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Dielectric spectroscopy for diagnosis of water tree deterioration in XLPE cables
KTH, Superseded Departments, Electric Power Systems.
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2001 (English)In: IEEE transactions on dielectrics and electrical insulation, ISSN 1070-9878, E-ISSN 1558-4135, Vol. 8, no 1, 27-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A HV dielectric spectroscopy system has been developed for diagnostics of water tree deteriorated extruded medium voltage cables. The technique is based on the measurement of nonlinear dielectric response in the frequency domain. Today's commercially available systems are capable of resolving low loss and small variations of permittivity as a function of frequency and voltage. Experience from more than 200 field measurements was combined with laboratory investigations. Small samples were used in an accelerated aging test to elucidate the correlation between water tree growth and dielectric response. Furthermore, field aged cables were investigated in the laboratory. It has been shown that the dielectric response of water tree deteriorated crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) cables can be recognized and classified into different types of responses related to the aging status and breakdown strength. The influence of termination and artifacts such as surface currents was investigated. The measurement method enables us to separate the response of the cable from the influence of accessories. Finally, two different field studies of the implementation of the diagnostic method are presented. The field studies show that the fault rate decreased significantly when replacement strategy was based on the diagnostic criteria formulated.

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2001. Vol. 8, no 1, 27-42 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20453ISI: 000167588000005OAI: diva2:339148
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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