Calibration of free-space radiometric partial discharge measurements

Adel A. Jaber, Pavlos I. Lazaridis, Mohammad Moradzadeh, Ian A. Glover, Zaharias D. Zaharis, Maria F.Q. Vieira, Martin D. Judd, Robert C. Atkinson

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The present study addresses the calibration of four types of partial discharge (PD) emulators used in the development of a PD Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). Three PD emulators have been constructed: a floating-electrode emulator, and two internal PD emulators. Both DC and AC high-voltage power supplies are used to initiate PD, which is measured using concurrent free-space radiometry (FSR) and a galvanic contact method based on the IEC 60270 standard. The emulators have been measured and simulated, and a good agreement has been found for the radiated fields. A new method of estimating the absolute PD activity level from radiometric measurements is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3004-3014
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2017



  • biconical antenna
  • FSR measurement
  • galvanic contact measurement
  • partial discharge
  • PD emulator calibration
  • PD intensity measurement

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Jaber, A. A., Lazaridis, P. I., Moradzadeh, M., Glover, I. A., Zaharis, Z. D., Vieira, M. F. Q., ... Atkinson, R. C. (2017). Calibration of free-space radiometric partial discharge measurements. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 24(5), 3004-3014.