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

Yasin Khan1
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American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 2 No. 2, 2009, 438-445

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2009.438.445

Submitted On: 17 April 2009 Published On: 30 June 2009

How to Cite: Khan, Y. (2009). Degradation of High Voltage Polymeric Insulators in Arid Desert's Simulated Environmental Conditions . American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2(2), 438-445. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2009.438.445

Abstract

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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Keywords

  • High voltage
  • polymeric insulator
  • accelerated aging
  • UV radiations
  • silicon rubber
  • thermoplastic elastomer
  • flashover voltage
  • lightning impulse