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Master lecture series: High voltage cable system

Wide introduction in technical and scientific aspects

The course is aimed to introduce and discuss technical and scientific aspects of the various high voltage cable systems. This involves design and manufacturing of cables, cable insulation material, electric and magnetic field distribution, cable bonding, concerns related to cable termination and cable joints, diagnostics and monitoring, failure modes of the cable systems, and cable testing.

The course starts with an introduction to cable systems, their evolution, and current state of the art. Various cables used in practice (e.g. land cables, submarine cables, superconducting cables), the insulation material and their properties will be discussed. An overview of the cable manufacturing process is given. Gas Insulated transmission line (GIL), as an alternative for cable systems, will be overviewed. Technical and economic comparison between the two options will be made.

Study goals

  • To know the position of cables in electric transmission grids.
  • To be able to describe each cable insulation, semiconducting and conducting materials and the manufacturing process of each type of cable.
  • To be able to calculate electric, magnetic and thermal characteristics of a cable.
  • To be able to calculate cable parameters.
  • To know the principal of wave propagation through cables
  • To know different cable bonding techniques and their consequences.
  • To be able to recall different cable testing and their purpose.
  • To know the diagnostics techniques used for cable monitoring.
  • To know the most important failure modes of cable systems and how to evaluate remaining lifetime of a cable system
  • To be able to evaluate electric field distribution for a cable joint or termination using a FEM model

Education method

The course consists of three parts, i.e. lectures, computer modeling session and laboratory demonstration.

Literature and study materials

The following references will be used to construct the material of the course. Handout will be given after each session:
  1. Extruded cables for high-voltage direct-current transmission, Giovanni Mazzanti, et al.
  2. Cable system transients, Akihiro Ametani, et al
  3. Application of high temperature superconductor to electric power equipment, Swarn singh kalsi
  4. Condition Assessment of High Voltage Insulation in Power System Equipment, R.E. James and Q. Su
  5. Power and communication cables, R. Bartnikas, et al
  6. Rating of electric power cables in unfavorable thermal environment, George J. Anders.
  7. Charges and discharges in HVDC cables, Marc Jeroense
  8. Electrical Power Cable Engineering, William A. Thue
  9. Electromagnetic transients in power cables, Filipe Faria, et al
  10. Submarine power cables, Thomas Worzyk
  11. Power cables, KEMA
  12. Power cable engineerirng, Nexans

This master lecture series is open to participants PAO Techniek en Management. Regular students of the TU will attend the lecture series too. The lectures will be taught in English.

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  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. Dr. M. Ghaffarian Niasar (TU Delft Faculteit Elektrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica (EWI)), Dhr. Prof.dr. R. Ross PhD (TU Delft Faculteit Elektrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica (EWI))
    Course data: February - March 2024
    Location: Delft
    TU Delft
    Price: € 1,725.00 ex. vat
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program
    • Modeling of electric, magnetic, and thermal behavior of cable systems by means of circuit and FEM models.
    • Concerns related to cable joint and termination, as well as development of a FEM model for electric field simulation within cable terminations and joints.
    • Wave propagation in cables, cable bonding methods and cable installation
    • Calculation of cable parameters.
    • Partial discharge measurement and diagnostics and monitoring techniques used for cable systems.
    • Aging mechanisms and life time evaluation of cables and cable systems.
    • Failure modes of cable systems and cable testing procedures.
    • Additional construction elements (mechanical issues, watertight, pulling facilities, …).