4 Advantages of Fiberglass Brackets for Utilities

Posted by Chad Davis on Sep 1, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Utility brackets for distribution lines are primarily used in two ways. One is for conductor support and the second is to mount equipment, like cutouts and arresters. Because of their constant outdoor exposure, they face challenging conditions including bright sun with blistering UV rays, fires, fierce storms, and wildlife damage. To mitigate some of these concerns, some traditionally-wood distribution products, such as brackets, are now being offered in fiberglass. Here are four advantages of choosing fiberglass brackets:

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Topics: Distribution

5 Ways Animals Cause Fires and How Wildlife Covers Can Help

Posted by Ed LeRouzic on Apr 24, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Looking at recent data from California utilities, about one in ten ignition causes can be traced back to animals either directly or indirectly. That amounts to a significant number of wildfires caused by animal contact alone.

Here are five ways wildlife can cause fires near power lines.

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Topics: Distribution, Substation, Wildfire Mitigation, Wildlife Mitigation

Fire Protection Coating: How to Protect Wooden Utility Poles from Wildfires

Posted by Haley Engel on Apr 17, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Utilities recognize that wooden poles are vulnerable to fire. However, replacing millions of wooden poles with metal or composite ones isn’t realistic from a cost and labor perspective. Reinforcing wooden poles with passive fire protection options is a promising alternative. To maintain the benefits of wood poles, utilities are choosing to deploy passive fire protection solutions in high risk fire areas, controlled burn zones, and active fire paths. This can reduce the duration and cost associated with power outages after a fire. There are two leading options for protecting wooden poles from wildfires: coatings and wraps. These products offer different benefits in terms of serviceability, ease of installation and removal, and breathability.

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Topics: Distribution, Wildfire Mitigation

Components of a Reliable Polymer Compound

Posted by Haley Engel on Mar 25, 2020 3:20:00 PM

Polymer compounds suitable for electrical insulation can consist of 10 or more ingredients which can be broken down to three major categories. These include the base polymer, fillers which can make up nearly 50% of the total compound, and active additives. Compounding of an elastomer with fillers and additives to achieve the desired results for a given application is critical. The components are carefully selected to enhance field performance and ease of manufacture.

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Topics: Distribution, Arresters

Ensure Long-Term Reliability of Polymer for High Voltage Insulation

Posted by Haley Engel on Mar 19, 2020 11:35:00 AM

After defining the characteristics required of an ideal polymer housing material, the next step is to develop an appropriate test protocol. Good polymer compounds used for high voltage insulation should be tested for the ability to resist tracking, erosion, corona, and ultra-violet (UV) radiation exposure to ensure long term reliability. The section below provides a high-level overview of the key test procedures defined to achieve the previously mentioned characteristics. The testing regime, outlined in Table 1, allows various materials to be evaluated and led to the optimum material selection for electrical insulation applications.

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Topics: Distribution, Arresters

More Than Hydrophobicity: Ideal Polymer Characteristics for Distribution Arresters

Posted by Haley Engel on Mar 11, 2020 4:15:00 PM

It’s a commonly held belief that the single most important characteristic for insulating materials is hydrophobicity, the ability to shed water or cause water films to bead, breaking up the potential leakage current path. Because the polymer housing is the primary defense for system critical distribution equipment, there are several other important polymer characteristics worth taking into consideration.

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Topics: Distribution, Arresters

4 Reasons to Switch to Silicone-Coated Fiberglass Construction Products

Posted by Chad Davis on Dec 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Distribution lines can face harsh conditions. If standard products aren’t doing the job and you need more protection for your standoff brackets and guy strains, look no further. Here are four reasons to switch to silicone-coated fiberglass construction products:

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Topics: Distribution, Pole Line Hardware, Safety

Why Fiberglass Guy Strains are More Dependable

Posted by Chad Davis on Aug 1, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Fiberglass Guy Strains may be installed anywhere along the guy wire to help protect against stray current that may be on the guy caused by lightning strikes or other sources. These fiberglass units serve as a replacement for porcelain insulators or johnny balls, and they extend the insulation length. They offer numerous advantages, including:

  • variable lengths
  • easy terminations
  • resistance to fracture caused by brittleness
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Topics: Distribution, Pole Line Hardware, Safety

Distribution System Reliability

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Apr 3, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Distribution lines are likely targets for lightning strikes. Once the lightning touches the line, the surge divides and travels both directions. The lightning surge will then probably cause an insulator to flash over. Why?  

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Topics: Distribution, Arresters

How Switching to Distribution Automation Reduced Power Outage Time

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Mar 7, 2018 4:53:00 PM

"In the old configuration, if we lost either feeder, 750-800 customers were without power until a trouble-crew drove out to open and close the switches to isolate the outage and restore power," shared the utility.

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Topics: Distribution, Automation