Your most pressing questions related to moisture in transformer oil

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Vaisala power transformer monitoring experts, Senja Leivo and Steven Jiroutek answered the most pressing questions from the audience related to moisture in transformer oil in our Q&A webinar.

We invite you to follow the whole webinar, which is available on-demand, and here are just a few examples of the types of questions that were asked:  

Q: How can we monitor real time moisture transport between the cellulose paper, pressboard, wood support structures during transformer overload?
A: Online moisture monitoring in the oil circulation gives good indication on how much water is released from paper and other cellulose material surfaces. Moisture from inner parts of paper, pressboard or wood will not move to oil.

Read more of Vaisala online monitors: Optimus™ DGA Monitor OPT100 and Moisture, Hydrogen and Temperature Transmitter MHT410.

Q: Is there any consistent correlation between the top oil temperature and moisture content of the oil? Migration of moisture between paper and oil relative to temperature?
A: The higher the temperature the more moisture migrates out of paper surfaces. However, the amount of moisture coming to oil depends on the moisture content of solid insulation. Characteristics of a specific transformer can be seen with longer time online moisture monitoring.

Q: What is a competitive advantage of Vaisala moisture sensors?
A: Good sensitivity in very dry oil and extremely good long-term stability. Also against degradation from by-products of oil.

Read a more detailed explanation in Vaisala HUMICAP® Sensor for Measuring Moisture in Oil.

Register here to THE webinar to SEE all the questions and answers.




Senja Leivo

Meet the expert: Senja Leivo

Senja is the Senior Industry Expert at Vaisala, specializing in the condition monitoring of power transformers. With 25 years of international industrial experience, she plays a crucial role in integrating customer feedback into R&D. She’s been a key contributor to the development of Vaisala’s multi-gas DGA monitor.

An experienced speaker at industry conferences, Senja actively engages in international research collaborations, e.g. CIGRE and IEC working groups, and other initiatives focused on transformer condition assessment.

Steven Jiroutek

Steven Jiroutek

Business Development Manager

Steven Jiroutek is the Business Development Manager for Industrial Measurements at Vaisala, Americas.  With over 14 years of experience at Vaisala, he oversees the business and strategy development for targeted industrial applications with specific focus on condition based monitoring of high voltage assets.  He is responsible for identifying strategic partnerships and defining the measurement, technology and product needs of the markets.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

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