An investigation into methods of modelling positive inhomogeneous-field breakdown and discharge process in SF6 with emphasis on the corona stabilisation phenomenon
Corona stabilisation is not a well understood phenomenon, consequently a rigorous theoretical description of how the merhanism operates does not exist. Furthermore, postulates on the prcJ'.tse physical processes that occur during corona stabilised breakdown are varied and conflicting. 1t was thus essential to develop a qualitative theory of how the mechanism operates around which a quantitative model could be constructed. To this aim, a detailed analysis of available modelling methods and empirical data from published works was carried out. This analysis together with additional finite elements modelling done as part of this work, leads to a proposed qualitative model which serves as a basis for a quantitative model developed to simulate corona stabilized breakdown from a fixed panicle defect. There is a favorable comparison between the predictions of the model and published measurements, thus imbuing optimism in the proposed method. The problem of measuring t: .;true charge deployed in a discharge is discussed and an experiment is designed to circumvent this problem.
dissertatic,11 submitted to the Faculty of Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Engineering, I.: Johannesburg, 1998