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Overcurrent protection

Products from DSE providing readings of the generator current require current transformers to measure this current. Selection and
connection of the CTs is detailed in the document Using CTs with DSE products (DSE Part number 056-005).
Many DSE products use the CT measurements to provide protection against generator overcurrent. These are :

Current instrumentation
(Applicable to DSE7000, DSE5500, DSE5300, DSE5200, DSE6110, DSE6120, DSE710, DSE720 and DSE560 modules.)

The CTs are used to display current. DSE8000, DSE7000, DSE5500, DSE5300, DSE5200 series additionally use the
current measurement to show VA, kW and pf (cos).

Instantaneous overcurrent protection

Applicable to DSE560 modules

As soon as the current is detected as being above the trip point the module will generate an alarm condition.

Delayed Overload protection (Timer only)

Applicable to DSE7100, DSE6100, DSE6000, DSE710 & DSE720 modules

When the current is detected as being above the trip point, a timer begins. If the current remains above the trip point for the period
of the timer, the overcurrent alarm is generated.

Delayed Overload
protection (IDMT alarm)
Applicable to DSE8000 / DSE7300 / DSE7200 /
DSE5500 / DSE5300 / DSE5200 series

When the current is detected as being above

the trip point, a warning alarm is generated,
the set continues to run on load.
The IDMT curve is now followed.
The amount of overload determines how fast
the module will trip the generator.
Using the factory default settings of Time
multiplier = 36, Delayed Overcurrent =100%
allows the generator to run at 110% for one
hour (3600 seconds) before the generator is
tripped. (typical IDMT curve is shown below).
As the factory settings are designed to
protect a typical brushless alternator there is
usually no requirement to change them.

Delayed overcurrent (IDMT) tripping curve showing

tripping time in seconds







056-010 Issue 3 Overcurrent Protection

Current as a multiple of the trip-point setting
(tripping curve = 36)


056-010 Issue 3 Overcurrent Protection