American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Degradation of High Voltage Polymeric Insulators in Arid Desert's Simulated Environmental Conditions

Yasin Khan

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2009.438.445

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 2, Issue 2

Pages 438-445


Problem statement: High Voltage (HV) polymeric insulators are replacing ceramic insulator commonly used for HV outdoor networks due to their ease of handling, reliability and cost. However, their long term performance and reliability are major concerns to power utilities. Approach: To investigate their performance in arid desert's conditions, two types of HV composite insulators were aged as per International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) standard-61109. Additional test samples were subjected to accelerated aging conditions simulating the actual Ultraviolet (UV) radiation intensity and temperature in the inland desert. Results: This study described the experimental results of the effects of thermo electric stress and UV radiations on the polymeric insulators aged under two conditions i.e., as per IEC standard and modified IEC standard that simulates the inland arid desert. The tests results after the artificial accelerated aging indicated that the dielectric response of thermoplastic insulators under the tested thermo-electric cum UV-irradiations outperforms Silicone rubber insulators. Conclusion: From the obtained results it will be easy to assess the performance and suitability of composite insulators for their applications in arid desert environments.


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