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Krystian Leonard Chrzan

AbstractThe leakage current measurements on standard post insulators and on rod insulators without sheds were carried out. The porcelain and silicone rubber insulators were tested at theGlogow station under the voltage of 75 kV. It was shown that the currents on porcelain insulators are sometimes greater than the currents on silicone insulators. However, the currents on both insulator types are often similar. Silicone rubber insulators are more contaminated than porcelain insulators. The current analysis has been made by using the static theory of pollution ashover. Index TermsArc discharges, humidity, pollution ashover, surface contamination.

I. INTRODUCTION HE leakage current on outdoor porcelain insulators is an important parameter of pollution severity. The critical value of arc current (which leads to the ashover) on heavily polluted insulators reaches about 1 A. The secure value of leakage current is much lower than the critical one. For heavy polluted insulators, the secure value, called a warning level, is usually in the range of 100 mA. The relation between the critical voltage and the critical current on composite insulators depends on their hydrophobic properties. It is well known that for composite insulators, the critical voltage is higher and the critical current is smaller than both parameters for porcelain insulators. This relationship was studied mainly under laboratory conditions. There is not much data regarding leakage current and ashover voltage measured on porcelain and silicone rubber insulators that have the same shape. Only a few papers take into consideration the dependence of leakage current on composite insulators as a function of air humidity [1][3]. The hygroscopic properties of pollutants on glass are well known [4]. The author has found that hygroscopic properties of pollutants on silicone rubber are the same as the hygroscopic properties of pollutants on glass [5]. The main aim of this research was to check if hygroscopic properties of contamination are also important for silicone insulators under eld conditions. This paper compares the leakage currents on porcelain insulators to leakage current on silicone insulators. It has to be stressed that both insulator types have the same shape. The test was carried out at the Glogow Pollution Station in the years 20052008.

Manuscript received June 27, 2008; revised July 22, 2008. First published March 08, 2010; current version published March 24, 2010. Paper no. TPWRD00506-2008. The author is with the Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw 50-370, Poland (e-mail: krystian.chrzan@pwr.wroc.pl). Color versions of one or more of the gures in this paper are available online at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org. Digital Object Identier 10.1109/TPWRD.2009.2034665

Fig. 1. Test objects. aporcelain post insulator SWZP4, bpost insulator SWZP4 with silicone coating, ccomposite rod insulator, and dporcelain rod insulator.

II. OBJECTS AND EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE The measurements were carried out on two 110-kV porcelain posts SWZP4 and on composite or porcelain rod insulators without sheds (Fig. 1). The post insulators were installed at the test station in 1980. A few of them were covered by an RTV silicone coating in 1995. The composite insulator with the glass bre-reinforced polymer core has the HTV silicone sheath. The rod insulators were installed vertically in 2005. The test voltage of 75 kV was used. The leakage distance of 105-cm or 117-cm of rod insulators is very short. The leakage distance of post insulators with 20 sheds is much longer. The pollution class at the Glogow test station is light after the year 2000. Therefore, to increase the leakage current on post insulators, their leakage distance was made shorter by bridging a few sheds by means of a copper wire. The insulator dimensions are listed in Table I. The leakage current monitor LCM-1 manufactured by FGH Mannheim was used for measurements that began in April 2006. The trigger level of 1 mA and the measurement range of 1400 mA were chosen. The monitor measures the current continuously. However, it stores and prints only these values that are greater than the values stored and printed earlier. Every day at 12:00, the register memory is reset and the monitor starts to store the values beginning from the trigger level. This procedure avoids storing a lot of data and enables quick data analysis. The most important maximum values can be easily found. III. RESULTS OF LEAKAGE CURRENT MEASUREMENTS The leakage current on porcelain insulators is often greater than the leakage current on silicone insulators. Fig. 2 shows typical currents on insulators with hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces recorded in August 2007. When the current on the

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Fig. 3. Daily maximum amplitudes of the leakage current on rod insulators made of porcelain or silicone rubber with the leakage distance of 105 cm in August 2007.

