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Corrosion detection in steel reinforced aluminium conductor cables

Jaffrey, N. and Hettiwatte, S.N. (2014) Corrosion detection in steel reinforced aluminium conductor cables. In: Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC2014), 28 September - 1 October, Perth, Western Australia



Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced (ACSR) cables, as part of transmission lines, are used in severe environments in coastal areas and industrial zones for many years. These cables are affected by galvanic corrosion in the interface between the aluminum and steel strands. This paper investigates the existing methods of corrosion detection used in ACSR cables of overhead transmission lines, and estimates the location of corrosion through simulation in a computer program. The paper also analyses two promising methods of corrosion detection, namely “electromagnetic induction” and “time domain reflectometry (TDR)”, and explains in detail their principle of operation and efficiency. The paper then thoroughly investigates the time domain reflectometry techniques by implementing it in a computer program, and the simulation results are discussed.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
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