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Conceptual Questions No.4 - Partial Discharge and odd harmonics
Is there any link between Odd Harmonics causing Partial Discharge in Medium/High Voltage ( in this case 15 KV ) Cast Resin Current Transfomers , Voltage Transfomers or Power Transformers.
Author : Shane Alfonso - From: South African
Wed, September 2nd, 2009 - 16:24
In partial discharge phenomenon; because the grading material is non-linear it is expected that the current in the grading is significantly non-sinusoidal, containing higher harmonics as well as the fundamental component. Since the material can reasonably be taken to have properties independent of the polarity of the voltage, the current waveform must have positive and negative parts that are simply negations of each other. According to basic Fourier analysis in this situation (equalizing of positive and negative portion of periodic variation signal) the odd harmonics are therefore the only expected components of the harmonic spectrum, and this was confirmed by the measurements. 
Author : Hamid - From: Iran
Wed, September 2nd, 2009 - 16:28
Partial dischage is a claer cut function of Voltage Stress in insulation .
The harmonics have a single point major effect  , that it makes the waveshape PEAKY which can cause additional voltage stress in the insulation causing increase in Partiual Discharge .

This pheniomena is not so relevent to power transformer . The phenomena could be  more pertinent in Dry type trasformer because the insulation system ( epoxy casting or resin impregnation )of the Dry type trfr are normally not free from voids . The  breakdown voltage across the voids can be easily crossed with minor increase in volatge stress causing more PD .
Author : R K Mohapatra - From: India
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