Helicopter Mounted Partial Discharge Detection
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
High Voltage Technology
The University of Strathclyde and the spin off company Elimpus have developed ground based systems for locational detection of Partial Discharges (PD) using time of flight systems. One of these utilises an array of aerials contained within a van mounted roof box; a size compatible with the aerial separation that might be achieved between the skids of a typical Jet Ranger or Squirrel helicopter employed by DNOs for Overhead Line (OHL) patrols. The design of a system that could be mounted to a Squirrel helicopter and function sufficiently well was to be achieved.
The project aims to facilitate the detection of incipient faults using PD location equipment mounted on a helicopter.