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# Unit II: VOLTAGE SAGS AND INTERRUPTIONS

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Sources of sags and interruptions – Estimating voltage sag performance – Motor starting sags – Estimating the sag severity – Mitigation of voltage sags – Active series compensators – Static transfer switches and fast transfer switches Part A 1. List the sources of sag and interruptions.       Rural location remote from power source Long distance from a distribution transformer with interposed loads Unreliable grid system Power distributors tolerances not suitable for voltage sensitive equipment Switching of heavy loads Unbalanced load on a three phase system

 Equipment not suitable for local supply 2. Mention the methods to improve voltage sags in utility system. a. Reduce faults: Tree trimming, tree wire, animal guards, arresters, circuit patrols b. Trip faster : Smaller fuses, instantaneous trip, faster transmission relays c. Support voltage during faults: Raising the nominal voltage, current limiting fuses, larger station transformers, line reactors 3. Define the depth of the voltage dip. The depth of the voltage dip is defined as the difference between the reference voltage and the residual voltage during voltage dip often expressed as a value in volts or as a percentage or per unit value of the reference voltage. 4. Define the duration of the voltage dip. The duration of a voltage dip is the time between the instant at which the voltage at a particular point on a supply system falls below the voltage dip start threshold and the instant at which it rises to the voltage dip end threshold. 5. Explain the area of vulnerability. The concept of an area of vulnerability has been developed to help evaluate the likelihood of sensitive equipment being subjected to voltage lower than its minimum voltage sag ridethrough capability(the minimum voltage magnitude a piece of equipment can withstand or tolerate without misoperation or failure). 6. What are the factors affecting equipment sensitivity to the voltage sag? The Factors affecting equipment sensitivity are specific load type, control settings, and applications. 7. What are the three categories of equipment sensitivity?  Equipment sensitive to only the magnitude of voltage sag.  Equipment sensitive to both the magnitude and duration of voltage sag.  Equipment sensitive to characteristics other than magnitude and duration. 8. What is the use of estimation of voltage sag? The estimation of voltage sag performance is used to determine the need for power conditioning components at sensitive loads in the plant. 9. List the devices used to reduce the voltage sag. a. Ferroresonance Transformer b. Magnetic Synthesizers c. On-line UPS

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d. Stand by UPS e. Hybrid UPS f. Motor-Generator Set g. Super Conducting Magnetic Energy Storage Device. h. End user equipment with suitable specifications. 10. Mention the types of compensations. a. Surge impedance compensation b. Line length compensation c. Compensation by sectioning i. Active compensation ii. Passive Compensation 11. What is STS (Static Transfer Switch)? STS is an electrical device that allows instantaneous transfer of power sources to the load. If one power source fails, the STS switch to back up power source so quickly that the load never recognizes the transfer made. 12. What are the classifications of STS? a. Low Voltage STS ( Upto 600V, 200A-4000A) b. Medium Voltage STS ( 4.16kV – 34.5kV) 13. Define about Fast Transfer Switch (FTS). Fast transfer switch is used to obtain the minimal time of switch between two sources of power. This can be achieved by analysing the phase shift between sine waves of two power sources. The components of FTS are, a. Zero detector units b. Phase lock loop systems (PLL). PART B 1. Discuss about the sources of sags and interruption.(16)  Voltage sags and interruptions are generally caused by faults (short circuits) on the utility system.

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Fig.2.1: Fault locations on the utility power system.

Fig.2.2: Voltage sag due to a short-circuit fault on a parallel utility feeder.

