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Solid insulation covering of conductors improves air insulation systems

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7 Author(s)
L. Walfridsson ; ABB Corp. Res., Vasteras, Sweden ; U. Fromm ; A. Kron ; R. Liu
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In laboratory set-ups, polymer covering of the electrodes has resulted in the reduction of the insulating distances by a factor two. One of the problems with covered conductors is however that of creeping discharges on the surface of the covering. The aim of this work was to investigate how creeping discharges develop under lightning impulse (1.2/50 μs) on two covered conductors at a 90-degree angle to each other. Furthermore, the aim was to investigate how to stop the propagation of a creeping discharge. This was achieved by inserting at least one cable termination, e.g. the type of termination used for high voltage cables, into the discharge path. The experiments showed that a set-up with two crossing cables can withstand very high voltages without any shed or termination of the creeping discharges. Further tests show a considerable increase of the breakdown voltage in other arrangements comprising covered electrodes. This was accomplished by using two cable terminations at each cable end to stop the propagation of creeping discharges

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Conduction and Breakdown in Solid Dielectrics, 1998. ICSD '98. Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE 6th International Conference on

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22-25 Jun 1998