Impact of Residual Quartz on Lifetime of High Strength Porcelain
Studies have defined four key ageing mechanisms that can affect the service life of C-120 and C-130 high strength alumina porcelain insulators: a) expansion of cement, b) corrosion of metal parts, c) mechanical and electrical stresses on core, and d) drying out bitumen. Resistance against mechanical and electrical stresses in ceramic insulators relates mainly to microstructure. This presentation reviews findings from a recent study of porcelain microstructure containing intentionally placed quartz particles as calibrated defects. The objective was to evaluate impact on resistance against mechanical stresses and quantify the number and particle size of critical residual content.