Electrostatic and electrodynamic field analyses of 33kV line insulators

Ibrahim A. Metwally*, Md Abdus Salam, Ali Al-Maqrashi, Saif A.R. Sumry, Saif S.H. Al-Harthy

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Electrostatic and electrodynamic field analyses of 33kV line insulators were introduced to compare the electric-field and the current density profiles of commonly used line insulators in Oman; namely, silicone rubber (SiR) and porcelain line post insulators, and porcelain cap and pin insulator string. SLIM software package was used for such simulation, which is a fully integrated collection of software modules that provides facilities for the generation and solution of electro-magnetic finite element models. The simulation results reveal that for the electrostatic simulation under pollution conditions, SiR and porcelain line-post insulators give maximum values of the electric field of 360kV/m and 1700kWm, respectively. The latter value exceeds the recommended electric field level of 500kV/m. For the electrodynamic simulation under pollution conditions, the electric field and the current density are much higher for porcelain insulator compared to those of SiR insulator. The simulation of four cap-pin standard insulator string reveals that there is high electric field (1250kV/m) at the cap-insulator gap which can cause high current density for polluted case. Finally, the trend of the simulation results has been verified by experimental tests, which has been conducted on different 33kV line insulators having different designs and materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • AC flashover voltage
  • Current density
  • Electric field
  • Electrodynamic modeling
  • Electrostatic modeling
  • Leakage current
  • Line insulators
  • Pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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