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Cluster Assessment for Online DGA Monitoring

  • Delta-X Research Inc
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This paper describes a cluster assessment (CA) method for automatic detection, assessment, and logging of significant fault gas production events by analysis of multi-gas online monitor data. When large numbers of transformers are monitored, automatic screening interpretation of the data is necessary. The automated interpretation of dissolved-gas data must be quite skilled at discriminating between exceptional and unexceptional patterns to provide high sensitivity and high specificity, i.e., to detect incipient problems reliably while generating very few false alarms. The CA method is applied to a moving time window of the most recent 30 to 90 days of multi-gas monitor data for each transformer. It relies upon three innovative elements: 1. Statistical estimation of measurement uncertainty from in-service data. A paper deriving the statistical estimators and evaluating their performance is in preparation. 2. A fault energy index calculated from the gas concentrations. The index is the normalized energy intensity (NEI) described in "Thermodynamic Estimation of Transformer Fault Severity." 3. Cluster analysis applied to the NEI data. An uncertainty estimate derived from the data is used for adaptive tuning of the cluster analysis and for discriminating between insignificant and significant increases. Clusters and transitions between clusters are subjected to diagnostic assessment. Any that appears to represent the production of a significant amount of new fault gas is reported as an event with a severity score and an apparent fault type. The severity score can be based on the amount of change in survival probability as illustrated in this paper.

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... where mu and sigma are as stated above and capital phi is the cumulative distribution function of the standard normal distribution. A similar Kaplan-Meier curve, based on early exploratory work on the same data, was shown in [8] Figure 1. It was limited to the portion corresponding to survival probability between 0.95 and 1.0. ...
... Our original intention in pursuing DGA survival analysis was, following the example of the PFS method, to use the NEI survival curve to locate NEI limits for condition assessment. Following that idea, Table Iof [8] uses NEI values corresponding to survival probabilities of 0.99, 0.97, and 0.95 as DGA condition assessment limits. Surprisingly, however, work subsequent to the publication of [8] demonstrated that condition codes based on gas concentration or NEI limits do not represent degrees of deterioration of the transformer. ...
... Following that idea, Table Iof [8] uses NEI values corresponding to survival probabilities of 0.99, 0.97, and 0.95 as DGA condition assessment limits. Surprisingly, however, work subsequent to the publication of [8] demonstrated that condition codes based on gas concentration or NEI limits do not represent degrees of deterioration of the transformer. That conclusion, hinted at by the question at the end of the Survival Analysis Concepts section above, is based on inspection of the graph (Figure 2) of the lognormal failure rate function h( ...
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Conventional practice for transformer dissolved gas analysis (DGA) is to use concentrations of several fault gases, with or without total dissolved combustible gas, for evaluating apparent fault severity. We suggest a simpler approach based on the normalized energy intensity (NEI), a quantity related directly to fault energy dissipated within the transformer. DGA fault severity scoring based on NEI is shown to be sensitive to all IEC fault types and to be more responsive to shifts in the relative concentrations of the fault gases than scoring based on fault gas concentrations. Instead of eight or more gas concentration limits, NEI scoring requires only two or three limits that can be empirically derived to suit local requirements for any population of mineral-oil-filled power transformers. OPEN ACCESS - FREE DOWNLOAD FROM HERE:
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J. J. Dukarm, "DGA Survival Analysis for Power Transformers," TJ|H2b TechCon Canada 2012, Montreal, Canada, 28 Sep 2012.