Electrical Engineering

, Volume 93, Issue 4, pp 209–216

The simplified method for transient thermal field analysis in a polymeric DC cable


  • Jerzy Gołębiowski
    • Faculty of Electrical EngineeringTechnical University of Białystok
    • Faculty of Electrical EngineeringTechnical University of Białystok

DOI: 10.1007/s00202-011-0207-5


The simplified method of analysis of the thermal field in the futuristic model of a DC cable is presented. The thermal conductivity of a non-conducting layer is very small comparing with the same parameter of conducting regions. The above causes very fast heat propagation in the core and coating, which in the consequences are approximated by inert elements of the first order. Spatial changes in the field in insulation cannot be neglected, because of the significantly slow heat transfer. For that reason, insulation is treated as an element of distributed parameters. The boundary-initial parabolic problem of a non-conducting region is solved by means of Duhamel’s theorem. The fundamental solutions of superposition integrals are determined by the separation of variables method. The maximal deviation of results obtained by the finite element method does not exceed 7.2%. The heating curves and results of verification are presented in a graphic form.


Transient heat transfer in DC cables Current transmission Asymptotic and analytical methods Duhamel’s integral


The paper was prepared at Bialystok Technical University within a framework of the S/WE/3/08 project sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland.

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