Impact of Wind on Pollution Accumulation Rate on Outdoor Insulators Near Shoreline

Muhammad Majid Hussain, Shahab Farokhi, Scott McMeekin, Masoud Farzaneh

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


    The present paper is an experimental investigation of the impact of wind speed on the pollution accumulation rate on outdoor insulators near coastal areas. Outdoor insulators near shoreline suffer from rapid saline accumulation due to heavy wind coming from the seashore, which is more dangerous in foggy weather conditions. A method was developed in laboratory to evaluate the impact of wind velocity and direction on the pollution accumulation rate on outdoor insulators and subsequently to determine a suitable mitigation method. In order to replicate seashore conditions on outdoor insulators an experimental setup was designed and installed inside an environmental chamber and was equipped with a wind generator and shoreline specification salts (NaCl, CaSO4), as well as a kaolin powder injection system. ESDD and NSDD were measured on the top and bottom of insulator surfaces at different wind speeds. Useful observations were made, measuring wind speed and salt deposit density on energized and non-energized insulators. It was found that pollution accumulation rate increases as speed increases up to 8 m/s but that it decreases when the wind speed is higher than 8 m/s. Moreover, the pollution accumulation rate was different in energized and non-energized states.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC)
    Subtitle of host publication6-9 July 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA
    EditorsAllen L. Garner
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2354-7 , 978-1-5090-2352-3
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-2355-4
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2017


    • wind speed
    • pollution accumulation
    • outdoor insulators
    • shoreline
    • ESDD
    • NSDD


    Dive into the research topics of 'Impact of Wind on Pollution Accumulation Rate on Outdoor Insulators Near Shoreline'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this