Algorithm to predict dry-band arcing in fiber-optic cables

George G. Karady, Srinivasan Devarajan

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Utilities frequently use ADSS (All Dielectric Self-Supporting) fiber-optic cables installed on transmission lines 3-6 m below the high voltage conductors. Dry-band arcing occurs on the fiber-optic cables when the cables are polluted and wet. This has been assumed to cause cable failures. An equivalent circuit has been developed to represent the polluted fiber-optic cable in the high voltage environment. The objective of this paper is to present a novel numerical method that can be used to predict dry-band arcing in the fiber-optic cables. KCL (Kirchoffs Current Law) is used to derive node point equations for the equivalent circuit. Forward elimination and backward substitution of node voltage is used to solve the equations. The effect of pollution, tower arrangement, and conductor sag is analyzed. The numerical method has speed advantages over circuit simulation methods. This method includes conductor sag, non uniform pollution, and variable capacitance. This algorithm can be used to predict dry band arcing in fiber-optic cables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-291
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001


  • ADSS
  • Circuit simulation
  • Dry-band arcing
  • Optical fiber cables
  • Power transmission lines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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