Fig. 4. Daily maximum amplitudes of the leakage current on post insulators with 14 sheds in April 2007. Fig. 2. Leakage currents on the rod insulators made of porcelain or silicone rubber with the leakage distance of 105 cm. Time zero = 20.08.2007, 08:29 P.M.

porcelain rod insulator increased gradually up to 30 mA, the current on the silicone rod insulator was smaller than 8 mA. Similar records were found on post insulators with porcelain or silicone surfaces. The rain precipitation and air humidity are not measured at the test station. However, on the basis of data recorded by the Institute of Meteorology at the point situated 3 km away from the test station, it could be stated that these situations occur usually during rain precipitation when there is much water on the insulator surface. The current on the silicone rubber surface is smaller because of its hydrophobic properties. It was found that the daily maximum current amplitudes on silicone and on porcelain insulators have often very similar values. The similar value of current amplitude up to about 10 mA occurs on rod insulators (Fig. 3). These current amplitudes on post insulators with silicone coating are a bit greater than those on the porcelain post. Slightly greater current amplitudes on the post with silicone coating were often recorded in April 2007 (Fig. 4). The maximum current amplitudes of 30, 40, and 80 mA on a porcelain rod with a leakage distance of 117 cm were noted in May 2007 (Fig. 5). The value of 91 mA was found on this insulator with the leakage distance of 105 cm in September 2007. The maximum amplitudes of 45 and 50 mA were noted on the porcelain post with 14 sheds. The highest current amplitude on the post with silicone coating was smaller and reached 15 mA. The highest currents recorded on rod insulators in May or June 2008 were compared with air humidity and rain precipitation (Table II). The humidity was measured every hour; the

Fig. 5. Daily maximum amplitudes of the leakage current on a porcelain rod insulator with the leakage distance of 117 cm and on the post insulator with 12 sheds and the leakage distance of 168 cm in May 2007.

value given in Table II was found at the same time as the maximum current was recorded. The rain precipitation was measured for the entire day. The maximum current of 27 mA on the porcelain rod was recorded in rainy conditions but only 3 mA on the silicone rod on June 8. The current of 18 mA recorded on the composite insulator was 3 mA greater than the current on the porcelain rod in humid air without rain on June 19. The current was measured on post insulators with 19 nonbridged sheds in sunny weather on April 4, 2006. The insulators were sprayed with water having the conductivity of 100 S/cm and then the voltage of 75 kV was switched on. The highest current amplitude on the porcelain post amounted to 180 mA and on the post with silicone coating, the current was smaller than 2 mA. It is worth mentioning that during these measurements, the air humidity was very low. The RTV coating and HTV silicone rubber of rod insulators are very hydrophobic. Their hydrophobicity class according to the STRI guide is HC1 or HC2.

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Fig. 7. ESDD values on porcelain post insulator SWZP4 and on the same insulator covered by a silicone coating. The measurement was carried out at the Glogow test station in April 2008.

lain surface is washed better by rains than the silicone rubber surface. V. ESDD MEASUREMENT The equivalent salt deposit density ESDD on porcelain post SWZP4 and on the same insulator with the silicone coating was measured in April 2008. The surface of ve shed divisions was washed. The ESDD on the porcelain post was about two times smaller than ESDD on the post with silicone coating (Fig. 7). Similar results were achieved by the Japanese researchers. The ESDD value on silicone insulators was even three times higher than that on porcelain insulators [8]. The surface conductivity measured by means of the strip probe and given in S can be directly transferred into the ESDD value given in g/cm [7]. The surface conductivity of 2.7 S measured on the porcelain rod is equal to an ESDD value of 2.7 g/cm . The mean value of the ESDD measured on the same day on the porcelain post SWZP4 amounted to 50 g/cm . It is 18 times more. This ratio shows the excellent self-washing properties of rod insulators and explains their high electrical strength. VI. DISCUSSION OF CURRENT MEASUREMENT RESULTS The leakage current amplitude on identical porcelain and silicone insulators exposed to the same environmental conditions can be very similar. The hydrophobic pollution layer on the silicone rubber absorbs the moisture from humid air at the same rate as the hydrophilic pollution layer on the porcelain surface [5]. In fact, the ESDD on the porcelain insulator can be lower because rains wash the porcelain insulator better. Therefore, the leakage current on the porcelain insulator can be even a bit lower than the current on the silicone insulator (Fig. 4). This case occurs usually during days without rain but with high air humidity. On the other hand, during more intensive wetting as drizzle or rain, the current on the hydrophilic surface is usually a few times or many times higher than the current on the hydrophobic surface. The leakage current measurements carried out at the Glogow station enable explaining the high electrical strength of tested insulators [9], [10]. Due to the decrease of pollution severity during the last 20 years, it is possible now to apply the insulators with short leakage distance. Unfortunately, except for the pollution ashover, there is one additional barrier. Despite the light pollution class and small leakage current in the range of 10 mA

Fig. 6. Surface conductivity on the silicone rod and on porcelain rod measured by means of the strip probe. The measurement was carried out at the Glogow test station in April 2008.

