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Dielectric windows for UHF partial discharge detection

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4 Author(s)
Judd, M.D. ; Inst. for Energy & the Environinent, Strathclyde Univ., Glasgow, UK ; Farish, O. ; Pearson, J.S. ; Hampton, B.F.

Increasing the permittivity of the propagation medium inside a hollow tube lowers its cut-off frequency, allowing it to transmit a wider range of signal frequencies. This principle is applied to the design of dielectric windows that can be used to facilitate partial discharge (PD) detection at ultra high frequency (UHF) in a HV metalclad plant such as gas-insulated substation (GIS), power transformers and circuit breakers. External UHF couplers mounted on such windows can be removed or replaced without compromising the integrity of the insulation system. By increasing the signal power level incident on a window-mounted external UHF coupler, higher sensitivity to PD can be achieved. The problem is analyzed using waveguide theory and, using GIS as an example, improvements of ≈6 dB are demonstrated by means of coupler sensitivity measurements and experiments using PD sources

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Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 2001

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