Identification of multiple partial discharge sources using acoustic emission technique and blind source separation Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2015

start page

  • 1663

end page

  • 1673


  • 3


  • 22

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1070-9878

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-4135


  • The goal of an automatic monitoring system of partial discharges (PDs), based on acoustic emission (AE) detection, is the identification of the type of source of PD and its localization. In the event that multiple deterioration processes are present in the electrical equipment, more than one PD source may be active and their AE signals may overlap on the sensors. This overlapping effect modifies the temporal and frequency characteristics of the measured signals compared to the characteristics of the signals from a single PD source and thus, automatic classification becomes very difficult. In this paper we have proposed applying blind signal separation (BSS) techniques to recover the signals from each source, therefore separating each temporal and frequency characteristic. We have tested the proposed algorithm: firstly using synthetic mixed signals from two types of PD sources and secondly using real signals from a test bench specifically designed to control the position, time and amplitude of the AEs.


  • partial discharge; acoustic emission; blind signal separation; wavelet transform; on-site pd measurement