Comparison of Backflashover Performance between a Novel Composite Pylon and Metallic Towers Corresponding Author

Hanchi Zhang*, Mohammad Ghomi, Qian Wang, Filipe Faria da Silva, Claus Leth Bak, Kai Yin, H. Skouboe

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A design of a fully composite pylon with external grounding down-leads has been proposed for new-generation 400 kV transmission towers, able to save lines corridors and to reduce visual impact. This paper investigates and compares the backflashover performance of a composite pylon and two conventional metallic towers, which have been widely installed in Denmark. The transient models of overhead lines and all three towers were established respectively and the transient analysis was carried out in PSCAD. Monte Carlo method was used to estimate backflashover rate. The backflashover rate of composite pylon is 0.4526 cases per 100 km per year, which is in the same range, but slightly higher than that of metallic towers. The separated grounding down-leads of double circuits on composite pylon eliminates the danger of simultaneous backflashover of double circuits, which exists in transmission lines supported by metallic towers. After comparing the overvoltages to three phases of the three towers from backflashover, it is worthy considering that the installation of surge arresters at all three phases of composite pylon has a strong impact on the backflashover rather, but for the two metallic towers only the surge arresters at the upper phase has an impact.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107263
JournalElectric Power Systems Research
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Backflashover rate
  • Frequency-dependent footing model
  • Fully composite pylon
  • Lightning overvoltages
  • Monte Carlo method


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