Partial Discharge (PD) in Cables Lowering the Risk of

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					Partial Discharge (PD) in Cables: Lowering the
Risk of Unforeseen Cable Insulation Failures
This course provides a solid introduction to Partial Discharge (PD) in Distribution and Transmission
class cable systems. Following a brief review of the most predominant insulation aging mechanisms
and failure mechanisms, the course reviews PD theory, different PD test methodologies, limitations,
and the practical implementation framework of each test methodology. Several case studies will be

Course Outline:                                         Who Should Attend?
Module 1 – Insulation Aging                             The audience for this course includes:
    •   Aging Stresses                                  •   Utility and industrial maintenance
            a) Electric Aging                               engineers and technicians
            b) Thermal Aging
            c) Mechanical Aging                         •   Asset managers
            d) Environmental                            •   Third-party consultants
    •   Aging Mechanisms
            a) Electrical Trees (XLPE)
            b) Water Trees (XLPE)                       Key Benefits:
            c) Thermal/Mechanical (XLPE)                •   Description and detailed discussion of
                                                            test methodologies
Module 2 – Test Methodology                             •   Identify application framework for PD
    •   Testing Philosophy                                  testing of cables
    •   Electrical Tests                                •   Examples from field experience
            a) AC Hi-Pot Testing
            b) Partial Discharge Theory
                 o Insulation Science                   Price:
                 o Signal Propagation                   One day - $750.
                 o Signal Detection
                                                        Complimentary lunch & coffee breaks
                 o PD Testing
                 o PD Sensitivity Assessment            Instructor:
Module 3 – PD Testing                                                       Mark Fenger, P. Eng.
                                                                            Mark Fenger has over a
    •   Test Set-up and Equipment                                           decade of experience in
    •   Test Procedures                                                     diagnostic field testing
    •   Calibration/Sensitivity Assessment                                  and assessment of
    •   PD Monitors                                                         transmission class
    •   PD Interpretation                                                   cable. In addition to his
            a) Traditional PD Plots                                         field expertise, he is an
                                                                            active member of the
            b) Classification Plot
                                                                            IEEE and a regular
            c) Identification of PD Sources                                 contributor to many
            d) Interpretation Criteria                                      technical committees
                                                                            and conferences.
Module 4 – Case Studies
    •   Commissioning Testing
           a) Variable Frequency RTS                    Register now:
           b) AC Hi-Pot Testing
               o Set-up                                 On-line:
               o GIS                                    E-mail:
           c) Partial Discharge Testing                 Fax:     416.207.6532
    •   Maintenance Testing
           a) Partial Discharge
               o Cable Ranking                                   Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for
               o PD from a Cable System                          Professional Development hours
           b) Dielectric Spectroscopy