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Calculating a health index for power transformers using a Subsystem-based GRNN Approach

Islam, M.M., Lee, G., Hettiwatte, S.N. and Williams, K. (2017) Calculating a health index for power transformers using a Subsystem-based GRNN Approach. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 33 (4). pp. 1903-1912.

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A power transformer is one of the most crucial items of equipment in the electricity supply chain. The reliability of this valuable asset is strongly dependent on the condition of its subsystems such as insulation, core, winding, bushings and tap changer. Integration of various measured parameters of these subsystems makes it possible to evaluate the overall health condition of an in-service transformer. This paper develops an artificially intelligent algorithm based on multiple General Regression Neural Networks (GRNN) to combine the operating condition of various subsystems of a transformer to form a quantitative health index (HI). The model is developed using a training set derived from four conditional boundaries based on IEEE standards, the literature and the knowledge of transformer experts. Performance of the proposed method is compared with expert classifications using a database of 345 power transformers. This shows that the proposed method is reliable and effective for condition assessment and is sensitive to poor condition of any single subsystem.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: IEEE
Copyright: © 2017 IEEE
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