40220762 (Dielectric materials and insulation technology)

Course Name: Dielectric materials and insulation technology

Course Number: 40220762

Program: Undergraduate program

Type: optional course for electrical engineering

Credits: 2

Term Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and electronic technology

Instructor(s): Zhou Yuanxiang




R. Bartnikas, K.D. Srivastava, Power and communication cables : theory and applications, New York : IEEE Press : McGraw-Hill, 2000

Liang Xidong, Chen Changyu, Zhou Yuanxiang. High Voltage Engineering, Beijing: Tsinghua Press, 2003(in Chinese)

B.K.P. Scaife, Principles of dielectrics, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1989 Frohlich, H. Theory of dielectrics : dielectric constant and dielectric loss. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1950

Lampert, M. A. & Mark, P. Current Injection in Solids. Academic Press, 1970

O'Dwyer, J. J. The theory of electrical conduction and breakdown in solid dielectrics. Clarendon Press, 1973


Course Description:


This course covers the general principles of dielectric materials and insulation technology. Topics include quantum physics, polarization properties, charge transport, dielectric breakdown and aging problem of dielectric materials. It also includes many examples and applications of the theory.


Course Objectives and Outcomes:

     Numbers in brackets are linked to department educational outcomes

1.Students should master the basic theoretical knowledge of dielectric material and insulation technology. [1, 2,3,4,5]

2.Team work will be requested in a case study with a related scientific topic. [5]

3.Course project report and oral presentations will be requested. [5, 6, 7, 10]

Course Topics:

1.Introduction of the course

2.Basic knowledge of quantum chemistry

3.Basic knowledge of dielectric physics

4.The basic theory of polarization

5.The charge transport

6.Applications of interface dielectric theory

7.The dielectric breakdown and aging theory

8.Fundamentals of dielectric chemical

9.Insulation structure design and test


Electric strength test


make a 15 min presentation in class

Submit a final report 1 month after the presentation


Course Assessment:

       Homework, 40%.

       Projects 60% (Oral Presentation, 20%; Project report, 40%).