SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1960

Effects of Gamma Radiation on Some Electrical Properties of TFE-Fluorocarbon Plastics


The investigation reported herein included the measurements of several dielectric properties of TFE-fluorocarbon (Teflon) plastics before, during, and after gamma irradiation by a cobalt-60 source.

Postirradiation measurements of dielectric constant of 32- and 125-mil specimens, irradiated to a dose of 5.7 × 10 7 r, indicated no change from the preirradiation values. Dielectric strengths of 3-, 5-, and 11-mil specimens, irradiated to a dose of 5.7 × 10 7 r, did not change significantly from the preirradiation values.

Volume resistivity of specimens irradiated at dose rates ranging from 3 × 10- 2 r per hr to 1.85 × 10 5 r per hr decreased very rapidly during irradiation. After approximately 20 hr resistivity reached a constant value which was at least a factor of 10 3 below the preirradiation value. Results indicate that the resistivity during irradiation is an inverse function of dose rate and specimen thickness.

After the removal of -4- and 8-mil specimens from the irradiation field, resistivity increased steadily toward the preirradiation value. The postirradiation resistivity of 250-mil specimens increased exponentially for approximately 8 hr after which a gradual decrease was observed for several hundred hours. Post irradiation values of resistivity indicate a dependence on the dose to which a specimen was irradiated.

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Loy, WE
The Martin Co., Baltimore, Md.
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 68–78
DOI: 10.1520/STP39589S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5672-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-5671-5