Electric Field and Thermal Analysis of 132 kV Ceramic Oil-filled Cable Sealing Ends

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Abstract

This paper reports on a method combining the use of finite element simulations and external measurements to provide preliminary condition diagnosis of oil-filled cable sealing ends (CSEs) without requiring downtime. Good agreement has been obtained between the predictions from the electric field and thermal simulations and the measurements on a 132 kV oil-filled CSE. The electrostatic computation combined with electric field measurements can provide information regarding the electric field distribution inside the CSE and help in identifying potential issues with the CSE design, the materials or the cable termination process. The thermal computation combined with thermal imaging can reveal potential problems, such as high resistance connection to the busbar, and provide information regarding the cooling efficiency of the liquid dielectric. The method presented can provide the starting point for prioritizing maintenance operations on CSEs.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Feb 2020