Identifying sulfur hexafluoride leaks in HV equipment



Identifying leaks of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), used as an electrical insulator in extremely high-voltage utilities applications, generally requires the purchase or rental of an expensive gas detector or hiring an outside consultant. The alternatives are shutting down equipment and using a sniffer (which after some time, can determine only the approximate area of the leak), or coating the entire equipment in soapy water and inspecting (which is extremely time consuming and also requires the equipment to be powered down). Comtest is offering Fluke Ti450 SF6 gas leak detector that combines a high-quality infrared camera with an SF6 leak detector that visually pinpoints the location of these leaks without shutting equipment down. The device allows utility crews to include it as a normal part of their maintenance routine, allowing them to conduct both infrared and gas inspections whenever and wherever necessary.

Contact Comtest, Tel 010 595-1821, sales@comtest.co.za

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