Method for the determination of the proof and the comparative tracking indices of solid insulating materials
|Publication Date:||1 October 2020|
|ICS Code (Electrical and electronic testing):||19.080|
|ICS Code (Insulating materials in general):||29.035.01|
This document 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 voltage.
This document provides a procedure 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.
This test method evaluates the composition of the material as well as the surface of the material being evaluated. Both the composition and surface condition directly influence the results of the evaluation and are considered when using the results in material selection process.
Test results are not directly suitable for the evaluation of safe creepage distances when designing electrical apparatus.
NOTE 2 This is in compliance with IEC 60664-1, Insulation coordination for equipment within low-voltage systems - Part 1: Principles, requirements and tests.
NOTE 3 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 available 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 can rank materials in a different order from the drop test given in this document.
This basic safety publication focusing on a safety test method is primarily intended for use by technical committees in the preparation of safety publications in accordance with the principles laid down in IEC Guide 104 and lSO/lEC Guide 51.
One of the responsibilities of a technical committee is, wherever applicable, to make use of basic safety publications in the preparation of its publications.