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Materials (Basel). 2018 Dec 26;12(1). pii: E75. doi: 10.3390/ma12010075.

Thermal Decomposition Properties of Epoxy Resin in SF₆/N₂ Mixture.

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1
School of Electrical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China. wenhao198711@163.com.
2
Wuhan Branch, China Electric Power Research Institute Co., Ltd., Wuhan 430074, China. wenhao198711@163.com.
3
School of Electrical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China. xiaoxing.zhang@outlook.com.
4
Wuhan Branch, China Electric Power Research Institute Co., Ltd., Wuhan 430074, China. xiarong@epri.sgcc.com.cn.
5
School of Electrical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China. yangzilai123@163.com.
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School of Electrical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China. wuyunjian@whu.edu.cn.

Abstract

As a promising alternative for pure SF₆, the mixture of SF₆/N₂ appears to be more economic and environment-friendly on the premise of maintaining similar dielectric properties with pure SF₆. But less attention has been paid to the thermal properties of an SF₆/N₂ mixture, especially with insulation materials overheating happening simultaneously. In this paper, thermal decomposition properties of epoxy resin in SF₆/N₂ mixture with different SF₆ volume rates were studied, and the concentrations of characteristic decomposition components were detected based on concentrations change of some characteristic gas components such as CO₂, SO₂, H₂S, SOF₂, and CF₄. The results showed that thermal properties of 20% SF₆/N₂ (volume fraction of SF₆ is 20%) mixture has faster degradation than 40% SF₆/N₂ mixture. As ratio of SF₆ content decreases, thermal stability of the system decreases, and the decomposition process of SF₆ is exacerbated. Moreover, a mathematical model was established to determine happening of partial overheating faults on the epoxy resin surface in SF₆/N₂ mixture. Also thermal decomposition process of epoxy resin was simulated by the ReaxFF force field to reveal basic chemical reactions in terms of bond-breaking order, which further verified that CO₂ and H₂O produced during thermal decomposition of epoxy resin can intensify degradation of SF₆ dielectric property.

KEYWORDS:

SF6/N2; decomposition components; epoxy resin; thermal decomposition

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