Composite Materials in Overhead Lines: Present and Future Solutions

Thomas Kjærsgaard Sørensen, Joachim Holbøll

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearch


The use of composite materials, e.g. fibreglass materials, in overhead transmission line systems is nothing new. Composite based insulators have been applied to transmission lines for over 30 years, mainly as suspension and post insulators and often as an option for special applications. Also towers and recently conductors based on composite materials are available at transmission levels. In this paper it is investigated which composite based solutions are available in connection with complete overhead line systems including insulators, towers and conductors. The components are reviewed with respect to solved and persisting known failures/problems of both mechanical and electrical nature. Major challenges related to extensive use of composite materials in an overhead line system are identified, as are possible benefits - both when using standard as well as customised composite components, e.g. insulating crossarms combining the electrical insulating properties of composites with their excellent mechanical strength. The paper will also cover specific design proposals, as investigated in a PhD project on composite based overhead line systems currently being carried out in collaboration between the Technical University of Denmark and the Danish TSO,
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNORD-IS 09: Symposion Papers
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventNordic Insulation Symposion - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceNordic Insulation Symposion
CityGothenburg, Sweden
Period01/01/2009 → …


Dive into the research topics of 'Composite Materials in Overhead Lines: Present and Future Solutions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this