Multiple Partial Discharge Source Localization in Power Cables through Power Spectral Separation and Time-Domain Reflectometry Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2019

start page

  • 4703

end page

  • 4711


  • 12


  • 68

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9456

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9662


  • Insulated power cables are becoming increasingly popular in today's developing distribution and transportation networks. However, due to aging, deterioration, and various operational and environmental stresses, insulation defects may appear and so the cable needs to be monitored in a timely manner to avoid unexpected failures. Many of these defects are responsible for partial discharge (PD) activity. The localization of the sources of these discharges is a highly decisive facet in the condition-based monitoring of power cables. The techniques for the localization of single-PD defects in insulated power cables are well presented in the current bibliography. However, when several simultaneous PD sources are active, the localization of the sources becomes quite complex. This paper develops an efficient technique for the separation and localization of multiple PD sources in a medium voltage cable. The experimental results are obtained with single-end-based measurements using a high-frequency current transformer in a laboratory environment. The data processing based on the spectral characteristics of the signals is carried out by using the power ratios technique in order to determine the presence of different types of PD. Once the signals are separated, the PD sources can be localized with an individualized analysis of each source through time-domain reflectometry. The proposed methodology can be very valuable to improve the location diagnostic capability of the condition-based monitoring solutions, especially for underground cables.


  • Electronics


  • condition monitoring; partial discharges (pds); particle swarm optimization (pso); power cables; signal characterization; signal propagation; spectral power ratios (prs); time-domain reflectometry (tdr)