Partial discharge detection and localization: using software defined radio

Hamd Mohamed, Pavlos Lazaridis, Peter Mather, Christos Tachtatzis, Martin Judd, Robert Atkinson, Ian A. Glover

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Partial Discharge (PD) occurs when insulation containing voids is subjected to high voltage (HV). If left untreated PD can degrade insulation until, eventually, catastrophic insulation failure occurs. The detection of PD current pulses, however, can allow incipient insulation faults to be identified, located and repaired prior to plant failure. Traditionally PD is detected using galvanic contact methods or capacitive/inductive coupling sensors. This article discusses the use of Software Defined Radio (SDR) for PD detection and localization, and presents proof of principle experimental results that suggest SDR can provide a simple and reliable solution for PD-based monitoring of HV insulation integrity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
Issue number4
Early online date23 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2019


  • partial discharge
  • radio
  • software defined radio

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