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Fig.2.3: Utility short-circuit fault event with two fast trip operations of utility line recloser  Consider a customer that is supplied from the feeder supplied by circuit breaker 1 on the diagram shown in Fig.2.1. If there is a fault on the same feeder, the customer will experience a voltage-sag during the fault followed by an interruption when the breaker opens to clear the fault. If the fault is temporary in nature, a reclosing operation on the breaker should be successful and the interruption will only be temporary. It will usually require about 5 or 6 cycles for the breaker to operate, during which time a voltage sag occurs. The breaker will remain open for typically a minimum of 12 cycles up to 5 s depending on utility reclosing practices. Sensitive equipment will almost surely trip during this interruption. A much more common event would be a fault on one of the other feeders from the substation, i.e., a fault on a parallel feeder, or a fault somewhere on the transmission system (see the fault locations shown in Fig.2.1). In either of these cases, the customer will experience a voltage-sag during the period that the fault is actually on the system. As soon as breakers open to clear the fault, normal voltage will be restored at the customer. Note that to clear the fault shown on the transmission system, both breakers A and B must operate. Transmission breakers will typically clear a fault in 5 or 6 cycles. In this case there are two lines supplying the distribution substation and only one has a fault. Therefore, customers supplied from the substation should expect to see only a sag and not an interruption. The distribution fault on feeder 4 may be cleared either by the lateral fuse or the breaker, depending on the utility’s fuse saving practice. Any of these fault locations can cause equipment to misoperate in customer facilities. The relative importance of faults on the transmission system and the distribution system will depend on the specific characteristics of the systems (underground versus overhead distribution, lightning flash densities, overhead exposure, etc.) and the sensitivity of the equipment to voltage sags. Figure 2.2 shows the characteristic measured at a customer location on an unfaulted part of the feeder. Figure 2.3 shows the momentary interruption (actually two separate interruptions) observed downline from the fault. The interrupting device in this case was a line recloser that was able to interrupt the fault very quickly in about 2.5 cycles.

 2. Explain how the voltage sag performance is estimated? (6) It is important to understand the expected voltage sag performance of the supply system so that facilities can be designed and equipment specifications developed to assure the optimum operation of production facilities. The following is a general procedure for working with industrial customers to assure compatibility between the supply system characteristics and the facility operation: i. Determine the number and characteristics of voltage sags that result from transmission system faults. ii. Determine the number and characteristics of voltage sags that result from distribution system faults (for facilities that are supplied from distribution systems).

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Determine the equipment sensitivity to voltage sags. This will determine the actual performance of the production process based on voltage sag performance calculated in steps 1 and 2. iv. Evaluate the economics of different solutions that could improve the performance, either on the supply system (fewer voltage sags) or within the customer facility (better immunity). 3. Describe the mitigation of voltage sag. (16) There are many solutions to prevent damage due to voltage dips. Typically, these solutions can be categorized into three classes:   Solutions in the manufacturing process itself; Solutions between the process and the public electric grid;

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 Solutions in the grid. a. Reduction of the Number of Faults Short circuits cannot be entirely eliminated. The actions taken are: replacing overhead lines with cables; the use of insulated conductors on overhead lines; regular tree cutting in the area of the transmission line; fencing against animals; shielding overhead conductors with additional shield wires; increased insulation levels; increased frequency of overhaul and periodic maintenance, cleaning insulators, etc. b. Reduction of the Fault Clearance Time The duration of a voltage dip is largely determined by the speed at which short circuits are cleared. A necessary feature of short-circuit protection is the graduation of the operating times of switches, fuses, etc., in order to ensure that a short circuit is cleared at the most appropriate point in the supply system. This means that the clearance time and, consequently, the duration of voltage dips and short interruptions depend on the location where the short circuit has occurred. A reduction in fault-clearance time does not mean a decrease in the number of faults but only a mitigation of their effects. It also does not influence the number or the duration of supply interruptions, for the duration depends solely on the speed of voltage recovery. Fast fault clearing does not influence the number of voltage dips, but can significantly reduce their duration. The basic method for reducing fault duration consists of the use of current-limiting fuses. These are capable of clearing a fault in a very short time. Decreasing the short-circuit current and shortening its duration significantly limit the duration of a voltage dip to rarely exceeding one cycle. c. Modification of the Supply System Configuration These operations allow for a reduction in the severity of the phenomenon, but at a high cost, particularly in HV systems. The basic method of preventing voltage dips is to install elements of redundancy, as follows:  Installing generators close to sensitive loads. They support the voltage during distant dips. The voltage reduction equals the percentage share of the generator current in the shortcircuit current.  Increasing the number of substations and busbars in order to limit the number of customers, who potentially may be affected by the disturbance.  Installing current-limiting reactors at strategic points of the system in order to increase electrical distance to the fault. It should, however, be remembered that this action may make a voltage dip deeper for other customers.  Supplying sensitive customer’s busbars from several substations. The effects of a voltage dip on one substation will be reduced by the influence of the others. The more

