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Optical Detection of Partial Discharges on Insulator Strings of High-Voltage Transmission Lines

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2 Author(s)
Oliveira, S.C. ; Dept. de Eletron. e Sist., Univ. Fed. de Pernambuco, Recife ; Fontana, E.

Leakage current detection is a promising method for measuring pollution levels on insulators of overhead transmission lines. This paper describes the development of a leakage current sensor based on a fiber-coupled light-emitting diode, as well as the development of a processing module that detects, stores, and classifies leakage current peaks that are directly related to partial discharges on the surface of the high-voltage insulators. The relative humidity is also detected and stored for further analysis. The processing module uses a PIC 16F877A microcontroller and can register the rate of partial discharges for two months on three different levels.

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 7 )