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breakdown voltage

noun, Electricity
the minimum applied voltage that would cause a given insulator or electrode to break down.
Origin of breakdown voltage
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Energy deposition versus breakdown voltage for polypropylene.
  • Measurements of breakdown voltage and pressure were carried out at interfaces of both new and field-aged cable joints.
  • When it heats and turns to vapor, the breakdown voltage is not low.
  • Sub-micron gap capacitor for measurement of breakdown voltage in air.
  • For each air gap length, and under the same atmospheric conditions, there is a statistical variation in the breakdown voltage.
  • The charge builds and discharge occurs after the breakdown voltage is reached.
  • It is believed ignition was prevented by the increase in effective breakdown voltage of the air.
  • Neither the insulation resistance nor power-factor test methods can accurately predict the breakdown voltage of insulation.

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