Skip to Main Content
Recent computational advances have increased the viability of using numerical modelling techniques such as finite element analysis (FEA) to compute the rating of cable circuits. Such analysis has previously been completed for directly buried and force cooled cable circuits, but without direct consideration of the joint bay. In previously presented work a 2D axially symmetric finite element model of a 400 kV straight joint was created, allowing for a sensitivity analysis of the model parameters to be performed. Modelling has been subsequently expanded into 3D to allow the calculation of the temperature profile within a 3 phase circuit force cooled cable joint bay. This paper presents a discussion of results obtained from a model of the force cooled cable joint bay and the implications on the circuit rating.