Effect of pollution severity on electric field distribution along a polymeric insulator

Arshad Arshad, Azam Nekahi, Scott McMeekin, Masoud Farzaneh

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To study the effect of pollution level on electric field distribution of polymeric insulators, simulations were carried out using Comsol Multiphysics. The effect of light, medium, heavy and very heavy pollution on the electric field and potential distribution was investigated. Pollution was modelled as a uniform conductive water layer on the insulator surface. Electric field analysis was carried out by changing the conductivity of the pollution layer. Simulation results show that electric field strength is high at the junction of the sheath and shed and minimum at the top of the shed. It was also observed from simulations that electric field stress increases with increasing pollution level. The result of this study will help scientists and engineers in the design and selection of outdoor insulators for different polluted environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on the Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials (ICPADM 2015)
Pages612 - 615
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479989034
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2015


  • pollution level effect
  • electric fields
  • polymeric insulators


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