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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2379418, 10 pages
Research Article

Analysis of Insulating Material of XLPE Cables considering Innovative Patterns of Partial Discharges

1Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Irapuato (ITESI), Irapuato, GTO, Mexico
2Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Laboratorio de Pruebas a Equipos y Materiales (LAPEM), Irapuato, GTO, Mexico
3Centro de Innovación Aplicada en Tecnologías Competitivas (CIATEC), León, GTO, Mexico

Correspondence should be addressed to Fernando Figueroa Godoy

Received 9 March 2017; Revised 15 June 2017; Accepted 12 September 2017; Published 8 November 2017

Academic Editor: Huanqing Wang

Copyright © 2017 Fernando Figueroa Godoy 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.


This paper aims to analyze the quality of insulation in high voltage underground cables XLPE using a prototype which classifies the following usual types of patterns of partial discharge (PD): (1) internal PD, (2) superficial PD, (3) corona discharge in air, and (4) corona discharge in oil, in addition to considering two new PD patterns: (1) false contact and (2) floating ground. The tests and measurements to obtain the patterns and study cases of partial discharges were performed at the Testing Laboratory Equipment and Materials (LEPEM) of the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) using a measuring equipment LDIC and norm IEC60270. To classify the six patterns of partial discharges mentioned above a Probabilistic Neural Network Bayesian Modified (PNNBM) method having the feature of using a large amount of data will be used and it is not saturated. In addition, PNN converges, always finding a solution in a short period of time with low computational cost. The insulation of two high voltage cables with different characteristics was analyzed. The test results allow us to conclude which wire has better insulation.