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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Michael Moriarty ( )
Organization:Lockheed Martin
Date posted: Thu Mar 11 18:59:37 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Kapton insulated flexible circuits
Does anyone have information regarding the fielded or predicted reliability of Kapton (polyimide) insulated flex circuits. Our potential airborne application is with a "twist-flex capsule" in a turret assembly. Please note the distinction between flexible circuit and lead wire. I'm well aware of the widely documented "arc tracking" failure mechanisms associated with bundled Kapton-insulated lead wire on aircraft. My goal is to assess the probability of arc tracking occurring with single layered flex circuits, not lead wire. Any help would be appreciated.


Subject: Evaluation of the Twist-flex Capsule
Reply Posted by: Mark Mobley ( )
Organization: Baker Hughes Inteq
Date Posted: Tue Mar 23 11:21:31 US/Eastern 1999
You have two sure options: 1. Check the manufacturer's data, if its not sufficient you are forced into the 2nd option, 2. Build a test/evaluation fixture and find out. You should try to duplicate the "use environment" as much as possible. It maybe possible to accelerate the evaluation using a higher temperature (only if you have an acceleration factor assoicated with breakdown at temp.) Have fun.

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