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Suspension Insulator Strings

Suspension Insulator Strings

Suspension Insulator Strings


For Station Post Insulators the deciding parameter is always the applicable BIL value.

But for Suspension type insulators (Specially for polymer insulator strings) manufacturers specify various parameters such as Dry/ Wet flash over and Critical Impulse Flash Over (CIFO-Pos & Neg) values for the string for the SAME SYSTEM VOLTAGE.(BIL is not normally specified)

What is the selecting criteria for these strings for a given voltage?

RE: Suspension Insulator Strings

Critical Impulse Flashover is the number to look at for lightning performance.  It is roughly comparable to BIL of substation insulators.  Creepage distance is the number to look for for insulator contamination perfomance.

RE: Suspension Insulator Strings

Hmmm... I don't remember off hand how I've chosen insulators, but I'd say that all the flash overs should be >= your required BIL.  As jghrist points out, BIL isn't always the deciding parameter.  On my system, the creep or leakage distance is what has always been the ruling factor - if I have enough creep, the BIL is always way over my minimum BIL requirement.


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