UtilX Corporation

Kent, WA, United States

UtilX Corporation

Kent, WA, United States

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Utilx Corporation | Date: 2013-01-09

A sensor detects partial discharges (PDs) in an electrical power system and generates a corresponding analog electrical signal. A data acquisition component receives the signal from the sensor and converts it to digitized zero span data for a series of uniformly spaced frequencies in a frequency spectrum of interest. A digital signal processing component receives the digitized zero span data, analyzes such data, and generates a corresponding phase resolved spectrum signal in three dimensional format including dimensions of amplitude, phase and frequency for each of the uniformly spaced frequencies. A display component receives the analyzed data stream from the processing component and actuates one or more displays from which characteristics of the PD can be identified, such as different types of PDs from different sources, and information on the location of a PD relative to the sensor.


Patent
UTILX Corporation | Date: 2015-01-14

A cable connection assembly for coupling a cable to an apparatus. The cable connection assembly may include a main body defining an inner cavity adapted to receive a pressurized fluid and receive at least a portion of the cable. The cable connection assembly may also include an attachment mechanism adapted to couple the main body to the cable and a seal assembly adapted to sealingly couple the main body to the apparatus. The cable connection assembly may also include an inlet port passing through the main body for permitting the pressurized fluid to be injected into the inner cavity.


Patent
UTILX Corporation | Date: 2011-12-28

A cable connection assembly for coupling a cable to an apparatus. The cable connection assembly includes a collar adapted to sealingly engage the apparatus, the collar having a fastener for coupling the collar to the cable by rotating the collar into locking engagement with at least a portion of the cable.


Patent
UTILX Corporation | Date: 2013-03-15

An injection protocol for a cable includes selecting a cable for testing, selecting a pre-injection electrical discharge test for determining if electrical discharge activity occurs at or about operating voltage of the cable, configuring the cable for the pre-injection electrical discharge test; running the pre-injection electrical discharge test on the cable, and determining whether to inject the cable with a restorative fluid based upon electrical discharge activity detected at or about operating voltage of the cable.


Patent
Utilx Corporation | Date: 2015-02-13

A number of TDR systems and testing methods are provided that improve the quality and accuracy of information collected when propagating a signal along a length of cable in order to pinpoint specific anomalies. One or more of the TDR systems includes, for example, a computing device, a pulse generator, and at least one capacitive test sensor. The at least one capacitive test sensor transmits/receives pulses to/from a power system component, such as an insulated power cable, in a capacitive manner.


A capacitor component is adapted for capacitive coupling to an electrical power apparatus in which a PD is suspected, such as a shielded power cable; and an impedance transformance device has an input side connected directly to the capacitor component. Together the two components are used as a sensor to pick up and convey PD signals to a PD signal-analyzing system. Although the two components inherently form a classic high-pass RC filter, in accordance with the invention the input impedance at the capacitor side is much greater than the output impedance at the signal-analyzing system side. The effect is to pass much more of the lower frequency components of the PD signal for analysis by the PD signal-analyzing system than if the tranformance device were not included.


Patent
Utilx Corporation | Date: 2012-04-30

Data acquisition systems and methods for acquiring test data associated with standard insulated power cables and/or power equipment such as switchgears, transformers, electric motors, etc are disclosed. The test data may then be subsequently analyzed for defects, such as the presence of faults, discharges (e.g., PD, coronas, arcing, etc.). The systems may store the acquired test data on removable, non volatile memory, such as Flash memory. The removable memory may be retrieved by an un-skilled technician periodically and returned to a lab or other test facility for subsequent analysis by highly trained analysts.


Patent
Utilx Corporation | Date: 2012-04-20

A valve assembly configured to close off the flow of fluid within a fluid injection assembly includes a fluid column having a first open end and a second open end. A fluid flow path is defined between the first and second open ends of the fluid column, and a saturation valve portion is disposed within the fluid flow path. The saturation valve portion is a first configuration when no fluid is flowing through the fluid flow path, and the saturation valve portion transitions to a second configuration when fluid is flowing through the fluid flow path.


Patent
UTILX Corporation | Date: 2013-01-02

A cable connection assembly for coupling a cable to an apparatus. The cable connection assembly may include a main body defining an inner cavity adapted to receive a pressurized fluid and receive at least a portion of the cable. The cable connection assembly may also include an attachment mechanism adapted to couple the main body to the cable and a seal assembly adapted to sealingly couple the main body to the apparatus. The cable connection assembly may also include an inlet port passing through the main body for permitting the pressurized fluid to be injected into the inner cavity.


The charge value of a partial discharge pulse in an electrical cable is provided by analyzing the frequency spectrum of the propagated pulse in a spectrum analyzer 21 to generate sets of spectrum signals, each including a magnitude and a frequency of a component of the pulse. A laptop computer has a processor, receives the spectrum signals, and has one or more application computer programs operable to perform the calculations of Equations 2-6, finds the bandwidth and energy of the spectrum signals from which the computer programs derive unknown time domain parameters including the maximum value of the pulse and the time interval of the pulse at half its maximum value. With those parameters, the program reconstructs a time domain signal of the pulse and integrates that signal to provide the charge value of the partial discharge.

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