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Evaluation of polymer-housed distribution arresters for use on rural electric power systems

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1 Author(s)
Mackevich, Jeffry P. ; Raychem Corp., Menlo Park, CA, USA

Users have converted to polymer-housed distribution surge arresters because of concerns over violent porcelain arrester failure. There is a false perception in the industry that polymer arresters are intrinsically fail-safe. It is proposed that there is a lack of understanding of the differences in failure mechanisms between porcelain and polymer arresters. Polymer arresters have unique design requirements to provide the desired reliability improvements. This paper suggests criteria for rural electric power system user evaluation of polymer arrester design and performance. Users are encouraged to participate in the standards writing process to facilitate changes beneficial to the industry

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 2 )