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An ensemble-boosting algorithm for classifying partial discharge defects in electrical assets.

Mas'ud, Abdullahi Abubakar; Ardila-Rey, Jorge Alfredo; Albarrac�n, Ricardo; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus


Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud

Jorge Alfredo Ardila-Rey

Ricardo Albarrac�n

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki


This paper presents an ensemble-boosting algorithm (EBA) for classifying partial discharge (PD) patterns in the condition monitoring of insulation diagnosis applied for electrical assets. This approach presents an optimization technique for creating a sequence of artificial neural network (ANNs), where the training data for each constituent of the sequence is selected based on the performance of previous ANNs. Four different PD faults scenarios were manufactured in the high-voltage (HV) laboratory to simulate the PD faults of cylindrical voids in methacrylate, point-air-plane configuration, ceramic bushing with contaminated surface and a transformer affected by the internal PD. A PD dataset was collected, pre-processed and prepared for its use in the improved boosting algorithm using statistical techniques. In this paper, the EBA is extensively compared with the widely used single artificial neural network (SNN). Results show that the proposed approach can effectively improve the generalization capability of the PD patterns. The application of the proposed technique for both online and offline practical PD recognition is examined.


MAS'UD, A.A., ARDILA-REY, J.A., ALBARACIN, R. and MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F. 2017. An ensemble-boosting algorithm for classifying partial discharge defects in electrical assets. Machines [online], 5(3), article ID 18. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 4, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2017
Publication Date Sep 30, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2017
Journal Machines
Electronic ISSN 2075-1702
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
Article Number 18
Keywords Condition monitoring; Insulation diagnosis; Electrical assets; Partial discharge; Artificial neural networks; Single artificial neural network; Ensemble boosting algorithm
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