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The stored energy is utilized to supply a critical load during the disturbance. as well as during short supply interruptions. An alternative is the use of statistical methods of prediction. o Static fast transfer switching (SFTS). Energy storage systems. The second supply increases the number of dips but reduces their duration and depth. Obtaining credible information requires the measurements to be performed for a long time. Their cost. namely voltage stabilizers.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. the customer is the one who much more frequently does it. is the use of equipment of a sufficient immunity level that is adequate for the intended operational environment. etc. The best reduction effect can be achieved by providing a power supply from two different supplying systems. determining its commercial success. ii. This technology is mainly based on power electronics and also. That is. Two kinds of technical solution can be distinguished: i. it is applied only to particularly sensitive equipment. superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES). ii. by conducting tests or assuming typical sensitivity T. More and more frequently the immunity to a voltage dip of a specified depth and duration becomes the basis of a manufacturer’s offer.C Page 5 . very costly. They differ in depth of the voltage dip. since the improvement in supply conditions and increasing the equipment’s immunity are beyond the customer’s control.E. The possible procedure includes three stages: i. Systems having no energy-storing capability. These systems can be used in the case of voltage dips with arbitrary residual voltage. The level of compatibility of a sensitive load with the supply network is assessed prior to connection. These can only be used to reduce the effects of voltage dips (typically up to a maximum of 50 %) but not of supply interruptions. as experience shows. The immunity level of equipment depends on the amount of energy stored and on the energy requirements of the protected process. Example of such solutions are: o Constant voltage transformer (CVT). Examples of energy storage systems are: uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs). There are a number of ways to get such data: contacting the electric power supplier. motor–generator systems. The duration of a dip is not a critical parameter in these systems. is smaller than that of the energy-storing systems. electrical energy storage.R. Since the energy storage process is. This is an effective method which eliminates unwanted disconnections due to voltage dips (short interruptions to a lesser extent). Improvement in Equipment Immunity One of the most advantageous solutions. o Static generators of the fundamental harmonic currents and voltages.independent these substations are. These systems can be generally termed as systems of improved power parameters. d. rotating machines with flywheels. the more effective the measure is. monitoring the power supply over an extended period of time. e. as a rule. analysis of faults. They can be installed on both the supplier’s or the customer’s side but. which they are able to compensate. This information can be obtained from the manufacturer. the prospective number of voltage dips. In many cases the reaction time of the compensation equipment should be considered critical. etc. Acquiring information on system operation. in both technical and economical terms. on some occasions.S. The most common method for mitigating the effects of the considered disturbances is the use of additional equipment. as a rule. Acquiring information on equipment sensitivity. Voltage Stabilizers A more sophisticated way to eliminate the negative effects of dips is called custom power technology.

Ferroresonant Transformer CVTs are especially attractive for constant.S.7. Voltage Sag improvement using ferroresonant transformer Page 7 .R.E. T. Variable loads. Ferroresonant transformers are basically 1:1 transformers which are providing an output voltage which is not significantly affected by input voltage variations Figure 2.C Fig. (8)  Ferroresonant transformers. With the CVT.6.2.7 shows the voltage sag ride-through improvement of a process controller fed from a 120-VA ferroresonant transformer. Write notes on ferroresonant transformer.faults on the transmission system.2. 6. The controls would switch back to the primary supply after normal power is restored. the fast transfer switch might have little benefit for protection of the equipment in the facility. also called constant-voltage transformers (CVTs).2. Fig.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. especially with high inrush currents.5: Configuration of a static transfer switch used to switch between a primary supply and a backup supply in the event of a disturbance. low-power loads. the process controller can ride through a voltage sag down to 30 percent of nominal. as opposed to 82 percent without one. present more of a problem for CVTs because of the tuned circuit on the output. can handle most voltage sag conditions.    Fig.

