Partial discharge analysis has a long record as reliable diagnostic tool to assess the integrity and the quality of electrical insulation of power systems. On-line partial discharge monitoring systems for live medium voltage cable connections have recently been introduced in Dutch grids and also a few worldwide. To enhance the applicability of on-line cable diagnostics there is a need to develop a PD interpretation approach suitable for on-line monitoring. This paper discusses various PD parameters, including PD charge magnitude, PD occurrence rate and PD charge density and their related statistical values such as mean and maximum, used to interpret the PD activity. Trend watching of these parameters is employed to study the degradation state of cable connections and their components. The approach is applied to field data obtained over a year through monitoring several live circuits. In this paper, three examples are presented. Weak spots were detected and failures were prevented by early warning.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|