Electrical Tree Growth under Square Wave Voltages with DC Bias

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Abstract

Electrical tree growth in epoxy resin under square waves superimposed with DC voltages is studied in this paper. Using the needle-plane configuration, a ±15 kV DC voltage superimposed on a 15 kV pk 50 Hz square wave was applied to grow electrical trees. A standard 50 Hz sinusoidal source was also used for comparison. A CCD camera imaged the electrical tree growth during testing and associated partial discharges were recorded. It was observed that the tree shape under 15 kV square-wave voltages combined with positive or negative 15 kV DC voltages are branch-like, whereas bush-branch trees grow under 15 kV bipolar square-wave voltages. Positive unipolar square-wave voltages resulted in faster growth than negative unipolar square waves. The different tree structures were also associated with distinct characteristic PD activity.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Dielectrics
PublisherIEEE
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022