Hipot testing is a stress test to determine the reliability of insulators and helps identify bad components. There are different high potential testing technologies available and it is important to understand the proper use of each. Using the wrong method can degrade or even cause an electrical component to fail.
Here are some articles that explain suitable high potential test equipment for different applications:
What to Consider in DC Hipot Testing explains why certain high potential testing methods are preferred on new cables that are about to be installed. It also explains how this method is sometimes utilized in quality control of cables.
Performance Testing with DC and VLF Hipots talks about the difference of VLF and DC testing as well as the advantages of each method.
Proper Hipot Tests for Field-Aged and New Cables explains what type of high potential test is suitable for old and new cables, and explains the impacts of contaminants in service aged cables when a direct current high potential test is performed.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August, 2011 and has been updated freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.