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# Lecture Grid Calculation Exercise Earth fault current in cable network

Goal of this exercise: to get an idea of the range of magnitude of earth fault current The following grid is given:

Cable parameter

## R20 = 0,0967 /km X1 = 0,179 /km CE = 0,456 F/km Cb = CE

The earth fault current has to be calculated according to the method of symmetrical components: Calculation of impedances Definition of the symmetrical component networks Interconnection of the symmetrical component networks Calculation of the currents in 012-system Calculation of the earth fault current Calculation of the voltages in 012-system Calculation of the voltages in abc-system Calculation of earth fault factor Drawing of the phasor diagrams

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110-kV-grid

Z1Q =

(110 kV )2
2000 MVA
Z1Q =

= 6 ,05
6,05 = 0,05 110

2 = 110

Transformer

Z1T = 0,1

(10,5 kV )2
20 MVA

= 0,551

R1T = 0,01
2

(10,5 kV )2
20 MVA
2

= 0,055

Cable 1

R1K =
X1K =

## 1 0,0967 /km 10 km = 0,48 2

1 0,179 /km 10 km = 0,9 2

## C1K = 2 0,456 F/km 10 km = 9,12 F

Cable 2

R1K = 0,0967 /km 5 km = 0,48 X1K = 0,179 /km 5 km = 0,9 C1K = 0,456 F/km 5 km = 2 ,28 F

Zero-sequence impedances of the cable: Because data for the zero-sequence impedance of the cable are not available, we use the following estimated values:

## R0K = 4 R1K X 0K = 4 X1K

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## Second step: Definition of the symmetrical component networks

Zero-sequence system

Positive-sequence system

Negative-sequence system

## Calculation of the impedances (from capacitances)

ZC = ZC = 1 1 = = j 698 1 jC j 314s 4,56 F 1 1 = = j 2792 1 jC j 314s 1,14 F

ZC =

## From lecture EDS II we know:

I 0 = I1 = I 2

U 0 + U1 + U 2 = 3 Z F I 0
This means, the symmetrical component networks have to be connected in series at fault location.
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In the next step we can simplify the three equivalent circuit diagrams. Zero-sequence system Due to the very large values of the impedances of the capacitances we can neglect the impedances of cable 1 and cable 4 and get the parallel connection of the four capacitances:

ZC =

## 1 1 = = j 279 jC j 314s 1 (2 4,56 F + 2 1,14 F )

Positive-sequence system

Negative-sequence system

## The simplified equivalent component networks we can now interconnect:

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It is to be seen, that the impedance in the zero-sequence system is equivalent to the zero capacitance the shunt impedance in the positive sequence system is equivalent to the effective capacitance the positive current is not flowing over the effective capacitance, because the impedance in the parallel branch is smaller the impedance in the negative sequence system is very small and can therefore be neglected

## Fourth step: Calculation of the currents in 012-system

Due to the fact, that the voltage in negative-sequence system is negligible we can assume, that U0 = U1
I0 = 10 kV = 0,02069 kA j21 A 3 ( j279 )

## (completely capacitive current)

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## Fifth step: Calculation of earth fault current

ICE = 3 I0 = j63 A
Verification: ICE = 3 CE UY = 3 314 s 1 11,4 F

10 kV = 62 A 3

## Fifth step: Calculation of the voltages in 012-system

U0 U1

10 kV 3

10 kV 3

U2 0
Sixth step: Calculation of the voltages in abc-system

Ua = U0 + U1 + U2 =

10 kV 10 kV + +0 =0 3 3 10 kV 10 kV + a2 +0 3 3 10 kV = ja10 kV 3

U b = U0 + a 2U1 + aU2 = Ub = a2 1

)10 kV = ja 3

Uc = U0 + aU1 + a 2U2 = Uc = a 1

10 kV 10 kV +a +0 3 3 3 10 kV = ja210 kV 3

)10 kV = ja 3

## Seventh step: Calculation of earth fault factor

10 kV = 3 10 kV 3

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## Eighth step: Phasor diagrams

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