IV. SURFACE CONDUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS The surface conductivity on porcelain rod and on silicone composite insulator without sheds was measured at ten points in April 2008. The test station is situated at a copper smelting plant. The station was built in 1980 to study the performance of heavy polluted insulators. Due to improvement in the technology, the dust and gases emission decreased gradually during the last 20 years. There has been the light pollution class for a few years at the test station. The present daily dust precipitation density reaches 0, 5 g/m [6]. The measurement was carried out by means of a strip probe described in [7]. On the HTV silicone rod, the mean surface conductivity of 6.3 S was calculated (Fig. 6). At the same places, the surface conductivity on the porcelain rod was smaller, the mean value amounted to 2, 7 S (Fig. 6). Similar measurements were carried out on an 110-kV porcelain post insulator and on the same post with silicone coating at a substation situated close to a power plant using hard coal. There has been also the light pollution class there. On the post insulator with silicone coating, the surface conductivity of 7 S was measured on the upper shed sides and under sheds. At the same places, the surface conductivity on the porcelain post was smaller and amounted to 3 S on sheds and 2 S under sheds. The surface conductivity on the porcelain shed rims was very low, in the range of 0.1 S and only a bit smaller than 7 S on silicone shed rims. These results show that the glazed porce-

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that can ow in high air humidity, the concentrated discharges are able to erode the surface of composite insulators [10], [11]. VII. THEORETICAL ANALYSIS According to the model of Obenaus, the single arc burning over the dry band is connected to the narrow wet contaminated strip. The supply voltage U is therefore a sum of arc voltage and the voltage drop along the polluted strip (1) where x is the arc length in centimeters, L is the leakage disis the resistance of the tance of the insulator in centimeters, pollution layer per unit length in kilo-ohms/cm, A, and n is the arc constants. The arc length can be calculated as a function of current from (2) The diameter of arc discharge is in the range of a few millimeters. The arc current ows from the cathode/anode spot to the broader pollution layer. As a result, the current density at the arc spot is the highest. Taking this phenomenon into account, the critical current and the critical voltage can be calculated from the following equations [12]: (3) (4) where is the shed diameter in centimeters, is the equivais the critical arc length in cenlent diameter in centimeters, timeters Ka factor taking into consideration the current concentration in the arc spot (5) In the case of a thin vertical rod insulator without sheds, the single arc develops usually at the top electrode. Just before the ashover, the arc length reaches about 60% of the leakage distance. The width of the wet pollution layer is here smaller than its length. Considering the aforementioned statement, the K factor can be calculated from [13] (6) Usually, a few or more arcs are formed on high-voltage insulators with many sheds. The arcs burn between sheds and their spots contact with the upper and the bottom side of the sheds. This is the so-called the wide pollution layer case for which the K factor is calculated from [13] (7)

where pollution layer resistance taking into account the current concentration at the arc spot (in kilo-ohms); pollution layer resistance between wide electrodes (without arc) (in kilo-ohms); leakage distance of the shed division (in centimeters); critical arc length on a shed division (in centimeters); form factor of insulator; arc radius in centimeters, I (arc current in amperes); surface conductivity in microSiemens. The relation between the arc radius and arc current was given by Wilkins [13] (8) The relation between the critical voltage and the critical current given by (4) is theoretically very important. However, the calculation of the critical voltage as a function of the highest current according to (10) is of great practical importance. Usually, the current is much smaller than the critical current. This problem was solved by Zhang [12] for the case when ( , which is the critical value of the pollution layer per unit length). Under these conditions, the arc length is much shorter . The analysis of the arc length than the critical arc length as a function of the current for a different value of the layer resistance per unit length leads to the following conclusion: if , then the current is about two times smaller than the measured before the arc formation (when the whole current pollution layer is continuous) (9) where in milliamperes when U is in kilovolts and Siemens in micro-

