Project Description

Composite Suspension Insulator: 15kV Suspension

Application of Composite Insulator:

As an alternative to ceramics, composite materials were developed for use in insulators for transmission systems. Such composite insulators are also referred to as non-ceramic insulators (NCI) or polymer insulators, and usually employ insulator housings made of materials such as ethylene propylene rubber (EPR), polytetro fluoro ethylene (PTFE), silicone rubber, or other similar materials.

Compared with the conventional insulators manufactured homogeneously from the material ceramic or glass, composite insulators consist of two components of different materials.

A number of composite insulators made from lighter weight polymeric materials have been developed for use in such high voltage installations. Such composite insulators generally include a fiberglass rod having a number of weather sheds constructed of a highly insulating polymeric material attached to the rod along its length. Composite insulators including shield layers of a synthetic material are given preference mainly because the shield layer of a synthetic material, particularly silicone, is hydrophobic, i.e. the insulators employed mostly outdoors are highly water repellant which is conducive to repelling dirt and thus to low leakage current losses. And also, this is a lightweight structure which facilitates assembly.