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Reference Number NIA_NGTO032
Title Novel O-Ring Designs (NORD)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2019
End Date 31 July 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £392,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGTO032
Objectives This project will investigate the performance of different O-ring seal topologies, for a range of bushings and CSEs. The structure and performance of these O-ring designs will be investigated to understand how they operate and how their performance might degrade overtime. Ageing mechanisms such as mechanical & thermal degradation, elastic creepage, and chemical interactions will all be investigated. Once the ageing mechanisms have been reviewed and critical ones identified, a suitable synthetic test environment will be developed to test the performance. This synthetic test environment will be used to classify the performance of different O-ring designs.Once the existing O-rings designs have been understood and benchmarked, novel O-ring materials and designs will be investigated for these applications. This project will investigate: 1 - Review of current designs, materials and existing relevant technology2 - Characterise existing O-rings topologies3 - Develop a testing methodology and test seals under representative conditions.4 - Development of finite element model and its use to investigate seal performance.5 - Investigate the potential for the use of new materials and assessment of improved designs The objectives of the project include:1 - To understand the performance and degradation of O-ring seals used in transformer bushings and CSEs.2 - Develop a synthetic test environment to test O-rings, which replicates the in-service environment.3 - Assess the application of novel materials for use in O-ring seals for bushings and CSEs.
Abstract Moisture ingress is a life limiting factor for many assets, due to the degrading nature that water has on the performance of electrical insulators. For oil filled assets, moisture can result in degradation processes being accelerated. This ultimately results in assets being replaced sooner in their lives, or requires that maintenance activities must take place sooner. Replacing an asset sooner in its life, results in the consumer paying more for non-load related works, while an increase in the maintenance activities increases the Whole Live Cost(WLC) of assets.National Grid ET (NGET) has identified several families of bushings and Cable Sealing End (CSE) which are thought to have problems with moisture ingress. Many types of bushing and CSE use O-rings to prevent moisture ingress; however different designs appear to be more successful at keeping moisture out than others.NGET also has evidence that moisture will naturally creep into these assets over time; based on existing data that shows a linear increase in moisture with the age of asset. As there are critical thresholds for bushings and CSEs in terms of the maximum moisture levels, understanding the performance of these seals and when these thresholds are likely to be exceeded is essential to effective condition based management of these assets.
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