the inertia of the machines and the flywheels maintains the power supply for several seconds. as illustrated in Fig. the number of poles getting varied according the speed of the machine to maintain the frequency as well the voltage constant.10. Effects:  Dim lights  Contactor drop-outs  Disturbance to sensitive equipments.8.S.  When the line suffers a disturbance.  Written-pole synchronous machine are also used.  Fig.R. causes a voltage sag. Flywheels on the same shaft provide greater inertia to increase ride-through time. 9. and excessive sag may prevent the motor from starting successfully. Discuss about motor starting sags.2. by flowing through system impedances.C Motor-Generator sets are available in various sizes and configurations. This large current will.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. In this machine. Explain about power quality improvement using motor generators sets. (8)  T. This arrangement may also be used to separate sensitive loads from other classes of disturbances such as harmonic distortion and switching transients.10 shows the arrangement of M-G set in which the motor is powered by a driver circuit from line. This is one of the established technologies for preventing sensitive loads from sags and interruptions. Fig.  Disadvantages: o Losses o Noise and maintenance o Frequency and voltage drops with the speed. Page 9 .11. This may not desirable for some loads. 2. The time required for the motor to accelerate to rated speed increases with the magnitude of the sag. But the loss and cost associated with this arrangement is high. The motor drive a generator that energize the load.  Solid state inverters are also preferred for some cases.E.2. (12) The motors are drawing more current during starting. Typical M-G set with flywheel. Motor starting sags can persist for many seconds.

5 percent taps. X1.2.2.12.R. ________ Page 10 .Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P.C Reduction in starting current Vary with the square of the voltage applied Varies with the resistance/ reactance value. Typical motor versus transformer size for full-voltage starting sags of 90%.  Fig. Energies one part of winding 57% T. 50% 33% Part-winding starting Star-Delta starting Estimation of the sag severity during full-voltage starting: V(pu). Typical motor starting voltage sag Motor Starting methods: Starting Method Autotransformer starting Resistance and reactance starting Reduction on L-L Voltage Taps provide a motor voltage of 80. Computer simulation requires the following data: o Parameter values for the standard induction motor equivalent circuit: R1. in per unit of normal kVALR . Such complicated analysis may be left to computer analysis. kVASC Voltage sag in pu. 45. using typical system impedances and motor characteristics. Reactors are typically provided with 50. o Torque versus speed characteristic for the motor load.Fig. V(pu) – Actual system voltage. X2 and XM.11.Motor locked rotor kVA kVASC – System short circuit kVA at motor     Computation for sag to 90 percent of nominal voltage. or 50 percent of system voltage during start-up. Varies with the resistance/ reactance value.S. R2. Vmin (pu)  kVA LR  kVASC where. voltage sag – duration characteristics to be compared with the voltage tolerance envelope of the affected equipment. o Number of motor poles and rated rpm (or slip). Otherwise.E. and 37. o WK2 (inertia constant) values for the motor and the motor load. If the sag is above the minimum allowable steady state value of the affected equipment. then the full voltage starting is acceptable. 65.

What are the sources of over voltages? The sources of surges are. Some capacitors are energized all the time (a fixed bank). What is overvoltage? An overvoltage is defined as an average line-to-line voltage value greater than the maximum acceptable for the equipment installed. What is ferroresonance? The resonance occurred in relation with the core of the transformer involved with the power systems is called as ferroresonance. ii.R. 6.      Preventing the open-phase condition Damping the resonance with load Limiting the overvoltages Limiting cable lengths Alternative cable-switching procedures Page 11 . Lightning is a natural cause of overvoltage which is the electrical discharge of cloud in to the tallest objects usually the power system structure. 8. Define lightning. Define capacitance switching.UNIT III OVERVOLTAGES Sources of over voltages – Capacitor switching – Lightning – Ferro resonance – Mitigation of voltage swells – Surge arresters – Low pass filters – Power conditioners – Lightning protection –Shielding – Line arresters – Protection of transformers and cables – Computer analysis tools for transients – PSCAD and EMTP Part A 1. i. while others are switched according to load levels. List the methods to prevent ferroresonance. 3. Switching Lightning T. With reference to shape and duration.S. What are the types of lightning? Types of lightning are   Direct lightning Indirect lightining 7. 5. 2.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. high magnitude and high frequency transients can occur. During switching of shunt capacitor banks.E.C Classify the over voltages. which reduces losses and supports the voltage on the system. Capacitors are used to provide reactive power (in units of vars) to correct the power factor. overvoltage can be classified as:     Continuous (power frequency) Temporary Transient Combined 4.

