High-accuracy moisture measurement in SF6 switchgear

Moisture measurement in SF6-insulated switchgear is vital. That?s why WIKA has improved the performance of the GDHT-20 sensor for this industry. The transmitter, which also provides values for gas density, pressure and temperature, now measures the dew/frost point having an accuracy of �2 K.
Moisture, along with density, may be the crucial parameter for assessing the condition of the SF6 gas used. The GDHT-20 continuously monitors its content in the gas. Surge from the web monitoring forms the input for a downstream trend analysis. The more precise both density and the moisture measurement are, the more precise this analysis will be.
Predictive maintenance rather than regular maintenance intervals
The model GDHT-20 sensor is an all-in-one instrument for the web monitoring of SF6-insulated switchgear. It works together with three temperature sensors (red), a pressure sensor (blue) and a humidity sensor (yellow).
The analysis shows the operator once the SF6 will reach a crucial state so when remedial measures must be taken. Subsequently, maintenance work or gas treatment is only undertaken when action is actually needed. Predictive maintenance thus replaces the sequence of regular maintenance intervals that was previously essential to avoid ecological and safety risks.
Too much moisture in the gas compartment is one of these brilliant risks. In older plants, moisture mainly increases due to permeation through sealing materials. In younger plant, normally, this is due to moisture remaining on metal surfaces or in insulation materials during tank assembly, due to incomplete evacuation before initial filling with SF6.
Excessive moisture content results in corrosive reaction products that may damage internal components and shorten the service life. If such substances escape, there is an additional danger to people?s health.
SF6 moisture measurement parameters
Measurement of SF6 moisture is therefore indispensable. In most cases, the dew or frost point is used as a parameter. This can be the temperature at which the air humidity begins to condense. Regarding SF6, the atmospheric dew point specified by IEC 60376 is -36 �C.
The accuracy of the GDHT-20 of �2 K for moisture measurement is validated at the frost point having an internationally valid reference standard. However, the measuring instrument can also be configured for other parameters (dew point, ppmv, ppmw and relative humidity). The brand new version of the sensor also features greater application flexibility. The GDHT-20 is now also ideal for density monitoring of the choice insulating gases N2, CF4, O2, CO2 and 3MTM NovecTM 4710.
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More info on the GDHT-20 sensor are available on the WIKA website. Should you have any questions, your contact will gladly help you.
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