Analysis of the Electric Field and the Potential Distribution in Cavities Inside Solid Insulating Electrical Materials

T. Seghir[1], D. Mahi[1],T. Lebey[2], and D. Malec[2]
[1] Materials Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Institute, Amar Thelidji University of Laghouat, Algeria
[2] Electrical Engineering Laboratory, University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse

Solid extruded polymeric materials such as crosslinked polyethylene are widely used in the electrical insulation of underground high voltage power transmission cables.

This paper treats the combined effect of space charge and cavities, on the electric field, and potential and temperature distribution within the insulation. The model is a 3D stationary linear COMSOL Multiphysics model and the values of the magnitudes in the cavities are calculated, enabling us to envisage if partial discharges appear in the weaker parts.