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Stress Control on Polymeric Outdoor Insulators Using Zinc Oxide Microvaristor Composites

Abd Rahman, Rahisham, Haddad, Abderrahmane, Harid, Noureddine and Griffiths, Huw 2012. Stress Control on Polymeric Outdoor Insulators Using Zinc Oxide Microvaristor Composites. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation 19 (2) , pp. 705-713. 10.1109/TDEI.2012.6180266

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Abstract

An approach to high field control, particularly in the areas near the high voltage (HV) and ground terminals of an outdoor insulator, is proposed using a nonlinear grading material; Zinc Oxide (ZnO) microvaristors compounded with other polymeric materials to obtain the required properties and allow easy application. The electrical properties of the microvaristor compounds are characterised by a nonlinear field-dependent conductivity. This paper describes the principles of the proposed field-control solution and demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed approach in controlling the electric field along insulator profiles. A case study is carried out for a typical 11 kV polymeric insulator design to highlight the merits of the grading approach. Analysis of electric potential and field distributions on the insulator surface is described under dry clean and uniformly contaminated surface conditions for both standard and microvaristor-graded insulators. The grading and optimisation principles to allow better performance are investigated to improve the performance of the insulator both under steady state operation and under surge conditions. Furthermore, the dissipated power and associated heat are derived to examine surface heating and losses in the grading regions and for the complete insulator. Preliminary tests on in-house prototype insulators have confirmed better flashover performance of the proposed graded insulator with a 21 % increase in flashover voltage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Microvaristors, electric field, nonlinear grading material, polymeric outdoor insulators, stress control
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN: 1070-9878
Funders: University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:42
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/37429

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