I have an isolated DC-DC convertor which boasts a 1.5kV isolation. I have a PCB made along with the additional components it requires. How can I test it?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you give us a link to the product datasheet, you never know what someone might find useful there. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jul 9 '12 at 3:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would like a general testing procedure for testing isolation. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 10 '12 at 6:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was asking if you can give us a link to the DCDC converter \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jul 10 '12 at 7:28

I assume that you have from 1 kV to 2 kV available as required for testing. If your question includes "how do I generate 1 kV" or similar please make this clar in the question.

All available data and a photo would help.

Non destructive testing may be difficult.

If you insert only the components that are relevant - eg those that cross the isolation barrier, and then apply a high voltage via suitably high resistor and monitor current, you can get a reasonably good idea of whether you have leakage.

As a system rated at 1.5 kV should protect against somewhat more than the rated limit you can do a pass/die test with 1 kV. As above you can feed the HV via a high value resistor to limit current flow if breakdown occurs. Breakdown does not have to be destructive to anything on the isolated side BUT it's very easy when you are applying 1.5 kV to have a proportion of it turn up where it shouldn't.

IF the part is from a reputable manufacturer then you are really testing your PCB. Soldering in a dummy device so that solder etc is the same in real and dummy systems and then cuttin the dummy away so only its leads are left will give you a PCB that closely resembles your finished product.

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    \$\begingroup\$ An important point to add, make sure all pins on either side of the isolation barrier are shorted prior to performing the breadown testing, or you will certainly destroy your DC/DC converter \$\endgroup\$ Jul 9 '12 at 11:40

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