Changes to Electrolytic Capacitors - More Reliable?

05 November 2018

Changes to Electrolytic Capacitors - More Reliable?

Electrolytic capacitors have long been identified as a weak link for long term high reliability applications. However, capacitor manufacturers have made significant improvements to the materials and manufacturing processes to enhance their reliability. This webinar will discuss those changes, provide insight into the various failure mechanisms for electrolytic capacitors and describe appropriate accelerated tests to validate performance.


We will take a deeper dive into the methodologies utilized to improve capacitor performance, e.g. foil purity and electrolyte volume. We will also discuss, from a reliability perspective, the impact of changing to a higher temperature electrolyte (from ethylene glycol to DMF, DMA and GBL) and also changes in the bung material (from butyl to EPDM).


There are several environmental factors involved in the aging of electrolytic capacitors. Electrolyte loss due to drying out and leakage current due to oxide degradation are thermally related as is the self-heating associated with ripple current. The impact of the applied voltage level is also a driver as it can cause leakage current increases as well. All of these issues result in a capacitance decrease, an increase in ESR, and a change to the dissipation factor. Many other failure mechanisms associated with manufacturing will also be discussed.


Examples of calculations for life expectancy will be shown to demonstrate the effects of applied voltage, rated temperature, ripple current, and the endurance factor coupled with the application usage profile.



Changes to Electrolytic Capacitors - More Reliable?



Thursday the 8th of November 2018






11:00 AM EST