More reliable transformer thanks to phenolic-glued pressboard

More reliable transformer thanks to phenolic-glued pressboard

The demands placed on oil-filled transformers are constantly increasing. Ever greater efficiency and operational reliability are desired, even at high operating temperatures and heavy electrical load. Röchling Industrial has further developed the properties of its premium insulating material, Trafoboard®, especially for the construction of modern transformers. Trafoboard® has been subjected to comprehensive testing by the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück.

Röchling offers an insulation material made of high-quality laminated pressboard for the highest demands on electrical properties in the form of Trafoboard®

Since 2010, Röchling has been offering an insulation material made of high-quality laminated pressboard for the highest demands on electrical properties in the form of Trafoboard®. Trafoboard® HD-PH consists of high-density pressboard layers, made from pure cellulose according to IEC 60641, bonded together using a phenol-based resin matrix.

Röchling has had several decades of experience with the phenolic resin for use in oil-filled transformers, thanks to the high-voltage insulation material Lignostone® Transformerwood®, which is also part of the company’s product range. The properties of phenolic resin remain constant in oil-filled transformers even over a very long period of time and thus offer very good conditions for the construction of transformers. Against this background, Röchling developed the phenolic-glued pressboard, Trafoboard® HD-PH.

The very low moisture content and the excellent drying behaviour characterise the material. Trafoboard® HD-PH meets the mechanical and electrical requirements for laminated pressboard according to IEC 60763-3 type 3.1 A.2 and in part clearly exceeds them. Unlike polyester-glued laminated pressboard, this material does not release styrene during machining. This avoids an unpleasant smell and a possible health hazard for the employees.

Röchling has been cooperating closely with the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück for years in the development of insulating materials for transformer construction. This also applies to Trafoboard® HD-PH, which has been approved for many years by renowned manufacturers of oil-filled transformers after thorough examinations of the properties and has been successfully used worldwide as insulating parts, such as platform, rings, and fasteners.

To enable transformer manufacturers to make allowance for the requirements for increasingly powerful transformers, Röchling has now further optimised the electrical properties of the material and had them tested in the modern high voltage laboratory of the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück. A high partial discharge inception field strength in the bonded seam between the laminated pressboard layers is the greatest challenge for the electrical properties. Consequently, Röchling has further optimised the manufacturing process of Trafoboard® and once again improved the bonded seam of the premium insulating material.

Vol. 7 Issue 4