The construction of a DC high voltage precision divider

Merev A., Kalenderli O.

JOURNAL OF ELECTROSTATICS, vol.67, no.5, pp.741-745, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.elstat.2009.04.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.741-745
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A precise DC high-voltage divider was designed and constructed for use as a standard. The ratio of the divider for precise measurement must be known accurately independent of voltage and time. The changes in total resistance of a divider with voltage and time should be considered before design and construction. The divider consists of 100 wire-wound resistors with a total resistance of about 100 M Omega as the high-voltage arm and one wire-wound resistor with resistance of 100 k Omega as the low-voltage arm. The high voltage and ground electrodes were designed to prevent electric field concentration and corona formation at high voltages. A current measuring instrument with 6.5 digit resolution was developed to allow comparison of entering and existing currents for detection of current leakage. Considering the a relative uncertainty of 66 ppm (parts per million) was obtained with coverage factor sources of error, k = 2 for the constructed DC high-voltage divider. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.