(10) where is in kilovolts per centimeter when and U is in kilovolts. VIII. CALCULATION RESULTS The arc length as a function of the current was calculated from (2) for the rod insulator with the length of 105 cm, diameter of 3 cm, the voltage of 75 kV, and for different values of the 140 and pollution-layer unit resistance. The arc constant 0.56 were taken from the literature. The calculations carried out by means of the PC program Mathcad 6 are shown in Fig. 8. The critical value of pollution-layer unit resistance amounts to 35 k /cm. For the rod insulator with a diameter of 3 cm, this value corresponds to the surface conductivity of 3 S. For such is in amperes

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Fig. 8. Arc length as a function of the current and pollution layer unit resistance ) and calculated from (2) by means of Mathcad 6 for U = 75 kV (105 kV L = 105 cm.

Fig. 9. Electrical strength of the air gap having a length of 20 cm, 40 cm, and 50 cm after the arc extinction with the amplitude of 91 mA and the sinusoidal voltage with the amplitude of 106 kV (75 kV ).

voltage and surface conductivity). This function can be written as (12) The unit resistance depends on the pollution-layer width a and on the surface conductivity (13) Using the pollution characteristic of cylindrical insulators with a given leakage distance L and diameter D that are published by Assad [15] and Pilling [16], (12) can be written as (14) where the voltage U is measured in kilovolts, L and D are in centimeters, and the surface conductivity in S. The arc parameters A and n can be estimated in the following manner. The inclination angle tangent p of cylindrical insulator pollution characteristics presented in double logarithm coordinates is 0.25. Let us remark that (15) The parameters can be easily calculated now 400 if the voltage is measured in , L and D in centimeters, and the surface conductivity is in Siemens. The critical surface conductivity calculated from (14) for the 105 cm and 3 cm amounts porcelain rod insulator with 6.2 S. Such a pollution layer has the unit resistance of 17, 1 k /cm. Using this value and the estimated arc parameters 400 and 0.33, the critical current of 60 mA can be calculated from (3). When the old values of arc parameters are 0.56), the value of critical current amounts used . The calculated value of 60 mA is closer to the 46 mA measured value of 91 mA . This shows that the arc parameters calculated from the pollution characteristics of cylindrical insulators are closer to the real values. The results are listed in Table III. The surface conductivity on the rod insulators is uniform (Fig. 6). The ESDD values on post insulators measured on ve shed divisions are also similar (Fig. 7). However, the dust density on the upper surface of sheds is higher than the dust density on the shank or on the bottom surface of sheds. The

a thin rod, the effect of current concentration at the arc spot is not important. For the critical conditions (arc length of 60 cm), the K factor of 1.005 is calculated from (6). The critical current estimated from Fig. 8 has the value of 30 mA. However, the highest current on the porcelain rod insulator . Note, no measured up to June 2008 had the value of 91 mA ashover was observed at that current. One of possible reasons responsible for these discrepancies could be the use of the dc model. In the case of ac voltage, the electrical strength of the air gap having the length X (in centimeters) after the arc extinction in the previous half-cycle is given by the Rizks formula (11) [14] (11) where: time measured from current zero (in seconds); dielectric gradient of a nonuniform eld air gap at an ambient temperature amounting to 5 kV/cm; amplitude of the arc current in the previous half-cycle (in amperes). The analysis of electrical strength of air for a current amplitude of 91 mA, the ac voltage with the amplitude of 106 kV (75 kV ) and for a different arc length (length of dry band) is shown in Fig. 9. The electrical strength of the dry band with the length of 50 cm is only for 2 ms, a bit lower than the ac voltage with the amplitude of 106 kV. After the extinction, the arc with the amplitude of 91 mA cannot ignite again when the dry band is 60 cm long. It also means that under the light pollution (as in the case of the Glogow station) the ac ashover voltage shall be higher than the dc ashover voltage. An additional factor which increases the ashover voltage of rod insulators is a very low dust deposit density (DDD); thus, the thickness of the pollution layer is very thin. IX. ESTIMATION OF ARC PARAMETERS The arc parameters can be estimated from the pollution characteristic of an insulator (the relation between the ashover

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TABLE III CRITICAL CURRENT OF THE ROD INSULATOR CALCULATED FROM (3)

