Close accord on partial discharge diagnosis during voltage harmonics in electric motors fed by variable frequency drives

HASSAN, Waqar, AKMAL, Muhammad, HUSSAIN, Ghulam Amjad, RAZA, Ali and SHAFIQ, Muhammad (2023). Close accord on partial discharge diagnosis during voltage harmonics in electric motors fed by variable frequency drives. IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution.

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Partial discharge (PD) diagnostics test is a reliable solution for estimating insulation health conditions in power system components. During laboratory PD diagnostics, the effect of harmonic components in the voltage waveform generated by variable frequency drives (VFD) fed electric motors (EMs) is often overlooked. As VFD-fed EMs operate at low speeds, the harmonic concentration in the voltage increases. It has been found that PD activity in VFD-fed EM is significantly affected by the addition of harmonic components in the voltage, thus making it necessary to consider their impact when performing true PD diagnostics. This paper investigates the influence of voltage harmonic distortion produced in VFD-fed EM on PD severity and the subsequent insulation degradation. Eight VFD-fed EM are used to study the PD behaviour under different levels of harmonic pollution. The PD characteristics, such as inception voltage, pulse repetition rate, accumulated apparent charge, average discharge current, discharge power, and quadratic rate, are determined. Using probability distribution functions, PD activity and severity at various voltage harmonic levels are estimated. The proposed technique can be used to plan the maintenance activities that ensure the reliability for industrial applications dealing with the voltage harmonic distortion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Energy; 4008 Electrical engineering; 4009 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2024 10:42
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 11:56

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