Radiometer monitoring system for partial discharge detection in substation

Y. Zhang, J.M. Neto, D. Upton, A. Jaber, U. Khan, B. Saeed, H. Ahmed, P. Mather, R. Atkinson, J.S. Neto, M.F.Q. Vieira, P. Lazaridis, I.A. Glover

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Progress on the development of an insulation defect detection and location system using a partial discharge (PD) wireless sensor network (WSN) will be presented. Such a PD WSN based on intensity-only measurements has cost and scalability advantages over existing detection and location technologies based on time-difference-of-arrival measurements such as described in (I. E. Portugues, P. J. Moore, I. A. Glover, IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, 1, 2009, pp. 20–29). Figure 1 shows a hypothetical deployment of the PD WSN in an electricity substation. The (red) pentagram denotes a PD source, yellow circles and triangles denote sensor nodes, and the yellow St George's cross denotes the data collection/processing node. Each node of the WSN is a broadband radiometer with a measurement band of 50–800 MHz, Figure 2. Three measurement sub-bands allow the radiometer to distinguish different forms of PD; in particular internal PD and corona discharge. WirelessHart has been selected as the network communications technology since this offers improved reliability over other standards (e.g. Zigbee) in harsh industrial environments.
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Title of host publication2015 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference, URSI AT-RASC 2015
ISBN (Electronic)978-9-0900-8628-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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