Effect of ground return path on partial discharge signal propagation along single-core and three-core power cables

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Abstract

High frequency signal components from partial discharge in an underground power cable propagate according to available modes provided by the cable structure. Which mode or combination of modes is detected depends on type and installation of sensors. Without the ground return impedance, the earth screen voltage is assumed to be equal to the ground potential and all current will flow through phase conductor(s) and earth screen. However the soil may contribute to the transmission line propagation modes and affect the detected partial discharge signals. This paper investigates the effect of the ground return path on partial discharge detection at cable ends. Existing theory and modeling (modal analysis, ground impedance) are customized for the analysis. Transmission line parameters measurements approve the modelings. Time domain signal propagation simulation shows that the ground mode has a minor contribution to the signal propagation. The implication for partial discharge detection is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1783-1798
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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