CFD analysis of the thermal state of an overhead line conductor

Irina Makhkamova, Philip C. Taylor, J. R. Bumby, Khamid Mahkamov

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At present commercial CFD packages such as Fluent, ANSYS CFX, and Star-CD are widely used for investigation of heat and mass transfer processes in various fields of engineering. These codes can also be successfully applied to estimate the thermal state of major components of electrical distribution networks, such as overhead lines, underground cables and transformers. This paper presents some results obtained from numerical modelling of the temperature field in the Lynx overhead conductor in both cross and parallel wind conditions using 2-D and 3-D CFD models. The CFD results obtained demonstrate that for an applied load of 433 A and considering the summer rating (Lynx conductors ER P27 [1]) the maximum temperature in the conductor is considerably lower (16 degrees) than the prescribed design conductor temperature. This indicates that there is headroom for increasing the ampacity of the conductor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 43rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
ISBN (Print)978-1424432943
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2008
EventUPEC 2008 - Padova Italy
Duration: 16 Dec 2008 → …


ConferenceUPEC 2008
Period16/12/08 → …


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