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Centre for Power Transformer Monitoring, Diagnostics and Life Management
The Annual Meeting of the CIGRE Australian Panel
A2 “Transformers” was held at Monash University Clayton on 30 September – 2
Department of ECSE and the Centre for Power Transformer Monitoring,
Diagnostics and Life Management (The transformerLIFE Centre) welcomed
the Members of the CIGRE Australian Panel A2 “Transformers” for their Annual Meeting held at Monash University Clayton on 30 September – 2 October 2009.
For more information.
General Information about CPTM
The Centre for Power Transformer Monitoring, Diagnostics and Life Management (CPTM) has been established under the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) initiative of the Government of Victoria. The Centre is funded by the State Government and a consortium that initially consisted of Monash University and 12 power industry companies. The duration of the STI Program is three years; the commencement date is 1 July 2005. The initial total cost of the STI Program was $3.61m, in which the funding from the STI was $1,59m. Since then, the total cost of the STI Program has increased to $4.57m, thanks to additional contributions from the existing participants and new Sponsorships – currently there are 16 power industry companies in the consortium.
The primary objectives of the Centre are to develop new technologies, computer algorithms and equipment for monitoring, diagnostics and life management of power transformers. Other activities of the Centre include studies into vegetable oil for power transformers, winding looseness detection, thermal and moisture modelling of transformers, and providing training and consulting services to the industry.
The Centre comprises three laboratories: EPRI Project Research Laboratory, Power Transformer Monitoring & Diagnostics Research Laboratory, and the new Transformer Testing Facility (built in 2006, photographs, latest photographs), fully integrated.
EPRI Project Research Laboratory
The EPRI Project Research Laboratory supports research investigations into the effects of moisture and gas dynamics on the performance of oil-paper insulation systems of large power transformers. Sophisticated test rigs are available to precisely simulate conditions existing in real transformers, so that new means to monitor these conditions in the field can then be developed.
Power Transformer Monitoring & Diagnostics Research Laboratory
The Power Transformer Monitoring & Diagnostics Research Laboratory facilitates research and development of new monitoring and diagnostics techniques for on-line and off-line applications, experimental studies into aging mechanisms of power transformer insulation systems, and physical and chemical analytical tests of oil and insulation samples. These samples are obtained from the Monash test rigs, received from old and new transformers operating in the power utilities of North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia, and also received from new transformers manufactured at the local factory.
Transformer Testing Facility
The new Transformer Testing Facility has been opened on 6 October 2006. The facility features a special test transformer with a dedicated control and monitoring system, means for testing and assessment of industrial on-line an off-line monitoring and diagnostic techniques, and means for testing and assessment of industrial on-line transformer oil and insulation processing technologies.
The consortium of the Centre for Power Transformer Monitoring, Diagnostics and Life Management consists of the end users, commercialisation partners and a research organisation as follows:
· Unincorporated Joint Venture (UJV) members:
o Monash University
o Wilson Transformer Company (WTC), Victoria
o Dynamic Ratings (DR), Victoria
o TJ|H2b Analytical Services (TJ|H2b), Victoria and USA;
o Nine energy utilities:
§ 3 from Victoria (Distribution and Transmission businesses of SP AusNet, and Powercor/CitiPower)
§ 3 from Qld (Powerlink, Ergon and Energex)
§ 2 from NSW (Country Energy and EnergyAustralia)
§ 1 from New Zealand (Transpower);
o A manufacturer of transformer insulation: Weidmann Company, Switzerland
o An insurance company: Factory Mutual Insurance Company (FM Global), USA;
· Equipment Suppliers:
o LumaSense Technologies (former Luxtron Inc.), USA.
o Nynas, Sweden.
Sponsors restricted information.
Dr. Valery Davydov, Centre Director
Dr. Andrew Reykherdt
Dr. Dejan Susa
Mr. Nick Lelekakis
Mr. Jaury Wijaya
Dr. David Fernandez
Dr. Wenyu Guo
Dr. Daniel Martin
Dr. Oleg Roizman, Consultant
Mr. Arne Petersen, Consulting Manager Business Development
Management & Scientific Advisory Board
Mr. Stephen Blanch, Board Chairman, Independent
Mr. Robert Wilson, Wilson Transformer Company
Prof. David Morgan, Monash University
Dr. Valery Davydov, Monash University
Dr. David Lyster, Monash Commercial
Mr. Gary Towns, SP AusNet
Mr. Terry Lampard, EnergyAustralia
Mr. Mike Gregg, Energex
Mr. Robin Winckworth, Board Secretary, Wilson Transformer Company.
Board Member restricted information.
Web sites of the UJV Members: