High voltage direct current (HVDC) power cables are usually exposed to high value of stresses from lightning impulses and switching surges (over voltages) at working under load and no load. In this research used a detail analysis for stresses behavior in the insulation of cable at over voltages and at both modes (load & no load). It also shows the effect of such over voltages (lightning impulse & switching surges) on space charge accumulation in the insulation of the cables at load and no load. The investigated cable is of rated voltage 33Kv insulated by cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE).Electrical field and space charge accumulation are carried out theoretically by the aids of computer programs. The results give an indication of the maximum stresses occurs in the cables insulation at over voltages for both modes (load and no load), and also give an induction of the space charge accumulation at over voltage and at load and no load. The results show that maximum stress occurred by lightning impulse is found much higher than that of switching operation for load and no load but the switching surge has longer period. Also the results show that the space charges accumulation at lightning impulse are more than at switching surges for both modes (load & on load). Both main results (Electrical stresses and space charge accumulation) are found depends on the polarity of the over voltages.
Keywords: HVDC stress distribution at load, XLPE HVDC at load & no load