voltage and their times to dielectric breakdown are measured. In practice,

several samples of many specimens are tested at different voltages to reveal the effect of the

applied voltage on the time to dielectric breakdown. The arithmetic mean time to dielectric

breakdown of each sample is the average time to dielectric breakdown of all specimens tested

at that voltage. The time at which a certain percentage of specimens break down is the

estimated time to dielectric breakdown with a probability equal to this percentage.

The statistical treatment of the data (either by analytical or graphical methods) allows the

extraction of additional data such as other failure percentiles or confidence bounds and,

possibly, determination of the distribution (Gaussian, Weibull, lognormal, etc.).

4.2 Electrical stressIn general, reference to electrical stress (voltage per unit thickness) instead of voltage is

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If the electric field is not uniform, the maximum value shall be considered by the relevant

equipment committees.4.3 Voltage endurance (VE) graph

The VE graph represents the time to dielectric breakdown (life) versus the corresponding

value of electrical stress. In the VE graph, the electrical stress is plotted as the ordinate with

either a linear or logarithmic scale. The times to dielectric breakdown are plotted on the

abscissa with a logarithmic scale. The voltage endurance line on this graph gives the final

result of the VE tests as it allows clear and complete evaluation of voltage endurance of the

specimens under the specified test conditions. For maximum significance, materials or

systems shall be compared at equal thickness and using the same type of electrodes,

temperature, humidity and ambient gas, or as agreed by the relevant equipment committees.

An accurate plotting of the line requires more than three tests at different voltages and one or

more tests are required at voltages which result in times to failure longer than 1 000 h. In any

case, a minimum number of three tests is required to draw the VE graph.The voltage endurance line is straight or curved. In the latter case, its trend can often be

approximated by a few straight regions: sometimes a first part for short times with a low slope,

a middle region (which can extend to long times) with a steeper slope and finally a further

trend of the line showing a tendency to become horizontal (see Figure 1, where a general VE

line is shown). It is likely that the shape of the VE graph changes significantly from one

material or system to another. With a curve as shown in Figure 1, the VEC is not constant,

and the VEC will be different at different times (see n in Figure 2).Log E

t Log time to breakdown

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Figure 1 – General voltage endurance line

4.4 Short-time electric strength

The short-time electric strength is measured using a linearly increasing voltage. The duration

of such a test, as used in this International Standard, is of the order of one minute up to some

tens of minutes. The arithmetic mean value of the breakdown field for the tested sample is E .

The results of electric strength tests (or, in general, of tests with increasing voltage) are not

represented directly in the VE graph. Instead, a constant voltage test at the same stress as

the mean electric strength, E (or very close to it, 0,9E or as agreed), is made to determine

o othe time to dielectric breakdown, t , with constant stress. The point (E , t ) is the origin of the

o o oVE line. More details on this procedure are given in 5.5. However, when this procedure is

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a) The electric strength tests shall be carried out under the same conditions (humidity,

temperature, etc.), in the same test cell and with the same procedures as for the voltage

endurance tests.b) The test specimens, the breakdown path and the conditions of the specimen after

dielectric breakdown shall be examined and recorded for future use in the analysis of the

results. The latter is to ensure that the mode of failure at high stress is the same as that of

the other specimens tested later at lower stress.4.5 Voltage endurance coefficient (VEC)

The slope of the VE line, n, is an indicator of the response of a material or system to electrical

stress. The parameter n is dimensionless. With a small slope of the VE line (i.e. a large value

of VEC), even a small reduction of stress produces a great increase in life. The reciprocal of

the slope is taken to be consistent with the numerical value of the exponent n in Formula (1).

A large value of the VEC does not correspond necessarily to high electric strength. It can

happen that the material with lower VEC has a longer time to dielectric breakdown at a given

stress if its short-time electric strength is so high that its poorer endurance is compensated for.

The value of n shall be associated with a high mean electric strength before attributing a high

endurance to the material. What is most significant is the retention of usable electric

strength for long periods of time.4.6 Differential VEC (n )

If the VE line is curved in log-log coordinates, its slope is measured by means of the tangent

at any point. For any electrical stress, and thus for any point on the line, the differential

, can be defined as the absolute value of the reciprocal ofvoltage endurance coefficient, n

the slope of the curve at that point (Figure 2) according to the life model described in

Clause 5.Log

VE line

Line for determining n

1,0

Log time to breakdown

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Figure 2 – Determination of the differential VEC n at a generic point P of the VE line

4.7 Electrical threshold stress (E )If the VE line tends to become horizontal with decreasing stress within the test stress-times,

this indicates the presence of a limiting stress, E , below which electrical ageing becomes

negligible. This limit is called the electrical threshold stress. The tendency of the line to

become horizontal is detected by means of tests of suitable duration. However, the tests do

not always succeed in revealing such a trend in a reasonable time. Some insulating materials

or systems do not show any electrical threshold stress even for very long test times.

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4.8 Voltage endurance relationship

The VE relationship is the mathematical model of life under electrical stress or voltage, i.e.

the formula relating electrical stress and time to dielectric breakdown, whose graphical

representation is given by the VE line. If this line is straight on log-log graph paper, the

formula is of the type:L = c E (1)

where

L is the time to dielectric breakdown or time to failure or life;

E is the electrical stress;

c and n are constants dependent on temperature and other environmental parameters.

Formula (1) constitutes the so-called inverse-power model, which is the voltage-life model

often encountered with voltage endurance data on solid electrical insulation. In this case the

VEC is n, and it is constant. When data are available for time to dielectric breakdown at two

constant-voltage stresses, this model shall be used to get a rough estimate of the value of n

by using Formula (2):L E

1 1

= (2)

L E

2 2

If the VE test data do not form a straight line on log-log paper, the use of the inverse-power

, other models havemodel is incorrect. If the line approaches an electrical threshold stress, E

been proposed, among them

L = c′ (E – E ) , (3)

which becomes the inverse-power model if E tends to 0 and is preferably used when the data

for short and medium times fit a straight line on log-log coordinates. Alternatively, another

model isk exp (− h E)

L = , (4)

E − E

which derives from the exponential model, corresponding to an approximately straight line in

semilog coordinates for E > E but gives infinite time to dielectric breakdown when E tends to

E . In Formulas (3) and (4), constants c′, n, k, h and E depend on temperature and other

t tenvironmental conditions.

Formulas (3) and (4) generate two new formulas which define the trend of the VE line

, E ) and (L , E ). The following formulas are obtained:between any two points, (L

1 1 2 2

E − E

1 1 t

= , (5)

L E − E

2 2 t

L exp {− h (E − E )}

1 1 2

= . (6)

L (E − E )/ (E − E )

2 1 t 2 t

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The formulas of the VE line for a straight line or a straight-line segment on log-log plot are

Formulas (1) and (2). When there is a tendency toward a threshold after an approximately

linear trend on log-log or semilog graph paper, Formulas (3), (4), (5) and (6) apply.

By taking the logarithms, the inverse-power model, Formula (1), becomesln (L) = ln (c) − n ln (E) . (7)

This is the formula of the straight VE line in log-log coordinates. Its slope is −1/n. As the

numerical value of the reciprocal of the slope is equal to n, the VEC can also be defined as

the exponent n in the inverse-power model.5 Test methods

5.1 Introductory remarks

Different methods of carrying out the VE test can be used. The differences concern the way of

applying voltage (constant or increasing with time), the frequency (service or higher) and the

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