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Novel Method for Electric Field Calculation Considering the Thickness of Contaminant Layer on the Surface of Composite Insulator
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Pages: 77-84
Year: Issue:  10
Journal: Transactions of China Electrotechnical Society

Keyword:  Insulatormatrixpixel unitimage processingfinite element method;
Abstract: To study the mechanism of composite insulator pollution flashover, electric field analysis of the polluted composite insulators is required. However, the thickness of the contamination layer is only a fraction of millimeter that is much smaller than the size of insulator itself. Consequently, neither the finite element method nor boundary element method can solve such field problems with multiple scales at present. Therefore, This paper proposes a new method to calculate the surface electric field of polluted insulator based on the digital image processing. First, binary image processing is applied to the image of insulator with size m×n, and regional meshing is realized at each the pixel unit. Meanwhile, a mathematical model of impedance is established based on pixel unit. Then the node admittance matrix of size(m×n)×(m×n) is formed. The distribution of surface electric field of polluted insulator is calculated by electrical network analysis using node voltage method. The example shows that, compared with the existing algorithms, this method has significant advantages and improved effectiveness for modeling filthy layer which revealed contamination mechanism of composite insulator surface flashover, corona discharge, etc.
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