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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 6371540, 5 pages
Research Article

Quantitative Analysis of Ageing Condition of Insulating Paper Using Infrared Spectroscopy

1Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Blvd. Enrique Reyna Hermosillo 140, Col. San José de los Cerritos, 25294 Saltillo, COAH, Mexico
2Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Reforma 113, Col. Palmira, 62490 Cuernavaca, MOR, Mexico
3Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Substations Department, Don Manuelito No. 32, Col. Olivar de los Padres, 01780 Ciudad de México, Mexico

Received 25 May 2016; Revised 22 September 2016; Accepted 25 September 2016

Academic Editor: Luigi Nicolais

Copyright © 2016 R. Saldivar-Guerrero et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Transformers are very expensive apparatuses and are vital to make the whole power system run normally. The failures in such apparatuses could leave them out of service, causing severe economic losses. The life of a transformer can be effectively determined by the life of the insulating paper. In the present work, we show an alternative diagnostic technique to determine the ageing condition of transformer paper by the use of FTIR spectroscopy and an empirical model. This method has the advantage of using a microsample that could be extracted from the transformer on-site. The proposed technique offers an approximation quantitative evaluation of the degree of polymerization of dielectric papers and could be used for transformer diagnosis and remaining life estimation.