Electrical Performance of Polymer Housed Zinc Oxide Arresters Under Contaminated Conditions

Vikrant Chaudhry, Ravi Gorur, Michael S. Dyer, Rao Thallam

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The electrical performance of polymer housed zinc oxide distribution arresters has been investigated in a fog chamber. Two types of housing materials, namely, copolymers of ethylene and propylene (commonly known as EPM rubber) and terpolymers of ethylene propylene and diene (commonly known as EPDM rubber), both containing alumina trihydrate (ATH) filler, have been examined. It has been demonstrated that under relatively low (250 µS/cm) and moderate (1000 to 2000 µS/cm) fog conductivity, degradation in the form of tracking and erosion of the housing occurs. on some housings, degradation is dominant in the region of the mold line and is due to nonuniformity in filler dispersion. The electric field has been computed and a few electrode modifications to improve the surface electric field distribution are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)696-705
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1991


  • EPDM
  • EPM
  • dry band arcing
  • polymer housing
  • tracking and erosion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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