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The Electrical Properties of Glass

Nature volume 134, page 236 (18 August 1934) | Download Citation



THIS monograph is issued under the auspices of the American National Committee on Electrical Insulation and discusses the electrical insulation of glass; the insulation of liquids and gases has been discussed in two other monographs. Very little definite knowledge has been previously published showing the connexion between the electrical properties of glass and its composition. The present volume gives a wide survey of the theoretical progress that has been made and critically reviews the available information. It will prove useful to students of the insulating properties of solid dielectrics, as glass is a very convenient material on which to experiment. It is widely used as an engineering material, and so a knowledge of its limitations will be helpful to engineers. Unfortunately, the results obtained by experimenters do not always agree. Defining the electric strength of glass as the maximum voltage gradient required to puncture the material, it would appear to be a variable depending on the thickness of the test specimen. This point needs further experimental investigation.

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