Characterization of Silicone Oil used in HV Cable Sealing Ends

  • S Virtanen University of Southampton
  • G. Callender University of Southampton
  • T. Andritsch University of Southampton
  • J Pilgrim University of Southampton
  • D Wheatley University of Southampton
  • R Brown University of Southampton
  • G.J. Langley University of Southampton
  • O Cwikowski National Grid Electricity Transmission

Abstract

Existing polymeric cable sealing end (CSE) typically contain silicone oil as an insulating liquid between the cable core and the outside of the CSE. In recent years, a number of performance issues have been identified with silicone oil filled CSEs. To understand the reasons for the observed behavior of silicone oil, a range of characterization methods are reviewed, to allow investigation of the influence of moisture, potential chemical contaminants and the compatibility with CSE materials. The water content of all the oils studied was above the limit given in IEC 60836 (2015) for new silicone oil. There is no significant difference between the moisture content, whether the oil is used in CSE or new. Neither did the Fourier infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis show difference between the oils. Preliminary results from gas chromatography connected to mass spectrometer (GC/MS) clearly show structural differences between unused expired oil and new oil samples particularly that species suspected to be cyclic siloxane appear to be present in the expired sample.

Published
2019-08-05