ASTM D1082 - 00(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Dissipation Factor and Permittivity (Dielectric Constant) of Mica

    Active Standard ASTM D1082 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.19

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.01


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    Significance and Use

    The dissipation factor of natural muscovite mica, as determined by this test method, is of practical importance as a measure of the electrical energy lost as heat in the mica serving as the dielectric substance of capacitors, or in other applications in which the electric field is applied perpendicular to the plane of cleavage. The dissipation factor is particularly important in applications using mica at radio frequencies and in some less extensive audio frequency applications. This test method is suitable for specification acceptance and dielectric-loss control tests (see the Significance and Use of Test Methods D150).

    Relative Permittivity (Dielectric Constant)The permittivity of natural muscovite mica is a measure of its relative ability to store electrostatic energy. Since the relative permittivity perpendicular to the cleavage plane is fairly uniform, regardless of origin, its practical significance is mainly for identification purposes, special uses, research, and design. If a loss index is desired, the value of the permittivity must be known (see the Significance and Use of Test Methods D150).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the dissipation factor and the relative permittivity of natural block mica having thicknesses between 0.007 and 0.030 in. (0.18 and 0.77 mm) and mica films or capacitor splits between 0.0008 and 0.004 in. (0.02 and 0.10 mm) in thickness.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information purposes only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. A specific warning statement is given in Section 7 and 6.1.1.

    Note 1—Procedures for the measurement of dissipation factor and permittivity are given in IEC Publication 60371-2, but the details of the procedure are somewhat different from those specified in this test method.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D150 Test Methods for AC Loss Characteristics and Permittivity (Dielectric Constant) of Solid Electrical Insulation

    D374 Test Methods for Thickness of Solid Electrical Insulation

    D748 Specification for Natural Block Mica and Mica Films Suitable for Use in Fixed Mica-Dielectric Capacitors

    IEC Publication

    Publication60371-2 Specification for insulating materials based on micaPart 2: Methods of test Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 73.080 (Non-metalliferrous minerals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101501(Mica)


    DOI: 10.1520/D1082-00R11

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