Surface discharge mechanism on epoxy resin in electronegative gases and its application

Herie Park, Dong Young Lim, Sungwoo Bae

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This study presents the surface discharge characteristics of insulating gases, including sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), dry air, and N2, under a non-uniform field. Surface discharge experiments were conducted, with the gas pressure ranging from 0.1 to 0.6 MPa, on samples of epoxy dielectrics under an AC voltage. The experimental results showed that the surface insulation performance significantly improved in insulating gases possessing electronegative gases, such as SF6 and dry air. Surface flashover voltages of SF6 were saturated with an increasing pressure, compared to dry air and N2. The surface discharge mechanism is proposed to explain the improvement and saturation of dielectric characteristics of the electronegative gas in complex dielectric insulations, as well as its influence on the surface flashover voltage. As an application, an insulation design method is discussed with regards to replacing SF6 gas in high-voltage power equipment based on the knowledge of the physics behind gas discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6673
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number19
StatePublished - 2020 Oct 1


  • Electronegative gas
  • Epoxy resin
  • High-voltage power equipment
  • Surface discharge

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