High dielectric constant terpolymers for energy storage capacitors

Wesley Hackenberger, Ed Alberta, Paul W. Rehrig, Daeyong Jeong, Qiming Zhang

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Future pulsed power systems will need to be put on mobile platforms with limited space requiring much higher energy densities (5 - 10 J/cc) than is currently possible (2 J/cc). Achieving these energy levels with increased polypropylene film breakdown strength is a very difficult challenge. TRS is investigating an alternative approach using a relaxor ferroelectric terpolymer based on poly(vinylidene fluoride - trifluoroethylene - chlorofluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE-CFE) which exhibits a high dielectric constant (K > 50), and therefore can achieve stored energy densities in excess of 7 J/cc at lower electric fields than are currently used for biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) capacitors. Relaxor ferroelectric terpolymer has been synthesized, solution cast, and metalized. The resulting film had a dielectric constant of 50, a loss of 0.025, a breakdown strength of 350 MV/m, and an energy density over 8 J/cc. In comparison commercial metalized BOPP film only stored 1 J/cc at the same field. The next stage of our work will be to evaluate the performance of capacitors wound from terpolymer film. Terpolymer-ceramic composite film has also been investigated as a way of further increasing dielectric constant and, therefore, energy density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCARTS USA 2005
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event25th Symposium for Passive Components, CARTS-USA 2005 - Palm Springs, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2005Mar 24 2005

Publication series

NameCARTS USA 2005


Other25th Symposium for Passive Components, CARTS-USA 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalm Springs, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Materials Science(all)


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