# Moisture Measurement & Control in SF6 Gas Switchgear

 Partial Pressure of water vapour : That part of a total pressure of a gas that is exerted by the water vapour component in the gas. Expressed in units of pressure such as pascals (Pa), millibar (mbar) or millimetres of mercury (mmHg). Saturation water vapour pressure : The maximum pressure of water vapour that can exist in a gas at a given temperature. Expressed in units of pressure as partial water vapour pressure. Parts per million (Volume) : The ratio of the volume of water vapour to the total volume of gas. (Mole fraction times on million). Expressed as ppm (v). Parts per million (Weight of Mass) : The ratio of the weight or mass of water vapour too the total weight or mass of gas. (Specific humidity times one million) Expressed as ppm (w). Dewpoing : The temperature at which dew, or condensation, forms on cooling a gas. This is. in effect, the temperature at which gas becoming saturated in equilibrium with water. Although below freezing point, the correct term for saturation in equilibrium with ice is "Frostpoint", through common practice, the term "Dewpoint", irrespective of temperature, is used. It should be noted that, in the table of hygrometric equivalents on the opposite page, all negative "Dewpoints" are in equilibrium with ice. Dewpoint is expressed in degrees celsius (0C) or degrees fahrenheit (0 F). Absolute Humidity : The mass of water vapour in a unit volume of moist gas at a given temperature and pressure. Expressed as grams per cubic metre (g/m2) or pounds of water per million cubic feet of gas (lb / MMSCF). Relative Humidity : Relative humidity is the ratio of water vapour pressure to the saturation water vapour pressure, at a given temperature and pressure, expressed as a percentage.

Dew Point

If the moisture content is known in PPMV, to find the dew point in C the water vapour pressure is calculated by multiplying the ppmv measurement by the system absolute pressure to obtain the partial pressure of the water vapour. Table below shows the relationship between temperature and saturated water vapour pressure. If the water vapour pressure at the corresponding temperature shows in table, the water vapour begins to condense.

Table : 1

Pressure of saturated aqueous vapour in mm, Hz for temperature of -59 0C to +109 0C

 Temp 0C 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 -50 0.029 0.026 0.023 0.02 0.017 0.015 0.013 0.012 0.01 0.009 -40 0.096 0.086 0.076 0.068 0.06 0.054 0.048 0.042 0.037 0.033 -30 0.288 0.259 0.233 0.209 0.188 0.169 0.151 0.135 0.121 0.108 -20 0.783 0.712 0.646 0.585 0.53 0.48 0.434 0.392 0.354 0.319 -10 1.964 1.798 1.644 1.503 1.373 1.252 1.142 1.041 0.947 0.861 -0 4.58 4.22 3.887 3.578 3.291 3.025 2.778 2.55 2.34 2.144 0 4.58 4.92 5.29 5.68 6.1 6.54 7.01 7.51 8.04 8.61 10 9.21 9.85 10.52 11.24 11.99 12.79 13.64 14.54 15.49 16.49 20 17.55 18.66 19.84 21.09 22.4 23.78 25.24 26.77 28.38 30.08 30 31.86 33.74 35.7 37.78 39.95 42.23 44.62 47.13 49.76 52.51 40 55.4 58.42 61.58 64.89 68.35 71.97 75.75 79.7 83.83 88.14 50 92.6 97.3 102.2 107.3 112.7 118.2 124 130 136.3 142.8 60 149.6 156.6 164 171 179.5 187.8 196.3 205.2 214.4 224 70 233.9 244.2 254 266 277.4 289.3 301.6 314.4 327.6 341.2 80 355.4 370.3 385.2 400.8 417 433.7 451 468.8 487.3 506.3 90 526 546.3 567.2 588.8 611.1 634.1 657.8 682.2 707.4 733.3 100 760 787.5 815.9 845 875.1 906 937.8 970.5 1004 1039

Example :

What is the dew point of an SF6 system having a moisture content of 300 PPMV at guage pressure 152 kPa (22psig)

Pressure = 300 * 10 -4 (22 + 14.7) 51.7 = 0.57mmHg

The 51.7 multiplier is used to convert the pressure from psia to mmHg for use with Table :1

(760 mmHg = 14.7 psi, so 1 psi = 760/14.7 = 51.7 mmHg)

The pressure act which the measurment was taken now enters the converssion calculation. For example : if the guage pressure was 600 kPa (87 psig) when the same moisture reading of 300 PPMV was taken, the dew point is now - 12 C. Thus, when converting and comparing PPMV or PPMW and dwe point reading, the pressure at which the reading is recorded is extreamly important

Many instruments that measure dew pointoperate at the system pressure. Instruments that measure PPMV are designed for use at pressure slightly higher than atmospheric pressure - gauge pressure slightly above 0 kPa (0 psig) to provide gas flow for sampling. Normaly, the system sampling valve is opened slightly to mentain the gas flow and take a PPMV measurment at a pressure of slightly above atmospheric pressure. This difference in instrument operation shall be taken into account when converting and comparing dew point and PPMV levels

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Table 2 - Recommended moisture limits and specification from various manufacturers.

 Moistures Limit (In PPMV) Breakers Other Equipments Remarks Manufacturers A 400 550 B 100 Dead tank puffer - 1 400 Dead tank puffer - 2 810 Live tank puffer 800 Bus C 120 600 D 300 300 E 70 Two pressure type 150 Bus with disconnect switch 500 Bus w/o disconnect switch F 150 1000 SF6 gas manufacturer A 11* 11* Typical new gas specification Standards IEC 176 (1971) * (B1) 120* 120* New SF6 gas ASTM D2472 - 90* (B1) 71 71 New SF6 gas