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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 3)
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Determination of the Insulation Classification of Some Nigerian Wood Species

A.M.O. Obiazi
Corresponding Author:  OBIAZI Adagbonyin Moses 

Key words:  Wood, insulation, impregnation, samples, species, temperature, heat-run
Vol. 1 , (3): Page No: 85-89
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 July, 15

The insulation or dielectric circuit of electrical machines constitutes their weakest member, as copper and steel, the other chief constituents can withstand elevated temperatures. It is therefore imperative to qualify electrical insulating materials therm ally by determining their insulation class. In this paper, tw elve sample varieties of Nigerian wood species–Abeza, Afara, Agbagum, Aper, Bomba, Danta, Gameliana, Iroko, Mahogany, Obeche, Opepe, and White wood, were experimented with to determine their insulation classification. The samples were cut into definite dimensions and weighed. Each wood species was made into two samples; one sample was left in its ordinary state while the other was impregnated with an insulating varnish. Both samples w ere subjected to a heat-run in a sealed industrial oven. The insulation resistance of each sample was measured at regular temperature intervals until the sample burns out. The measured values of weight, insulation resistance and temperature are shown in tables. Curves were plotted to show the variation of insulation resistance with temperature. From the experiments, eight of the wood species- Danta, Afara, Obeche, Mahogany, Opepe, Abeza, A per and Iroko can be used for class H insulation while the other four species- Gameliana, Agbagum, Bomba and White wood are suitable for class F insulation.
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A.M.O. Obiazi, 2009. Determination of the Insulation Classification of Some Nigerian Wood Species.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 1(3): Page No: 85-89.
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