SERVICES AND LABS

HIGH VOLTAGE TESTING

The screened High Voltage hall, 40 m x 25 m x 25 m (h) m, is the main test hall of the HV Laboratory. It is equipped with a power frequency generator up to 1 MV (50 Hz / 60 Hz), and a voltage impulses generator up to 2.4 MV (lightning impulses) or 1.6 MV (switching impulses) .

The screened Medium Voltage hall, 29 m x 13 m x 12 m (h) is the secondary test hall. It is divided into five testing cells, to perform power frequency tests up to 150 kV, lightning impulse tests up to 400 kV, ratio and phase measurements on instrument transformers, high sensitivity partial discharges measurements (Faraday cage), and other performance tests on power transformers and prefabricated substations, (short-circuit impedance, losses, temperature rise test, winding resistance measurement, induced overvoltage test, measurement of noise level).

More information: tgarcia@ffii.es
INDIVIDUAL TESTING AREAS ALLOW SIMULTANEOUS TESTING OF DIFFERENT ITEMS
MAXIMUN VOLTAGE OR CURRENT STANDARD/REMARKS
IMPULSE TESTING
Lightning Impulse 2000 kV IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
Switching Impulse (Dry & Wet) 1600 kV IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
AC TESTING
Dry tests 900 kV, 50/60 Hz IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
Wet tests 800 kV, 50/60 Hz IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
Induced tests 800 kV, 120 Hz IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
AC Current 8000 A 50/60 Hz IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
DC TESTING
Dry 200 kV IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
Wet 200 kV IEC, ANSI, CENELEC
OTHER TEST
Partial Discharge Measurement 500 kV IEC, ANSI
RIV Measurement 400 kV CISPR, NEMA
Capacitance & Tan & measurement 200 kV
Pollution Testing 240 kV
Temperature-rise tests 8000 A 50/60 Hz
CLIMATIC CHAMBER: DIMENSION: 5 M LENGTH X 2M WIDTH X 3M HEIGHT
CLIMATIC TESTING STANDARD RANGE OF TEMPERATURE
Icing, Environmental Tests IEC -40 °C up to +60 °C, up to 95 % HR

HIGH POWER TESTING

By means of an agreement with HPL (laboratory of Ormazabal group, located in Boroa, Bilbao), combining personnel, expertise and measurement systems of LCOE with the HPL facilities.

TEST RATINGS
MEDIUM VOLTAGE TESTS (up to 36 kV AC)
Short time and peak withstand current 40 kA / 3 s (50 / 60 Hz)
Short-circuit making and breaking tests 16 kA/40,5 kV; 20 kA/36 kV; 31,5 kA/24 kV; 40 kA/12 kV (50 / 60 Hz)
Making and breaking of active loads up to 2000 A /40,5 kV (50 / 60 Hz)
Making and breaking of capacitive loads up to 100 A /40,5 kV (50 / 60 Hz)
Internal arc 40 kA /1 s (50 / 60 Hz)
Transformers short circuit up to 20 MVA /36 kV (50 / 60 Hz)
LOW VOLTAGE TESTS (up to 700 V AC)
Short time and peak withstand current 80 kA / 1 s (50 / 60 Hz)
Internal arc 80 kA /1 s (50 / 60 Hz)
COMPONENTS TESTED
  • Instrument transformers
  • Switchgear (MV and LV)
  • Power transformers
  • Cables and accessories
  • R&D+i applications
TESTS AVAILABLE
  • Short time and peak withstand current tests
  • Short circuit tests
  • Switching tests
  • Power arc tests
More information: jabregel@ffii.es

HIGH CURRENT IMPULSES TESTS

The high current impulse tests are performed in a separate, specific chamber from the general high voltage tests. This chamber was designed by LCOE as an internal R&D project in order to meet the demand on Aircraft Lightning Direct Effect tests. Since the beginning, the high current laboratory has continued evolving by diversifying its test catalogue. These test catalogue ratings are summarized in the table below.

WAVEFORMS RATINGS
AIRCRAFTS
High Current Testing All waveforms and zones defined by the standard
High Voltage Testing Waveforms A and B up to 2000 kV Waveform D up to 1600 kV.
HIGH VOLTAGE SURGE ARRESTERS
Distribution Up to Heavy Duty Distribution Qrs ≥ 0.4 C
Substation Up to Substation Low. Qrs ≥ 1 C. Wth≥ 4 kJ/kV
LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM COMPONENTS
Waveform 10/350 µs. Up to 200 kA.
More information: aramirez@ffii.es