Schmuck, Frank

T&D Expert, Switzerland

Schmuck, Frank

T&D Expert, Switzerland

Biography

Reviewing 25 Years of Improvement in Non-Ceramic Materials & Corresponding Process Technologies for Line & Substation Insulation: Past Challenges, Present Solutions & Future Requirements

Dr. Schmuck has been working in the field of composite outdoor insulation for over 30 years, most recently as Corporate Technology Director at Pfisterer in Germany. In 1994 he became a member of various CIGRE and IEC Working Groups and runs the CIGRE Working Group “Insulators” since 2006. Since 2007, he has written as columnist for the INMR, co-authored a monograph on ‘Silicone Composite Insulators’ in 2011 and contributed the insulator chapter to the first CIGRE ‘Green Book on Overhead Lines’ in 2014.

Different families of polymeric housing materials have been utilized over the decades in development of modern composite insulator technology. This applies as well to the core rods, which have consisted of different types of resin axially reinforced by glass fibre. Similarly, their manufacture has been accomplished using different processes, from moulding of individual sheds in a modular process to moulding onto the rod of the complete housing in single or multiple shots. This presentation reviews progress in polymer insulator technology, focusing on latest trends in technical development as well as power industry applications.

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