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Impulse flashover characteristics of oil palm trunk (OPT) veneer plywood


Gomes, Gorakanage Ashen Indimal and Lim, E Yee and Islam, T. and Md. Tahir, Paridah and Choo, Adrian Cheng Yong and Abdul Halip, Juliana and Gomes, Chandima and Gomes, Ashen E. and Ab Kadir, Mohd Zainal Abidin (2018) Impulse flashover characteristics of oil palm trunk (OPT) veneer plywood. In: 34th International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP 2018), 2-7 Sept. 2018, Rzeszow, Poland. .


Oil palm is one of the largest crop industries in South East Asia, thus, it is of importance to use all parts of the Oil palm trees. Recently Oil Palm Trunks (OPT) have been used to make veneer, which can be processed to produce plywood. Even though OPT plywood doesn't have the same mechanical properties as timber, with proper treatment and adhesives during the processing of veneer to plywood, it can be made to compete with hardwood. OPT plywood has been used in various applications from wooden appliances to housing and roofing structures. These structures are at risk of surface flashovers through lightning and electrical breakdowns. However, no study has been conducted on the effects or characteristics of OPT plywood. In this paper, the effects of impulse surface flashover under different conditions on three-layered OPT plywood has been analyzed. Experiments were conducted to identify the characteristics of OPT under clean and dry, clean and wet, and contaminated surface conditions for both parallel and perpendicular fiber orientations. The 50% breakdown voltage was determined by the up and down method. Results identified the importance of the fibre orientation and the decrease in breakdown voltage under contaminants.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Forestry
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICLP.2018.8503332
Publisher: IEEE
Keywords: Oil palm trunk; Plywood; High voltage
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 01:42
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 01:42
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/68134
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