J. Phys. III France
Volume 3, Numéro 6, June 1993
Page(s) 1083 - 1091
DOI: 10.1051/jp3:1993184
J. Phys. III France 3 (1993) 1083-1091

Breakdown phenomenon in insulators of submarine power cables

D. Malec and R. Essolbi

Laboratoire de Génie Electrique (CNRS UA 304), Université Paul Sabatier, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex, France

(Received 25 May 1992, revised 19 February 1993, accepted 16 March 1993)

Dielectric characteristics of polyethylenes used for the cable insulation under submarine working conditions (temperature and pressure) have been investigated by the authors. From experimental results, a modelling of the short time breakdown was proposed by numerically solving the fundamental heat balance equation. Electromechanical effect has been also taken into account in this model. Theoretical results are in good agreement with observed data.

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