Electrical Treeing Behavior of DC and Thermally Aged Polyethylenes Utilizing Wire-Plane Electrode Geometries
Journal article, 2014

This paper presents electrical treeing behavior in low density polyethylene (LDPE) and cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) after exposure to thermal and DC electro-thermal ageing. Both the ageing and the treeing tests were performed by means of two different types of test objects with wire-plane electrode geometry. One type of the tested objects contained only wire electrode of 10 µm diameter, whereas in the other type the wire electrode was attached through a semiconducting tab. The ageing was performed at 80°C with and without 10 kV DC voltage of both polarities connected to the wire and lasted up to 800 hours. The AC electrical treeing tests were applied afterwards for detecting changes of material properties after the ageing. The results showed that the electrical tree inception voltage consistently decreased with increasing time of thermal exposure, whereas the applied DC electric stress had a negligible effect on the observed behavior. Similar effects were found in both the tested materials (LDPE and XLPE) though the object type also influenced the results. For the objects with semiconducting tab, a higher level of the scale parameter was registered because of shielding effect of the tab on the electric field strength at the wire electrode. It also yielded less number of trees growing in parallel at the electrode. The dominant effect of thermal stress on the ageing of LDPE was elucidated by using various analytical techniques, like differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry and oxidation induction time, and it is believed to mainly affect antioxidant content in the test objects.

LDPE

wire-plane electrode geometries

ageing

XLPE

Weibull statistics

Electrical treeing

Author

Xiangrong Chen

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Adrian Razvan Mantsch

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Libin Hu

Stanislaw Gubanski

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Jörgen Blennow

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, High Voltage Engineering

Carl-Olof Olsson

IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation

1070-9878 (ISSN)

Vol. 21 1 42-52

Areas of Advance

Energy

Materials Science

Subject Categories

Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

DOI

10.1109/TDEI.2013.004108

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Created

10/8/2017