Numeric description of space charge in polyethylene under ac electric fields

Zhao, Junwei, Xu, Zhiqiang, Chen, George and Lewin, Paul L (2010) Numeric description of space charge in polyethylene under ac electric fields Journal of Applied Physics, 108, (12), 124107-1 -124107-7.


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Space charge in polyethylene-based insulation materials and its effect on the local electric field under a dc environment have been extensively examined over the last few decades while the behavior of space charge under ac stress has received less attention. Space charge phenomenon under ac electric fields becomes an important issue with ncreased operating field strength in many applications, such as next generation high voltage ables. In this paper, a bipolar charge transport model has been developed to simulate space charge in polymers under ac electric fields. Obtained simulation results show that there is a small quantity of phase-dependent bipolar charge accumulation in the vicinity of the electrodes that does not move into the bulk under ac stress. This causes a slight distortion of the local field in the bulk. However, at lower frequencies less than 1 Hz, there is increased charge accumulation and penetration. Comparison with available experimental data suggests that the model is capable of describing the underlying physics of charge behavior when a dielectric material is subjected to ac electric fields. Due to the weak charge movement in the bulk, the conduction current density is small and hence the displacement component dominates the total current density and this increases linearly with ac frequency. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0021-8979 (print)
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, EEE
ePrint ID: 271861
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23 December 2010Published
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2011 16:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 18:05
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