TABLE IV CRITICAL VOLTAGE OF THE POST SWZP4 WITH 12 SHEDS CALCULATED FROM (10)

Fig. 10. Porcelain post insulators: (a) VIFS 110 [15] and (b) SWZP4 with 12 nonbridged sheds.

following analysis does not take into account the problem of non-uniform contamination. The highest current amplitude on porcelain post SWZP4 with 12 nonbridged sheds measured under eld conditions in May . Calculating the K factor from (7), the arc 2007 was 51 mA radius from (8), the equivalent diameter of post insulator from can (5), and the critical voltage per unit leakage distance 400, 0.33, the value be calculated from (10). For /cm. The critical voltage of post insulaamounts to 2.51 kV tors is 299 kV (Table IV). If the old values of arc parameters and 0.56 are used, the critical voltage of 138 kV will be calculated. Both calculated critical voltages are lower than the test voltage of 75 kV but the difference between 299 and 138 values is very big. It is worth mentioning that the ashover voltages of post insulators SWZP4 were measured at the Glogow station in the years 2001 and 2002 [9]. The lowest ashover voltage was measured during ice formation conditions in December 2002. This ashover voltage for the post shortened to 12 sheds amounted to 75 kV. The highest ashover voltage for such an insulator of 150 kV was measured in March 2002. The value of 299 kV seems to be too high. The arc parame400 and 0.33 were calculated from the pollution ters characteristics of the rod insulator and then used for the calculation of ashover voltage for the post insulator SWZP4 with nonbridged 12 sheds. The pollution characteristic of the porcelain post insulator VIFS 110 with nine sheds, the shed diameter of 22 cm, and the leakage distance of 170 cm were given by Assad (Fig. 10) [15]. These dimensions are similar to the dimensions of the post insulator SWZP4 with 12 nonbridged sheds (Table I). The arc parameters calculated from the pollution characteristics of the post VIFS 110 are 0.56. The ashover voltage calculated from (10) for the post insulator SWZP4 with 12 nonbridged sheds using these arc constants amounts to 270 kV. The calculation results of ashover voltage with different arc parameters were listed in Table III. It is seen that the ashover voltage depends strongly on the A parameter and less on the parameter. The 270 kV is also a very high value of ashover voltage. Some dimensions of the post VIFS 110 are similar to the dimensions of the post SWZP4. However, the shed distances on the post VIFS 110 are 11.5 cm but only 3 cm on the post SWZP4

Fig. 11. Thermogram of concentrated dry bands on light polluted 110-kV composite insulators at the Bukowno substation.

(Fig. 10). Therefore, the so-called effective leakage distance factor is close to 1 for the post VIFS 110 and much smaller for the post SWZP4. Of course, the best way is to calculate the arc parameters from the ashover characteristic of an insulator for which the critical voltage shall be calculated from (10). X. WARM SPOTS ON INSULATORS The porcelain dead-end insulators were replaced by composite insulators at the 110-kV Bukowno substation in Poland in August 2006. To check the condition of new silicone insulators, the thermovision diagnostics was carried out in February 2008. The temperature increase of a small band at the high-voltage terminals above the temperature of neighboring insulator parts in the range of 57 C, was found on nearly all composite insulators (Fig. 11). The warmer spots were also found on a few porcelain insulators. During the measurement, the humidity was high. The pollution class at the Bukowno substation is light. The surface conductivity measured on a dummy porcelain longrod insulator in May 2008 was in the range of 24 S. The warmer spots are the result of very weak concentrated discharges which can ignite under high humidity at uniformly polluted insulators [11]. The pollution layer absorbs the moisture from the humid air. This process takes place at the same manner on the polluted glass or on the polluted silicone rubber [5]. It is important that the pollutants on the silicone rubber that are hydrophobic, absorb the moisture similar to the hygroscopic pollutants on the glass. Therefore, the concentrated discharges can develop even on hydrophobic insulators (the hydrophobicity of the pollution layer does not have to be lost). XI. CONCLUSION The leakage currents on tested porcelain insulators that have the amplitude of greater than 20 mA are higher than the leakage

