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Partial discharge detection and location for HVDC polymeric cables

Morris, Euan A and Siew, WH and Given, Martin (2016) Partial discharge detection and location for HVDC polymeric cables. In: Universities High Voltage Network Colloquium 2017, 2017-01-18 - 2017-01-19, Glasgow Caledonian University. (In Press)

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This poster is concerned with use of partial discharge monitoring to provide information about the condition of the insulation of electrical cables used for HVDC transmission systems. Electrical cables are among the most fundamental components of any electrical grid, from large subsea international interconnectors, to the ‘last mile’ providing consumers with their electrical supply. The size, cost and current carrying capability are the main considerations when designing and selecting a cable, and in this regard the insulation of these cables is as fundamental as the conductor. Partial discharge (PD) measurement is becoming increasingly vital in monitoring the condition of cable insulation, providing valuable information about the health of the insulation, and predicting when insulation is likely to fail. The majority of this PD monitoring is performed on cable operating under AC conditions, however, with the increasing use of high voltage DC links, for subsea, or long land-based connections provides motivation for the increased use of PD monitoring on cables operating under HVDC. However, despite the increased intensity of research into PD in HVDC cables, there are significant knowledge gaps, preventing the practical application of PD monitoring techniques to HVDC cables. This poster describes the initial stages of a project to partially address these gaps in knowledge, by seeking to obtain results from PD measurements on cables of different insulation types under both AC and DC conditions. From this, recommendations on the use of PD monitoring for HVDC cables, with emphasis on insulation type, are will be provided, as well as recommendations for future research at both an academic and industrial level. The poster will detail the results of the initial literature review, as well as the design for the planned experimentation, and test rig.