What is it about?
Electrical trees are degraded paths in polymeric insulation and are the mechanism of electrical failure of high voltage insulation systems. Previous studies have confirmed the application of X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) imaging of electrical trees using phase contrast enhancement. This work evaluates the feasibility of X-ray imaging of electrical trees to measure growth at several stages of growth in the same treeing sample. The impact of x-ray dose on the epoxy resin studied is determined experimentally. An example of multi-stage tree imaging using laboratory micro-XCT and reconstructed renderings is provided. Based on the three-dimensional tree models, characteristics such as the degraded volume and surface area can he quantified. Furthermore, a comparison between two stages is presented to show the growth of the electrical tree in a fixed period of time. Insight into the treeing characteristics is also discussed.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Philip J Withers