High Voltage Transmission Lines: Pros and Cons

by George S. Bingham, (M.ASCE), Ebasco Services, Portland, Ore.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 9, Pg. 89-89

Document Type: Feature article


This article, written in response to a CE Engineering News item, puts into perspective some of the pros and cons of high voltage transmission lines (500 and 765-kV lines). Specific problems discussed are the effects of corona (audible noise, radio/television interference and ozone production), and the effects of the electric and magnetic fields around these lines. Ways to correct or minimize these problems are presented. Studies conducted to determine harmful effects of 765-kV lines and a prototype 1100-kV line are summarized.

Subject Headings: Power transmission | Power transmission lines | Ozone | Magnetic fields

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