Transformer bushings: modelling of electric field and potential distributions within oil impregnated paper with single and multiple spherical cavities

D.J. Smith, Scott G. McMeekin, Brian G. Stewart, Peter A. Wallace

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Abstract

The majority of power transformer high voltage bushings today are of the condenser oil impregnated paper (OIP) type. These bushings have a series of dielectric layers with conductive foils in between each layer, which improve electric field uniformity. This paper studies the electric field and potential distributions within an OIP system containing single and multiple air filled spherical cavities. Simulations are made using the finite element method (FEM) for a plate-to-plate and a cylindrical geometry. The numerical models studied use typical parameters from OIP condenser bushings. The results show the distribution variation with cavity size, cavity location and the effects of clustered cavities. It is expected that the results will provide an improved understanding of how to model faults within OIP bushings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th International Universities Power Engineering Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • transformer busings
  • high voltage
  • electricity
  • engineering

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    Smith, D. J., McMeekin, S. G., Stewart, B. G., & Wallace, P. A. (2010). Transformer bushings: modelling of electric field and potential distributions within oil impregnated paper with single and multiple spherical cavities. In Proceedings of the 45th International Universities Power Engineering Conference http://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/sec/277