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Reference Number EP/G028397/1
Title Knowledge Discovery from On-line Cable Condition Monitoring Systems - Insulation Degradation and Aging Diagnostics
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr C Zhou
No email address given
Engineering and Computing
Glasgow Caledonian University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 04 February 2009
End Date 02 August 2012
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £275,044
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr C Zhou , Engineering and Computing, Glasgow Caledonian University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr DM Hepburn , Engineering Science and Design, Glasgow Caledonian University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ipec Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Prysmian Cables and Systems Limited (0.000%)
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Objectives linked to grant EP/G029210/1
Abstract This proposal involves collaborative research between academics at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the University of Strathclyde (UoS). The primary aim of the project is to apply a cross-disciplinary approach to address the problem of acquiring essential information for diagnostics of on-line condition monitoring of cable insulation on the basis of partial discharge (PD) activity. This will be achieved by developing modern data mining techniques to acquire knowledge directly from on-line, data rich, condition monitoring systems. Analysis of on-line information from applied systems will be supported and validated through extensive, dedicated experiments carried out both in the laboratory environment as well as in practical power distribution systems. Failures in the power distribution network are costly to the operators and they are also a serious issue for consumers, who experience power cuts and disruption to their business and social activities during repairs. If techniques for establishing scientifically the condition of cable insulation and its performance are not developed, similar disruption and excessive cost can result from unnecessary replacement of cable assetson the basis of planned maintenance based purely on age. This proposed research programme will build on three areas in which the investigators have internationally recognised expertise: firstly, measuring and discriminating signal characteristics from high power plant, secondly, determining degradation in oil/paper insulation systems and, thirdly, applying software to determine knowledge entrained in raw data. This programme of research will significantly benefit from the knowledge gained from two recently funded EPSRC projects at GCU and UoS (EP/D048133 and GR/86760) as well as recently completed industrially funded projects. In addition to the academic strengths of the proposers, a very substantial industrial contribution is being provided by EDF Energy: a 30,000 direct cash injectionand strong in-kind contribution, i.e. cable samples, unlimited access to data from its on-line condition monitoring systems and to fault/condition reports from its replacement programme as well as access to practical expertise of its staff. Further support from Cable manufacturing company Prysmian Cables and Systems Limited (20,000 in kind), Dow Chemical and PD based condition monitoring equipmentprovider IPEC Ltd (8,000 in-kind) will ensure breadth of validity of the research and broadenthe scope of the project by investigating a range of plant types and set-ups and to ensure more general applicability of the research
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