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An Investigation of thermal Ratings for High Voltage Cable Crossings Through the Use of 3D Finite Element Analysis

An Investigation of thermal Ratings for High Voltage Cable Crossings Through the Use of 3D Finite Element Analysis
An Investigation of thermal Ratings for High Voltage Cable Crossings Through the Use of 3D Finite Element Analysis
With the growing complexity of underground cable systems, cable crossings are inevitably found in urban areas in power distribution systems or sometimes even in transmission systems. It is critical to accurately rate such cables because dangerously high temperatures can occur at crossing points, resulting in premature aging of cable insulation and potentially cable failures. The only existing explicit method for rating cable crossings is IEC 60287 [1], which is analytical and makes a number of simplifying assumptions like constant surrounding ambient conditions. With improvements in computational power, 3D models based on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) become viable for rating crossing cables. This provides an alternative method to assess these problems using a more detailed cable representation and realistic environmental modelling. In addition, it allows the accuracy of the existing analytical method to be assessed. With the eventual aim of examining the accuracy of IEC 60287 for rating cable crossings, FEA models have been developed to allow a detailed comparison to the analytical calculation. Due to the complexity of the crossing structure, firstly two 400kV single XLPE cables crossing at right angles have been modelled. A sensitivity analysis on model parameters (for instance buried depth, cable spacing, crossing angle and cable length) has been conducted and compared against IEC 60287 to gain confidence of the modelling process. By extension of the modelling techniques developed for the single cables crossing case, a 3D FEA model of two directly buried three-phase cable circuits crossing has been created. Each circuit is horizontal in flat formation and the model is solved for various crossing angles and vertical spacings. The results of IEC 60287 is are compared against 3D FEA model with various ground boundary conditions and temperature-dependent ac conductor resistance, both of which have been suggested in previous work as main reasons accounting for the conservatism of the analytical method [2][3].
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Huang, Z Y, Pilgrim, J A and Lewin, P L (2012) An Investigation of thermal Ratings for High Voltage Cable Crossings Through the Use of 3D Finite Element Analysis. The Fifth UHVnet Colloquium, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom. 18 - 19 Jan 2012. p. 32 .

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With the growing complexity of underground cable systems, cable crossings are inevitably found in urban areas in power distribution systems or sometimes even in transmission systems. It is critical to accurately rate such cables because dangerously high temperatures can occur at crossing points, resulting in premature aging of cable insulation and potentially cable failures. The only existing explicit method for rating cable crossings is IEC 60287 [1], which is analytical and makes a number of simplifying assumptions like constant surrounding ambient conditions. With improvements in computational power, 3D models based on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) become viable for rating crossing cables. This provides an alternative method to assess these problems using a more detailed cable representation and realistic environmental modelling. In addition, it allows the accuracy of the existing analytical method to be assessed. With the eventual aim of examining the accuracy of IEC 60287 for rating cable crossings, FEA models have been developed to allow a detailed comparison to the analytical calculation. Due to the complexity of the crossing structure, firstly two 400kV single XLPE cables crossing at right angles have been modelled. A sensitivity analysis on model parameters (for instance buried depth, cable spacing, crossing angle and cable length) has been conducted and compared against IEC 60287 to gain confidence of the modelling process. By extension of the modelling techniques developed for the single cables crossing case, a 3D FEA model of two directly buried three-phase cable circuits crossing has been created. Each circuit is horizontal in flat formation and the model is solved for various crossing angles and vertical spacings. The results of IEC 60287 is are compared against 3D FEA model with various ground boundary conditions and temperature-dependent ac conductor resistance, both of which have been suggested in previous work as main reasons accounting for the conservatism of the analytical method [2][3].

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Published date: 18 January 2012
Additional Information: Event Dates: 18-19 January 2012
Venue - Dates: The Fifth UHVnet Colloquium, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, 2012-01-18 - 2012-01-19
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, EEE

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Local EPrints ID: 273128
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/273128
PURE UUID: b814122d-661d-4128-8db6-c6bd3a6342d7
ORCID for J A Pilgrim: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2444-2116

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Date deposited: 20 Jan 2012 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 07:42

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