Case Study about the Energy Absorption Capacity of Metal Oxide Varistors with Thermal Coupling
AbstractMetal oxide varistors are applied today inside modern surge arresters for overvoltage protection for all voltage levels. Their main issue is the thermal activation of their crossing current, which could lead to complete destruction by thermal runaway. This article presents a new technological solution developed in order to increase the thermal stability of metal oxide varistors. It consists in connecting in parallel two or more similar varistors (for dividing their current), having a thermal coupling between them (for equalizing their temperatures and forcing them to act together and simultaneously as much as possible). Starting from a finite element computer model performed for each situation (varistor standalone or parallel), up to real measurements, the thermal stability of the equipment was analyzed in permanent and impulse regime. Experiments were carried out in the same conditions. Experimental data obtain from two disk varistors corresponds very well to simulations, proving that parallel connection of varistors, combined with a thermal exchange between them is an efficient technical solution for thermal stability improvement, even if not apparently economically justified. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Frigura-Iliasa, F.M.; Musuroi, S.; Sorandaru, C.; Vatau, D. Case Study about the Energy Absorption Capacity of Metal Oxide Varistors with Thermal Coupling. Energies 2019, 12, 536.
Frigura-Iliasa FM, Musuroi S, Sorandaru C, Vatau D. Case Study about the Energy Absorption Capacity of Metal Oxide Varistors with Thermal Coupling. Energies. 2019; 12(3):536.Chicago/Turabian Style
Frigura-Iliasa, Flaviu M.; Musuroi, Sorin; Sorandaru, Ciprian; Vatau, Doru. 2019. "Case Study about the Energy Absorption Capacity of Metal Oxide Varistors with Thermal Coupling." Energies 12, no. 3: 536.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.