disruptive discharge

noun Electricity.
the sudden, large increase in current through an insulating medium resulting from complete failure of the medium under electrostatic stress.
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disruptive discharge
 
n
a sudden large increase in current through an insulating medium resulting from failure of the medium to withstand an applied electric field

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Flashover: a disruptive discharge through the air around or over the surface of an insulator.
Breakdown voltage means the voltage at which a disruptive discharge takes place through or over the surface of insulation.
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