Online plotting functions. List the protection methods of transformers and cables.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P.S. inductances. capacitances. PSCAD enables the user to schematically construct a circuit. Page 12 . The transformer can be protected against overvoltages by the following methods: a.E. 12. What is meant by shielding? Shielding is the arrangement of installing grounded bare conductor over the live conductor of the power system to provide protection from the lightning strikes. i. Define EMTP. Fluid injection e.9.R. but some of the methods have applications in electronic circuit analysis as well. 11. controls and meters are also included. This will intercept most lightning strokes before they strike the phase wires. and view the results directly. What are line arresters? T. single and multiphase -circuits. Statistical data shows that an average of 1000 storms break out each day throughout the world. The EMTP (Electromagenatic Transient Program) has been specifically developed for the power systems problems. Under oil arrester c. Elbow arrester d. Open Point arrester b. ii. Of all the electric lines. What is surge arrester? 10. analyze the results. External Protection The cable protection schemes against overvoltages are. so that the user can alter system parameters during a simulation run. EMTDC solution engine. PSCAD (Power Systems CAD) is a powerful and flexible graphical user interface to the world-renowned. run a simulation. distributed parameters lines and certain other elements. Define PSCAD. Explain the over voltages induced by lightning. Lower discharge arrester PART B 1. Capacitive Protection Use of interleaved coils Ground wires Lightning arresters b. Internal Protection i. graphical environment. 13. a.C Surge arresters are devices used to limit high-amplitude transient overvoltages. The arresters placed periodically along the line (normally on the top phase conductor) to prevent insulator flashover and hence the interruption and sag significantly are called line arresters. and manage the data in a completely integrated. ii. overhead networks are the most affected by lightning overvoltages and overcurrents. The EMTP can solve sny network which consists of interconnections of resistances. 14.

i U  Zc 2 where i is the injected current and Zc the characteristic line zero-sequence impedance (usually from 300 to 1000). this arcing return is unlikely to happen. arcing does not occur below the critical current indicated by the straight line in Figure 3.Lightning strikes are characterized by their polarization: they are generally negative even if approximately 10% of them have reversed polarity.S. Moreover. maximum overvoltages at the entrance of a substation or building are estimated at 150 kV in MV systems. For various network voltages.1.C Fig. When the voltage is greater than 150 kV. The corresponding overvoltage U is i L di U R  2 2 dt where R is the earth connection steep wave resistance and L is the inductance of the pylon and/or the earthing conductor. If lightning hits the pylon or the earth cable. It is estimated that only 3% of overvoltages exceed 70 kV and have an origin in direct lightning strikes. i. which no line can withstand. A distinction is often made between direct lightning strikes on a line and indirect lightning strikes. the wave which continues to propagate beyond the pylon is said to be broken or full. When this voltage reaches the value of arcing voltage of an insulator. but these are the most violent. Page 13 .Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Direct Lightning Strikes: Direct lightning strikes result in the injection of a current wave of several dozens of kiloamperes in the line.1: Strength of direct lightning strikes and minimum arcing strengths as a function of network voltage level For networks with a voltage less than 400 kV. or on the earth cable. all direct lightning strikes result in arcing and an earth fault. According to whether or not arcing has occurred (depending on the value of the current injected into the line). then at the first pylon which the wave meets. an arcing return occurs between the metal structure and one or more of the conductors.R. as a result of attenuation of the voltage wave throughout its propagation along the line. the voltage increases until clearance breakdown occurs (insulator string). The rising front of lightning strikes defined by standards is 1. The quality of pylon earth connections plays an important role: from 750 kV upwards. Indirect Lightning Strikes: When indirect strokes fall on a support or just next to a line. U reaches values of several million volts. falling next to a line.E. T. the current flowing off causes an increase in metal frame potential with respect to earth. This current wave.3.2µs for voltage and 8µs for current. results in an increase of voltage U given by. there is virtually no risk of arcing ii. Indirect strokes are more frequent than direct ones and are proven to be also almost as dangerous. which may cause conductors to melt by propagating on either side of the point of impact. high overvoltages are then generated in the network.

