ASTM International - ASTM D2132-12
Standard Test Method for Dust-and-Fog Tracking and Erosion Resistance of Electrical Insulating Materials
|Publication Date:||1 January 2012|
|ICS Code (Insulating materials in general):||29.035.01|
significance And Use:
Method-It is possible that electrical insulation in service will fail as a result of tracking, erosion, or a combination of both, if exposed to high relative humidity and contamination... View More
Method-It is possible that electrical insulation in service will fail as a result of tracking, erosion, or a combination of both, if exposed to high relative humidity and contamination environments. This is particularly true of organic insulations in outdoor applications where the surface of the insulation becomes contaminated by deposits of moisture and dirt, for example, coal dust or salt spray. This test method is an accelerated test that simulates extremely severe outdoor contamination. It is believed that the most severe conditions likely to be encountered in outdoor service in the United States will be relatively mild compared to the conditions specified in this test method.
Test Results-Materials can be classified by this test method as tracking-resistant, tracking-affected, or tracking-susceptible
|Erosion-susceptible||5 to 50 h|
|Erosion-affected||50 to 200 h|
|Erosion-resistant||over 200 h|
Note 5-This information is derived from the individual experiences of eight laboratories using this test method since its publication as a suggested test method in June 1957, and from the results of an organized test program among these laboratories.
Note 6-In a normal distribution approximately 68 % of all test values are included within ±1 standard deviation of the mean.
Interpretation of Test Results-This test method provides information that allows classification as described in 6.2. The comparison of materials within the same group is likely to be ambiguous unless three or more replicate specimens are tested. When the test method is used for specification purposes, do not establish simple minimum values without consideration of the large variance to be expected in test results. It is recommended that quality levels and specification minima be determined by statistical techniques.View Less
1.1 This test method is intended to differentiate solid electrical insulating materials with respect to their resistance to the action of electric arcs produced by conduction through surface films of a specified contaminant containing moisture. Test Methods and D2303 are also useful to evaluate materials.
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are the standard, except in cases where SI units are more appropriate. The values in parentheses are for information only.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in 12.4.
Note 1-There is no equivalent ISO standard.