Lifetime Prediction and Aging Behaviors of Nitrile Butadiene Rubber under Operating Environment of Transformer

  • Qian, Yi-hua (Electric Power Research Institute of Guangdong Power Grid Corporation) ;
  • Xiao, Hong-zhao (College of Chemistry and Molecular Science, Wuhan University) ;
  • Nie, Ming-hao (College of Chemistry and Molecular Science, Wuhan University) ;
  • Zhao, Yao-hong (Electric Power Research Institute of Guangdong Power Grid Corporation) ;
  • Luo, Yun-bai (College of Chemistry and Molecular Science, Wuhan University) ;
  • Gong, Shu-ling (College of Chemistry and Molecular Science, Wuhan University)
  • Received : 2017.08.21
  • Accepted : 2017.12.27
  • Published : 2018.03.01


Based on the actual operating environment of transformer, the aging tests of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) were conducted systematically under four conditions: in air, in transform oil, under compression in air and under compression in transform oil to studythe effect of high temperature, transform oil and compression stress simultaneously on the thermal aging behaviors of nitrile butadiene rubber and predict the lifetime. The effects of liquid media and compression stress simultaneously on the thermal aging behaviors of nitrile butadiene rubber were studied by using characterization methods such as IR spectrosc-opy, thermogravimetric measurements, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measurements and mechanical property measurements. The changes in physical properties during the aging process were analyzed and compared. Different aging conditions yielded materials with different properties. Aging at $70^{\circ}C$ under compression stress in oil, the change in elongation at break was lower than that aging in oil, but larger than that aging under compression in air. The compression set or elongation at break as evaluation indexes, 50% as critical value, the lifetime of NBR at $25^{\circ}C$ was predicted and compared. When aging under compression in oil, the prediction lifetime was lower than in air and under compression in air, and in oil. It was clear that when predicting the service lifetime of NBR in oil sealing application, compression and media liquid should be involved simultaneously. Under compression in oil, compression set as the evaluation index, the prediction lifetime of NBR was shorter than that of elongation at break as the evaluation index. For the life prediction of NBR, we should take into account of the performance trends of NBR under actual operating conditions to select the appropriate evaluation index.


Supported by : China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd., National Natural Science Foundation of China, Wuhan University


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