LIMM study of space charge in crosslinked polyethylene

T. Pawlowski, R. J. Fleming, S. B. Lang

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Electric field / space charge profiles obtained using the laser-intensity-modulationmethod (LIMM) are presented for XLPE samples machined from power cable insulation cross-linked using dicumyl peroxide. The samples, 110 110 μm thick with vacuum-evaporated aluminium electrodes, were subjected to dc fields of 48 kV/mm and both polarities at room temperature for at least 24 hr. The LIMM measurements were made at room temperature, and at various times after the end of poling. Electric field and space charge profiles obtained using the scaletransformation and polynomial regularization methods were in fair quantitative agreement over much of the sample thickness, except when the electric field showed a maximum or minimum. Simulation data for assumed electric field profiles strongly suggested that the polynomial regularization method is more accurate. Most of the space charge was concentrated near the electrodes, with densities of order 5-10 C m-3 in those regions. Charge of the same sign tended to accumulate adjacent to a given physical electrode, for both poling polarities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1714925
Pages (from-to)1023-1029
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2006


  • Crosslinked polyethylene
  • Laser-intensity-modulation-method
  • Polynomial regularization method
  • Space charge
  • Xscale transformation method


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