Sustainable operation of transformers with better understanding of technical and economic constraints (2014–2017)

The transformer is a key infrastructure component in a power system network, where reliable transformer operation plays a vital role in ensuring a safe and continuous electricity supply. The aim of this project is to develop new methodologies that industry can apply to maximize the usage of transformers. Through the innovative use of fiber optic sensing, new leakage current detection methods and use of advanced pattern recognition techniques, coupled with the research to understand the ageing processes of biodegradable oils, transformer lifespan can be accurately determined. The expected outcomes are new monitoring techniques and improved life-cycle costing for various transformers.


Funding: Australian Research Council Linkage Projects
Status: Current


Chief Investigator/s: 
  • Prof. Tapan Saha