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currents on silicone insulators with the identical shape. These registered states are typical under rain conditions and are caused by hydrophobic properties of silicone rubber. The leakage currents with the amplitude smaller than 20 mA can have similar values on the porcelain insulator and on the composite insulator with an identical shape. This state is typical of very humid air because the hygroscopic properties of pollutants on silicone rubber are the same as the hygroscopic properties of pollutants on the porcelain surface. The highest current amplitude on the composite rod was 20 mA but this value on the porcelain rod with the same dimensions amounted to 91 mA. It means that the ashover probability on the composite insulator was very small and was high on the porcelain rod insulator. The arc parameters estimated from the pollution characteristic of an insulator allow better calculation of its critical voltage for the highest current measured in the eld on this insulator.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT The author would like to thank the Advisory Board of Glogow Copper Smelting Plant, especially A. Szydlo, J. Rzepecki, J. Weicke, and R. Kolasinski for their help in the test station maintenance and R. Pluta, of the Enion power utility division Bedzin, for the delivery of insulator thermograms. T. Gierus made the data of air humidity and rain precipitation accessible.

[6] K. L. Chrzan and S. E. Abdi, Impact of environmental conditions in West Europe, Poland and Algeria on outdoor insulators performance and selection, presented at the Int. Symp. High Voltage Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2007, paper T4-126. [7] K. L. Chrzan, C. Stec, and M. Farzaneh, Probes for spot measurement of surface conductivity on polluted insulators, Inst. Eng. Technol. J. Sci., Meas. Technol., vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 295300, Sept. 2007. [8] K. Naito, R. Matsuoka, T. Irie, and K. Kondo, Test methods and results and results for recent outdoor insulation in Japan, IEEE Trans. Dielect. Elect. Insul., vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 732743, Oct. 1999. [9] K. L. Chrzan, Pollution test station Glogow, twenty years of research, in Proc. Int. Symp. High Voltage Eng., Delft, The Netherlands, 2003, p. 202, one page abstract on. [10] K. L. Chrzan, Composite insulators without sheds under light pollution, presented at the Int. Symp. High Voltage Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2007, paper T4-124. [11] K. L. Chrzan and F. Moro, Concentrated discharges and dry bands on polluted outdoor insulators, IEEE Trans. Power Del., vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 466471, Jan. 2007. [12] R. Zhang, D. Zhu, and Z. Guan, A study on the relation between the ashover voltage and the leakage current of naturally or articially polluted insulators, presented at the 4th Int. Symp. High Voltage Eng., Athens, Greece, 1983, paper 46.01. [13] R. Wilkins, Flashover voltage of high-voltage insulators with uniform surface-pollution lms, Proc. Inst. Elect. Eng., vol. 116, no. 3, pp. 457465, Mar. 1969. [14] F. A. M. Rizk and D. H. Nguyen, AC source-insulator interaction in HV pollution tests, IEEE Trans. Power App. Syst., vol. PAS-103, no. 4, pp. 723732, Apr. 1984. [15] A. A. Assad, Fremdschichtueberschlag von kuenstlich verschmutzten isolatoren, Ph.D. dissertation, Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany, 1978. [16] J. Pilling, L. Berndt, M. Katib, and T. Seelig, Der Fremdschichtueberschlag von Isolatoren mit gleichmaessiger Verschmutzung bei Wechselspannung, Wissenschaftliche Berichte, Sonderheft der Sektion Elektroenergieversorgung und Automatisierung Juli 23, 1990, pp. 3841, Technische Hochschule Zittau, Heft. Krystian Leonard Chrzan was born in Odolanow, Poland, on October 15, 1955. He received the Dr.-Ing. degree from the Institute of Electrical Engineering Fundamentals, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland, in 1987. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at the Wroclaw University of Technology. From 1988 to 1989, he was a scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the High Voltage Laboratory of the University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. From 1991 to 1993, he was with the high-voltage laboratory of the Technical University of Zittau, Germany, and from 2004 to 2005, he was with Cardiff University. He spent research stays at the high-voltage laboratories in Stuttgart (1985, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2003); Dresden, (1995); Mannheim (FGH, 1996, 1997, 2002); Darmstadt (2002); Cottbus (2007); Germany; Prague, Czech Republic (EGU, 2001); Lvov, Ukraine (2008); Stellenbosch, South Africa (2009); and at the Lightning Research Center Camp Blending, FL (2000). He is the author or co-author of many scientic papers and the book Surge Arresters for High Voltages. His research interests include outdoor insulation, surge arresters, lightning protection, and history of science.

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