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Partial discharge detection using low cost RTL-SDR model for wideband spectrum sensing.

Mohamed, H.; Lazaridis, P.; Upton, D.; Khan, U.; Saeed, B.; Jaber, A.; Zhang, Y.; Mather, P.; Vieira, M.F.Q.; Barlee, K.W.; Atkinson, D.S.W.; Mihovska, A.; Gavrilovska, L.; Glover, I.A.


H. Mohamed

P. Lazaridis

D. Upton

B. Saeed

A. Jaber

Y. Zhang

P. Mather

M.F.Q. Vieira

K.W. Barlee

D.S.W. Atkinson

A. Mihovska

L. Gavrilovska

I.A. Glover


Partial discharge (PD) is one of the predominant factors to be controlled to ensure reliability and undisrupted functions of power generators, motors, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) and grid connected power distribution equipment, especially in the future smart grid. The emergence of wireless technology has provided numerous opportunities to optimise remote monitoring and control facilities that can play a significant role in ensuring swift control and restoration of HV plant equipment. In order to monitor PD, several approaches have been employed, however, the existing schemes do not provide an optimal approach for PD signal analysis, and are very costly. In this paper an RTL-SDR (Software Defined Radio) based spectrum analyser has been proposed in order to provide a potentially low cost solution for PD detection and monitoring. Initially, a portable spectrum analyser has been used for PD detection that was later replaced by an RTL-SDR device. The proposed schemes exhibit promising results for spectral detection within the VHF and UHF band.


MOHAMED, H., LAZARIDIS, P., UPTON, D., KHAN, U., SAEED, B., JABER, A., ZHANG, Y., MATHER, P., VIEIRA, M.F.Q., BARLEE, K.W., ATKINSON, D.S.W., MIHOVSKA, A., GAVRILOVSKA, L. and GLOVER, I.A. 2016. Partial discharge detection using low cost RTL-SDR model for wideband spectrum sensing. In Proceedings of 23rd International conference on telecommunications 2016 (ICT 2016), 16-18 May 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article ID 7500353. Available from:

Conference Name 23rd International conference on telecommunications (ICT)
Conference Location Thessaloniki, Greece
Start Date May 16, 2016
End Date May 18, 2016
Acceptance Date Mar 13, 2016
Online Publication Date May 18, 2016
Publication Date Jun 30, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 5, 2020
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN 9781479980789
Keywords Partial discharge detection; Spectrum sensing; RTL-SDR; Software defined radio
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