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Insulation Power Factor at Nominal Hertz (Hz)

02/19/2009 7:00 PM

Insulation power factor is usually used to test moisture/contaminants in the insulation. If the IPF test at nominal hz is done, would it show or imply a moisture/contamination in the insulation? Assume the result just barely passed at 0.5%pf, will this show much information?

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Re: Insulation Power Factor at Nominal Hertz (Hz)

02/20/2009 10:34 AM

It would but the magnitude would depend on the insulation materials, temperature, etc.

If you are dealing with oil-paper insulation such as in a condenser bushing, for example, at 25°C I would think the power (dissipation) factor should be about half that for one assemblied with properly dried paper and degassified oil.

The primary value of power factor measurements is comparison. That is, measure and record the power factor of new equipment when it is initially installed then periodically repeat those measurements under the same test conditions as the original measurements and compare the results. Those measurements will often allow one to recognize degradation and take action before the equipment fails.

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