Frequency Domain Measurements for Diagnosis of Power Transformers: Experiences from Australia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and UK
Journal article, 2021

Power transformers and their performance and reliability in electric power networks are important research issues of power systems. Much information has already been collected and reported; however, it is rare to report comparisons of transformer service performance under different geographical locations and working conditions. CIGRE working group A2.37 collected information on 964 transformer failures from 58 utilities and 21 countries covering the period from 1996 to 2009. The main failure modes included failures in windings, tap changers, bushings, insulation, and core. As estimated, based on available literature, nearly 50% of the failures could be related to transformer windings and insulation. This collective paper summarizes experiences from the use of diagnostic tools based on frequency domain measurements at different geographical regions of the world. It starts with a short introduction to response measurements in frequency domain for condition assessment of transformers; then theoretical backgrounds of the two widely used response measurements, namely Frequency Dielectric Spectroscopy (FDS) and Frequency Response Analysis (FRA), are presented. Afterward details of tested transformers and measurement procedures are described for which selected set of FDS and FRA measurement results are analysed for respectively elucidating their potential in assessment of moisture content, ageing degree and fault identification.

condition assessment

mechanical fault

winding fault



frequency response analysis

frequency dielectric spectroscopy


Sarath Kumara

University of Peradeniya

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering

Shanika Matharage

University of Exeter

Chandima Ekanayake

University of Queensland

Kapila Bandara

Ceylon Electricity Board

Prasanna Wickramasuriya

Energy Queensland

Fairouz Yousuf

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

Manjula Fernando

University of Peradeniya

Zhongdong Wang

University of Exeter

University of Manchester

Stanislaw Gubanski

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering

CIGRE Science and Engineering

24261335 (eISSN)

Vol. 22 October 2021 1-26

Subject Categories

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

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