2. transmission mainly occurs by capacitive coupling. They are mainly characterized by their very steep front and their very fast damping.R. When the voltage wave resulting from a lightning stroke passes through an MV/LV transformer. the insulation systems of such devices weaken. Therefore.3. Capacitor Switching Transient – 135% of System Voltage Page 14 . the voltage rise due to capacitor switching operation can attain values 1. which decays by oscillation at a frequency determined by the inductance and capacitance of the circuit. In one particular instance. Typically.C Fig.S. Several cases of power system component failures and malfunctions due to capacitor bank switching operations have been seen by the author. Switching of capacitor banks is accompanied by a surge of current which is initially limited by the characteristic impedance of the power system and resistance of the line. reducing the net kVA load on the circuit. the energy flowing off to the ground causes a very rapid variation in the electromagnetic field which induces waves on the line that are similar in shape and amplitude to those generated by a direct stroke. two power distribution transformers failed at the same time. With time. Power equipment can withstand only a limited number of exposures to such rises in voltage magnitude. The leading kVARs drawn by the capacitor banks offset the lagging kVAR demand of the load. these cables provide efficient protection if the pylon earth connection is excellent. One of the more common causes of electrical transients is switching of capacitor banks in power systems. Write a brief notes on capacitance switching. on LV lines.return.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P.3. is less than 10% of its value on the MV side (generally less than 70 kV). thus justifying the installation of earth cables on EHV lines. and a point is reached when the devices can fail. observed on the secondary winding on the LV side. Adjustable speed drives (ASDs) and solid-state motor controllers are quite sensitive to voltage rises resulting from capacitor bank switching operations. If lightning hits just near the line. The amplitude of the overvoltage thus transmitted. In networks below 90 kV. The ASD might shut down Fig. 2. T.3.E.5 to 2 times the nominal voltage. induced overvoltages are generally less than 7 kV. the cause was traced to large capacitor bank switching operations by the utility at a substation located adjacent to the affected facility.Capacitor Switching A sharp reduction in the voltage is followed by a voltage rise. Electrical utilities switch capacitor banks during peak load hours to offset the lagging kVAR demand of the load.

The ferroresonance occurs when the magnetising impedance of the transformer is placed in series with a system capacitor.5 Graphical solution to the linear LC circuit. Fig. high voltages and currents. E – Driving voltage XL – Reactance of L XC – Reactance of C When XL=| XC |. The intersection of the capacitive and inductive lines gives the voltage across inductor EL. v=jXLI v=E+j|XC|I where v is a voltage variable. the current flowing in the circuit can be expressed as.3. This happens when there is an open phase conductor.4 Simple Series RLC Circuit The voltage across the inductor. but resulting waveforms are usually irregular in shape. and the equation gives an infinitely large current that in reality would be limited by R. Ferroresonance result in magnification of harmonics. 3. Write a note on ferroresonance.the motor due to voltage on the system rising beyond the maximum tolerance. In some cases. Neglecting the resistance R for the moment. a series resonant circuit is formed. XL and XL’.3 shows the graphical solution of these two equations for two different reactances.S.3. the two lines will intersect at infinitely large voltage and current since the |XC| the line is parallel to the XL’ line. XL’ represents the series resonant condition. capacitor switching causes the voltage waveform to undergo oscillations and produce stray crossings of the time axis. Page 15 . At resonance.3.C I E j X L  X C  where.2. Fig.3. This is unacceptable for devices that require the precise number of zero time crossings for proper performance. T.E.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Consider a simple RLC series circuit as shown in fig. The concept of ferroresonance can be explained in terms of linear system resonance as follows.R. Fig.

depending on conductor size. The grounded wyewye transformer has become the most commonly used connection in underground systems in North American.C Fig. Discuss the protection against lightning.” It can only be a diverter if there is a suitable path into which the current can be diverted. So the local ground may not remain at zero potential during transient events.R. ferroresonance most commonly occurs when unloaded transformers become isolated on underground cables of a certain range of lengths. For this reason. It is more resistant. That is not Page 16 .3. damaging ferroresonance has been more common at the higher voltages. In that sense. It is important to place the arrester across the sensitive equipment or instruments to be protected. the magnetizing reactance of a 35-kV-class distribution transformer is several times higher (the curve is steeper) than a comparably sized 15-kV-class transformer. ferroresonance can occur for less than 100 ft of cable. this can be several kilovolts.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. The capacitance of cables is nearly the same for all distribution voltage levels. For common values of surge currents and ground impedances. that most of the surge energy will be discharged through the first arrester directly into ground. When it performs its voltage-limiting action. The arresters are usually connected to the local ground. T. It may require a minimum of several hundred feet of cable to provide enough capacitance to create a ferroresonant condition for this connection. many utilities avoid this connection on cable-fed transformers. to ferroresonance because most units use a three-legged or five-legged core design that couples the phases magnetically. it provides a low impedance path for the surge current to travel onto the ground lead. In Fig. The capacitance of overhead distribution lines is generally insufficient to yield the appropriate conditions. Therefore.   Surge arresters TVSS (Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor) The arresters are diverting the surges to ground independently of the rest of the system. One hopes. For deltaconnected transformers. but not immune. It limits the line voltage V1 from rising too high relative to the neutral and ground voltage at the panel. the first arrester is connected from the line to the neutral. the arrester becomes a surge “diverter. Note that the ground lead and the ground connection itself have significant impedance. Therefore.S. The minimum length of cable required to cause ferroresonance varies with the system voltage level.3. the potential of the whole power system is raised with respect to that of the remote ground by the voltage drop across the ground impedance. 4.In practice.6.6. Protection against lightning strokes Protective devices used to prevent the system from lightning overvoltages are.E. However. varying from 40 to 100 nF per 1000 feet (ft).ground bond at the service entrance. in this situation.

