A new dielectric response model for water tree degraded XLPE insulation - Part B: Dielectric response interpretation

Thomas, A. J. and Saha, T. K. (2008) A new dielectric response model for water tree degraded XLPE insulation - Part B: Dielectric response interpretation. IEEE Transactions On Dielectrics And Electrical Insulation, 15 4: 1144-1152. doi:10.1109/TDEI.2008.4591237


Author Thomas, A. J.
Saha, T. K.
Title A new dielectric response model for water tree degraded XLPE insulation - Part B: Dielectric response interpretation
Journal name IEEE Transactions On Dielectrics And Electrical Insulation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1070-9878
Publication date 2008-04-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1109/TDEI.2008.4591237
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 1144
End page 1152
Total pages 9
Editor R. Hackam
Place of publication Piscataway, NJ
Publisher IEEE
Language eng
Subject C1
0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
850603 Energy Systems Analysis
Abstract Dielectric response measurements, in both time and frequency domains, can generate valuable information about the condition of cables affected by water tree degradation. However, the interpretation of how these dielectric response measurements relate to water tree density and length is a difficult task. This difficulty in assessing in particular the longest water tree length from dielectric response measurements is a substantial limitation, as it is well known that the remaining electrical strength of a water tree degraded cable is related to the longest tree length. This paper will detail a study whose goal was to enhance the understanding of how water tree degradation (in particular long vented trees) influences the dielectric response, and therefore seeks to reduce this interpretation limitation. The paper examines the application of a finite element model for water tree degraded insulation. This application involves using the dynamic electrical behavior as predicted by the model to generate frequency domain dielectric responses. The predicted electrical behaviour of both bow-tie and vented trees and the dielectric response that such trees will produce is examined and compared to actual Frequency Domain Spectroscopy (FDS) measurements on water tree degraded cable samples. It is shown that the developed model can accurately reproduce such measurement behavior, including the non-linear response. Because of the success of the model in reproducing actual dielectric response measurements of water tree degraded cables, it has proven itself to be a useful interpretive tool for water tree detection and assessment.
Keyword Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
water trees
cross linked polyethylene insulation
finite element method
dielectric measurements
space charge
conductivity
dielectric loss
nonlinearities
frequency domain spectroscopy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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