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Dependence of ESD Charge Voltage on Humidity in Data Centers: Part I - Test Methods
ASHRAE Transactions
  • Atieh Talebzadeh
  • Mahdi Moradian
  • Yunan Han
  • Abhishek Patnaik
  • David E. Swenson
  • David Pommerenke, Missouri University of Science and Technology

The effect of absolute and relative humidity on the charge generated in the human body during different human activities was investigated. Environmental conditions were varied between a relative humidity of 8% to 45% in a temperature range of 5°C to 38°C (41°F to 100.4°F); additionally, a wide range of footwear and flooring types were considered. The human activities studied included well-defined walking, random walking and scraping feet, taking off a sweater and dropping it, and standing up from a chair. The first part of this three-part paper mainly describes the test and data analysis methodology. One conclusion based on the voltages generated across different footwear and flooring combinations is that charge generation depends on the particular activity and associated materials. However, low relative humidity and a low, but not very low, dew point in general produce conditions favorable for high-voltage generation. Of all of the experiments performed, standing up from a chair yielded the highest body voltage. Two other parts of the three-part paper present a detailed analysis.

Meeting Name
2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference (2015: Jan. 24-28, Chicago, IL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Center/Lab(s)
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory
Keywords and Phrases
  • Building materials,
  • Random processes,
  • Testing,
  • Charge generation,
  • Charge voltage,
  • Data centers,
  • Environmental conditions,
  • High voltage generation,
  • Human activities,
  • Low relative humidities,
  • Temperature range,
  • Floors
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
File Type
© 2015 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) , All rights reserved.
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Citation Information
Atieh Talebzadeh, Mahdi Moradian, Yunan Han, Abhishek Patnaik, et al.. "Dependence of ESD Charge Voltage on Humidity in Data Centers: Part I - Test Methods" ASHRAE Transactions Vol. 121 (2015) p. 58 - 70 ISSN: 0001-2505
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