Gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) testing

Gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) is very compact and therefore represents a space-saving alternative to classic air-insulated installations. The low insulation distances are guaranteed by the high dielectric strength of the sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas. A perfect condition of the insulation is essential for ensuring a reliable operation of GIS. The characteristics of the SF6 gas also allow the extinction of arcs which can occur during disconnection of live contacts.

During manufacture, operation or when maintenance work is performed, the surfaces of conductors can be soiled or potentially damaged. This has a negative influence on their insulation behavior, which can then be diagnosed by partial discharge measurements.

When commissioning GIS, it is also necessary to perform a voltage withstand test in line with the standards (IEC 62271-203). To this end, we have developed a testing system with which you can demonstrate that the quality of the insulation matches the rated voltage.

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