How many volts of energy can a human body survive?

1 Answer
Jan 10, 2017

It is not the voltage that is of danger to humans, but the amount of current that will pass through the body as a result. Read on...


Under conditions of very low current, a person can easily withstand tens or hundreds of thousands of volts with relatively little discomfort. The images you see of children holding the large globe of a van de Graaf generator while their hair stands on end is proof of this.

This is because in these situations, the amount of available charge, and as a result the amount of current passing through the body is very low, and no damage to tissue results

However, when a large supply of charge is available, and as a result, larger currents can pass through the body, the damage to tissue and organs can be severe.

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As you see in this papers, as little as 0.01 amp causes involuntary muscle spasms, while ventricular fibrillation can result from as little as 0.030 amp!