High Voltage Engineering | Nagpur University | Summer-2019

B.E. (Electrical (Electronics & Power) Engineering) Seventh Semester (C.B.S.)

High Voltage Engineering

Time : Three Hours
Max. Marks : 80
Notes : 1. All questions carry marks as indicated.
2. Solve Question 1 OR Questions No. 2.
3. Solve Question 3 OR Questions No. 4.
4. Solve Question 5 OR Questions No. 6.
5. Solve Question 7 OR Questions No. 8.
6. Solve Question 9 OR Questions No. 10.
7. Solve Question 11 OR Questions No. 12.
8. Due credit will be given to neatness and adequate dimensions.
9. Assume suitable data whenever necessary.
10. Illustrate your answers whenever necessary with the help of neat sketches.
11. Use of non programmable calculator is permitted.

1. a) Explain Townsend’s breakdown criterion? Enumerate the limitations of Townsend’s criterion.  [06 M]

b) In an experiment it was found that, the steady current is 5.2×10-8 Amp at 7.5 kV at a distance of 35 mm between the plane electrodes. Keeping the field constant and reducing the distance to 0.1cm results in a current of 5.2×10-9 Amp. Calculate the primary ionization coefficient ‘α’.   [06 M]


2.a) Explain thermal breakdown in solid dielectrics and how it is more significant than other breakdown mechanisms.  [07 M]

b) Define Paschen Law. Justify the existence of two vlues of (pxd)corresponding to the same breakdown voltage is Pascen’s curve.
Determine (pxd)min and Vb min for Paschen’s law if constants are
A=12, B = 365 & γ=0.02.   [07 M]

3.a) Explain Mechanisms of lighting. Discuss various types of lightning strokes.  [06 M]

b) Explain gapless type lightening arrester with diagram and ratings. [07 M]


4.a) What is function of surge absorber ? Explain in brief the Ferranti surge absorber.   [07 M]

b) A transmission line tower has resistance of 10 Ω and inductance 10μH. Compute the surge voltage to which tower top is subjected if lightning stroke current is 30kA. Compute the percentage reduction in this over voltage if tower resistance is reduced to 5Ω.  [06 M]

5.a) Explain the development of travelling waves on an overhead line.  [07 M]

b) A 3-phase single circuit transmission line is 400 Km long. If the line is rated for 220 kV and has the parameters, R = 0.1 ohms/Km, L = 1.26 mH/Km, c = 0.009 nF/Km, and G = 0, find
(a) the surge impedance and
(b) the velocity of propagation neglecting the resistance of the line. If a surge of 150 kV and infinitely long tail strikes at one end of the line, what is the time taken for the surge to travel to the other end of the line?  [07 M]


6. a) Explain the term’s “attenuation and distortion” of travelling waves propagating on overhead lines. What is the effect of corona on the transmission lines.  [07 M]

b) An infinite rectangular wave on a line having a surge impedance of 500 strikes a transmission line terminated with a capacitance of 0.004F. Calculate the extend to which the wave front is retarded.  [07 M]

7. a) Explain cascaded connection of transformer with isolating transformers for excitation, for producing AC high voltage. [07 M]

b) A Cock-Croft voltage multiplier circuit has 8 stages with capacitances equals to 0.05μF. The supply transformer secondary voltage is 132kV at 150Hz. If the load current to be supplied is 4mA, Calculate:  [07 M]
i) Percentage ripple.
ii) Percentage regulation.
iii) Maximum output voltage.


8. a) A 12-stage impulse generator has 0.126μF capacitors the wave front and the wave tail resistances connected are 800 ohms and 5000 ohms respectively. If the load capacitor is 1000Pf, find the front and tail times of the impulse wave produced.  [07 M]

b) Describe with a neat sketch, the working of a Van De Graaff generator. What are the factors that limit the maximum voltage obtained?  [07 M]

9. a) What is capacitance voltage transformers? Explain with phasor how a tuned capacitance voltage transformer can be used for voltage measurement in power systems.  [07 M]

b) A generating voltmeter has to be designed so that it can have a range from 20 to 200 kV d.c. If the indicating meter reads a minimum current of 2 μA and maximum current of 25 μA, what should be the capacitance of the generating voltmeter be? [05 M]


10. a) Explain the principle and construction of an electrostatic voltmeter for very high voltages. What are its merits and demerits for high voltage a.c. measurements? [07 M]

b) Design a peak reading voltmeter along with a suitable micro ammeter such that it will be able to read voltage, up to 100kV (peak). The capacitance potential divider available is of the ratio 1000:1. [06 M]

11. a) Explain measurement of dielectric constant and loss factor by high voltage Schering bridge. [07 M]

b) Explain how dry and wet flash over tests are performed on line insulator. [06 M]


12. a) Discuss the significance of non-destructive tests and list the different non-destructive tests. [06 M]

b) Explain
i) Partial discharge measurement. [03 M]
ii) Methods of testing cable. [04 M]

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