Tufnol Materials - Moulded Standoff Insulators
Tufnol Stand-off Insulators are resistant to:
– Shock loading
– Climatic deterioration
– Oil and chemical absorption
Giving less need for replacement and plant downtime.
Developed to meet exacting conditions, Tufnol insulators have high strength and, due to their unique combination of physical properties, will withstand climatic extremes without deterioration. They are impervious to moisture, oil and most chemical fumes. Under normal conditions, dirt and dust do not readily adhere to their smooth surfaces. These advantageous features coupled with robust design and proven reliability enables all types of Tufnol moulded insulators to be used with complete satisfaction in arduous industrial environments.
Two types of moulded insulator are available, namely, Bell Type Insulators and Barrel Type Insulators.
They are available in three different types of material,
· paper reinforced phenolic (Kite Brand Tufnol),
· glass fibre reinforced polyester and
· glass fabric reinforced phenolic (Grade 10G/24).
The reinforced phenolic types are recommended where mechanical strength is important. Polyester glass types provide enhanced electrical features but with slightly lower mechanical strength.
There are two standard types of barrel insulator, Type A and Type B.
Both types can be used either horizontally or vertically and have brass inserts which are specially shaped to resist torsion and tension. The inserts are available with a choice of thread sizes. Threaded brass fixing stems, in lengths to suit the users’ requirements, can be supplied with the insulator.
Type A Barrel insulators are made only in polyester glass and are red in colour. They are widely used as stand-off insulators by switchgear and transformer manufacturers.
Type B Barrel insulators are slightly different in shape and have a drip ridge moulded around the middle. They are available in all of the 3 materials previously mentioned. Where rugged heavy duty conditions are likely to be encountered, the Kite Brand type is recommended. However, where conditions are less arduous and mechanical strengths are less important the polyester glass insulators, with their enhanced electrical properties, are an attractive alternative. Tufnol Grade 10G/24 phenolic glass insulators are used where high strength is required at raised temperatures.
Bell insulators are available in all of the 3 alternative materials. They are usually mounted vertically and incorporate a specially designed leakage path to minimise the risk of flashover in adverse conditions. If required, threaded brass fixing stems, in lengths to suit the users’ requirements, can be supplied with the insulator.
The reinforced phenolic insulators have superior mechanical properties and are designed for use up to 660v. Grade 10G/24 is recommended for use in temperatures ranging from 100°C to 150°C and where chemical resistance is required. Each insulator is proof tested at 2.2kV for one minute and is stamped accordingly before despatch.
The polyester glass types are manufactured from a dough moulding compound and have enhanced electrical features but slightly lower mechanical strength.
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