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Aging of Biodegradable Oils and Assessment of their Suitability for High Voltage Applications

Aging of Biodegradable Oils and Assessment of their Suitability for High Voltage Applications
Aging of Biodegradable Oils and Assessment of their Suitability for High Voltage Applications
In many items of high voltage plant, a mineral or synthetic oil is used in conjunction with paper as the dielectric medium. However, increasing awareness of the environmental impact of human activity and increasing disposal costs have encouraged researchers to direct their attention to renewable and biodegradable alternatives. Originally used in capacitors, vegetable oils are now finding widespread use in some transformer installations, particularly in the United States. Therefore, it seems prudent to begin systematic investigations of the aging behavior of a number of vegetable based oils and assess their potential for application in high voltage systems. A total of five food grade vegetable oils, an oil specifically formulated for high voltage applications (Envirotemp FR3) and dodecylbenzene (DDB) were aged at various temperatures in air. Their aging behavior was assessed by ultra-violet/visible, infrared and dielectric spectroscopies supplemented with measurements of viscosity. It was found that olive oil offered excellent resistance to aging (comparable to Envirotemp oil), rapeseed oil offered intermediate properties whereas corn and sunflower oil oxidized appreciably after aging. Despite being more prone to oxidation, all the vegetable oils offered dielectric properties which were better than dodecylbenzene and similar to mineral oil.
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Hosier, I. L.
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Hosier, I. L., Guushaa, A., Westenbrink, E. W., Rogers, C., Vaughan, A. S. and Swingler, S. G. (2011) Aging of Biodegradable Oils and Assessment of their Suitability for High Voltage Applications. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation, 18 (3), 728-738.

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In many items of high voltage plant, a mineral or synthetic oil is used in conjunction with paper as the dielectric medium. However, increasing awareness of the environmental impact of human activity and increasing disposal costs have encouraged researchers to direct their attention to renewable and biodegradable alternatives. Originally used in capacitors, vegetable oils are now finding widespread use in some transformer installations, particularly in the United States. Therefore, it seems prudent to begin systematic investigations of the aging behavior of a number of vegetable based oils and assess their potential for application in high voltage systems. A total of five food grade vegetable oils, an oil specifically formulated for high voltage applications (Envirotemp FR3) and dodecylbenzene (DDB) were aged at various temperatures in air. Their aging behavior was assessed by ultra-violet/visible, infrared and dielectric spectroscopies supplemented with measurements of viscosity. It was found that olive oil offered excellent resistance to aging (comparable to Envirotemp oil), rapeseed oil offered intermediate properties whereas corn and sunflower oil oxidized appreciably after aging. Despite being more prone to oxidation, all the vegetable oils offered dielectric properties which were better than dodecylbenzene and similar to mineral oil.

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Published date: July 2011
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, EEE

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Local EPrints ID: 272542
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272542
PURE UUID: c86a6637-0d86-4335-a6b0-52c0a50fc65e
ORCID for I. L. Hosier: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4365-9385
ORCID for A. S. Vaughan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0535-513X

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2011 17:14
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:54

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Author: I. L. Hosier ORCID iD
Author: A. Guushaa
Author: E. W. Westenbrink
Author: C. Rogers
Author: A. S. Vaughan ORCID iD
Author: S. G. Swingler

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