Development of an integrated low-power RF partial discharge detector

P.C. Baker, B. Stephen, M.D. Judd, S.D.J. McArthur

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This paper presents the results from integrating a low-power partial discharge detector with a wireless sensor node designed for operating as part of an IEEE 802.15.4 sensor network, and applying an on-line classifier capable of classifying partial discharges in real-time. Such a system is of benefit to monitoring engineers as it provides a means to exploit the RF technique using a low-cost device while circumventing the need for any additional cabling associated with new condition monitoring systems. The detector uses a frequency-based technique to differentiate between multiple defects, and has been integrated with a SunSPOT wireless sensor node hosting an agent-based monitoring platform, which includes a data capture agent and rule induction agent trained using experimental data. The results of laboratory system verification are discussed, and the requirements for a fully robust and flexible system are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2009
Event2009 IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference, EIC 2009 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 31 May 20093 Jun 2009


Conference2009 IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference, EIC 2009
CityMontreal, QC


  • partial discharge detector
  • condition monitoring architectures
  • electrical insulation


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