he protection should not operate for starting currents, permissibleover-current, and current surges.
o achieve this, the time delay isprovided (in case of inverse relays). If time delay cannot bepermitted, high-set instantaneous relaying is used.
he protection should be coordinated with neighboring over-current protections so as to discriminate.
Applications of Over-current Protection
Over-current protection has a wide range of applications. It can be appliedwhere there is an abrupt difference between fault current within the protectedsection and that outside the protected section and these magnitudes are almostconstant.
he over-current protection is provided for the following:
otor Protection Over-current protection is the basic type of protection used against overloadsand short-circuits in stator windings of motors. Inverse time and instantaneousphase and ground over-current relays can be employed for motors above 1
or small/medium size motors where cost of C
s and protective relays isnot economically justified, thermal relays and
C fuses are employed, thermalrelays used for overload protection and
C fuses for short-circuit protection.
ransformers are provided with over-current protection against faults, only,when the cost of differential relaying cannot be justified.
owever, over-currentrelays are provided in addition to differential relays to take care of throughfaults.
emperature indicators and alarms are always provided for largetransformers.
Small transformers below 5
kVA installed in distribution system are generallyprotected by drop-out fuses, as the cost of relays plus circuit-breakers is notgenerally justified Line Protection.
he lines (feeders) can be protected by
Instantaneous over-current relays.
Inverse time over-current relays.
irectional over-current relay.
Lines can be protected by impedance or carrier current protection also.
Protection of Utility Equipment
he furnaces, industrial installations commercial, industrial and domesticequipment are all provided with over-current protection.
elays used in Over-current Protection
he choice of relay for over-current protection depends upon the
ime / currentcharacteristic and other features desired.
he following relays are used.
or instantaneous over-current protection. Attracted armature type,moving iron type,permanent magnet moving coil type and static.