A Study of SiR/EPDM Mixtures for Outdoor Insulators

  • A. Sykaras Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • V. Rajini SSN College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Chennai, India
  • M. Danikas Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • R. Sarathi Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chennai, India
Keywords: SIR, EPDM, insulators, high voltage, polymeric


This paper deals with the flashover voltages on samples of silicone rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer (SiR/EPDM) mixtures under the influence of a uniform electric field. Five different mixtures of SiR/EPDM were investigated. Various SiR/EPDM mixtures (100% EPDM, 10% SiR + 90% EPDM, 30% SiR + 70% EPDM, 50% SiR + 50% EPDM, 70% SiR + 30% EPDM, 90% SiR + 10% EPDM, 100% SiR) were tested for different water droplet arrangements, different water conductivities, different droplet volumes as well as different droplet positioning w.r.t. the electrodes. The 50% SiR + 50% EPDM mixture proved to be the best mixture regarding the flashover voltage.


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