PD characteristics and degradation in PET insulation with vented and unvented internal voids

D. Adhikari, D.M. Hepburn, B.G. Stewart

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Voids in solid insulation give rise to partial discharge (PD). Factors affecting PD activity in internal voids include the type of gas contained, gas pressure and surface properties of the void. Identifying the presence of PD and understanding the measurable parameters may allow improved management of industrial
assets. This paper reports on quantifiable and measurable differences in PD activity and material degradation among voids which have vented and unvented channels. To investigate changes in PD activity with void characteristics experiments are carried out using artificial voids created from layered sections
of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) polymer. One set of samples has a confined internal void; a second set of samples has a void with a channel having a closed end and a third set of samples has a vented channel connecting the void to the outer atmosphere. The results show measurable differences in PD activity and subsequent material degradation in the various voids.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalElectric Power Systems Research
Early online date30 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


  • partial discharge
  • polymeric insulation
  • FTIR analysis
  • SEM-EDS analysis
  • AFM imaging
  • partial discharge repetition rate

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