Method for the determination of the proof and the comparative tracking indices of solid insulating materials
|Publication Date:||1 October 2009|
|ICS Code (Electrical and electronic testing):||19.080|
|ICS Code (Insulating materials in general):||29.035.01|
This International standard specifies the method of test for the determination of the proof and comparative tracking indices of solid insulating materials on pieces taken from parts of equipment and on plaques of material using alternating voltages.
The standard provides for the determination of erosion when required.
NOTE 1 The proof tracking index is used as an acceptance criterion as well as a means for the quality control of materials and fabricated parts. The comparative tracking index is mainly used for the basic characterization and comparison of the properties of materials.
Test results cannot be used directly for the evaluation of safe creepage distances when designing electrical apparatus.
NOTE 2 This test discriminates between materials with relatively poor resistance to tracking, and those with moderate or good resistance, for use in equipment which can be used under moist conditions. More severe tests, of longer duration are required for the assessment of performance of materials for outdoor use, utilizing higher voltages and larger test specimens (see the inclined plane test of IEC 60587). Other test methods such as the inclined method may rank materials in a different order from the drop test given in this standard.