Effect of the thickness on the water mobility inside transformer cellulosic insulation Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2016

start page

  • 955

end page

  • 962


  • 3


  • 31

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-8977

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1937-4208


  • Traditionally, water mobility inside the cellulosic insulation, as those used in power transformers, has been modeled using the so-called Fick's diffusion theory, considering that the water movement in this porous material only depends on local conditions, such as temperature and moisture concentration. However, recent experimental works have demonstrated that the moisture movement inside the cellulose insulation could be also influenced by a global condition, that is, the insulation's thickness. In this paper, the influence of the insulation thickness in the mobility of moisture inside the cellulosic materials, such as Kraft paper and pressboard, is analyzed. In addition, the improvement in moisture dynamics estimation obtained when this variable is included into the diffusion models has been proved.


  • cellulose insulation; moisture diffusion coefficient; power transformers; air; banana; paper