Comparative study of space charge in aged low-density polyethylene and crosslinked polyethylene

Lanca, M. C., E. R. Neagu, J. N. Marat-Mendes, and Ieee, Comparative study of space charge in aged low-density polyethylene and crosslinked polyethylene, , pp. 209-212, 2004.


Polyethylene is one of the most widely used polymeric insulators in medium and high voltage power cables. However the importance of space charge distribution and its influence on the electrical aging in this polymer is not fully understood. The very good insulating properties of the material implying very long relaxation times (few days and even longer are usual) and low currents (few pA or below) make individual measurements of isothermal charge/discharge currents and thermostimulated currents difficult to analyze and reproduce. A single type of measurements does not take into account the space charge that remains trapped for long times. A combined procedure of isothermal and non-isothermal current measurements developed for high insulating polymers was used for low density polyethylene (LDPE) and crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) films electrically aged. The press-molded LDPE and XLPE films were electrically aged under similar conditions using an AC electric field while immersed in a sodium chloride aqueous solution at constant temperature (electro-thermal aging). The use of the combined procedure for current measurement allowed obtaining information about space charge traps, activation energies and relaxation times for both LDPE and XLPE. This data was used to compare electrical aging under similar conditions for the two types of polyethylene.


8th IEEE International Conference on Solid Dielectrics JUL 05-09, 2004 Toulouse, FRANCE

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