Sub-cooled liquid nitrogen (LN2) condition is a very useful method to increase the current rating capacity of YBCO tapes. Thus, the lightning impulse dielectric characteristics of sub-cooled (LN2) condition should be investigated for designing high voltage superconducting machines. The sphere-plane electrode systems were used to simulate the internal structure of high voltage superconducting machines such as superconducting fault current limiters. The lightning impulse dielectric tests on saturated and sub-cooled (LN2) condition were carried out by using the sphere-plane electrode systems. In addition, a quasi-uniform electric field distribution between the sphere-plane electrodes was calculated by the finite element method (FEM) simulation tool. The field utilization factor was calculated by the FEM simulation results. The lightning impulse breakdown voltage of various geometrical configurations between the sphere-plane electrodes in sub-cooled conditions was compared with that of in saturated condition. Finally, the lightning impulse breakdown voltage with 50% probability and its relations with the utilization factor have been described in this paper.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Manuscript received August 03, 2010; accepted December 29, 2010. Date of publication February 17, 2011; date of current version May 27, 2011. This work was supported by National Research Laboratory Program through the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (R0A-2007-000-20063-0).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering