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Circuit breaker prognostics using SF6 data

Rudd, Susan and Catterson, Victoria and Mcarthur, Stephen and Johnstone, Carl (2011) Circuit breaker prognostics using SF6 data. In: 2011 IEEE power and energy society general meeting. IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting PESGM . IEEE, New York, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9781457710018

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Control decisions within future energy networks may take account of the health and condition of network assets, pushing condition monitoring within the smart grid remit. In order to support maintenance decisions, this paper proposes a circuit breaker prognostic system, which ranks circuit breakers in order of maintenance priority. By monitoring the SF6 density within a breaker, the system not only predicts the number of days to a critical level, but also incorporates uncertainty by giving upper and lower bounds on the prediction. This prognostic model, which performs linear regression, will be described in this paper, along with case studies demonstrating ranking breakers based on maintenance priority and prognosis of a leaking breaker. Providing an asset manager with this type of information could allow improved management of his/her assets, potentially deferring maintenance to a time when an outage is already scheduled.