Powder volume resistivity test
Explosion Testing for dust, gases & vapours
© January 2021

Powder volume resistivity

Determination of powder volume resistivity

This test determines powder volume resistivity by the simultaneous measurement of voltage and current passing through a test sample of known cross sectional area and depth. The test method is described in EN ISO/IEC 80079-20-2:2016 (Explosive atmospheres Part 20-2: Material characteristics - Combustible dusts test methods). An insulated measuring cell is used with two raised electrodes forming the sides. Material is poured into the cell and levelled across the electrodes with a straight edge. DC voltage is applied to the electrodes in the range 100 V to 1000 V and current flow is measured by a suitable ammeter. The test is repeated and the average measured current and applied voltage determined so that the electrical resistance across the electrodes may be calculated. The powder volume resistivity is derived from the average calculated resistance, height and length of the electrodes and space in between. Powder volume resistivity has units Ohm.m.
Powder volume resistivity test results table
Material
Relative Humidity
Resistivity
Sewage sludge
50%
1.7x10 14 Ohm.m
Explosion Testing
© January 2021

Powder volume

resistivity

Determination of powder

volume resistivity

This test determines powder volume resistivity by the simultaneous measurement of voltage and current passing through a test sample of known cross sectional area and depth. The test method is described in EN ISO/IEC 80079- 20-2:2016 (Explosive atmospheres Part 20-2: Material characteristics - Combustible dusts test methods). An insulated measuring cell is used with two raised electrodes forming the sides. Material is poured into the cell and levelled across the electrodes with a straight edge. DC voltage is applied to the electrodes in the range 100 V to 1000 V and current flow is measured by a suitable ammeter. The test is repeated and the average measured current and applied voltage determined so that the electrical resistance across the electrodes may be calculated. The powder volume resistivity is derived from the average calculated resistance, height and length of the electrodes and space in between. Powder volume resistivity has units Ohm.m.