This illustrates the principles without complicating the diagram but should be considered as the minimum protection one would apply to protect the load. the incidence of equipment failure within the facility due to lightning. directly across the insulation to be protected. However. In fact.S.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. all lines to neutral. Therefore.  Use transformers with interlaced secondary windings. both ends of any power or signal cables running between the two grounds must be protected with voltage-limiting devices to ensure adequate protection. they will virtually guarantee that there will be a surge current path and thereby cause additional stress on the transformer. but not eliminate entirely. Again. and the damaging surge currents can flow back into the utility grounds. which is to improve the grounds for the structure to minimize the amount of current that might seek another path to ground. this is an ever increasing requirement for good protection practice. If this is connected to another device that is referenced to ground elsewhere. recent evidence suggests that low-voltage arresters have better success in preventing failures. (Design Characteristics) Apply surge arresters at the X terminals. and the surge current is sometimes diverted toward another critical load where it is not wanted.the signal cable indicated by the dotted line and bonded to the safety ground. some structures also have significant lightning exposure. there is another possible path for the surge current . ii.R. It doesn’t matter which direction the currents flow.E. The primary arrester is mounted directly on the tank with very short lead lengths.  Common ways for the utility to protect the transformer: i. Explain the transformer protection schemes.    Page 17 . or other device. The first arrester at the service entrance is electrically too remote to provide adequate load protection. and neutral to ground.always easy to achieve. It is connected “line to neutral” so that it only protects against normal mode transients. Efforts to block the surge current are most effective for high-frequency surge currents such as those originating with lightning strokes and capacitor-switching events. 5. The amount of current flowing between the grounds may be reduced by improving all the intentional grounds at the service entrance and nearby on the utility system. While interlaced transformers have a lower failure rate in lightning-prone areas than noninterlaced transformers. This is common practice for both utility and end-user systems where a control cabinet is located quite some distance from the switch. In this figure.C Note that arresters at the load service entrance will not protect the transformer. surge suppressors will have suppression on all lines to ground. being controlled. they cause the same problems. It requires a special fuse in the cutout to prevent fuse damage on lightning current discharge. This will normally reduce. the same principle applies. Damaging voltages can be impressed across the load as a result. Frequently. With the evidence mounting that lightning surges have steeper wavefronts than previously believed. When it is impractical to keep the currents from flowing between two grounds. there will be some amount of surge current flowing down the safety ground conductor. a second arrester is applied at the load—again.(Possible to place arresters at LV terminals) T.

iii. Internally mounted arresters are also available. iv. v. switching-impulselimiting circuit-breaker). protection relays. To reduce. The voltage discharge is not extremely critical in this application but is typically 3 to 5 kV. To create a low-pass filter using limiting and blocking principles. Selecting surge arrester ratings and locations. or prevent. Insulation Coordination Three basic elements to insulation coordination. surge current from flowing between grounds. secondary arrester adapted for external mounting on transformers. To drain the surge current away from the load. The transformer protection is completed by using a robust secondary arrester. Gap-type arresters also work in this application but cause voltage sags. This shows a heavy-duty. To bond the ground and equipment. Describe the mitigation of voltage swells in a power system.E. to ensure that the system-imposed overvoltages do not exceed the insulation strength of the equipment. An arrester rating of 40-kA discharge current is recommended.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P.C   6. i. T. Transformer secondaries are generally assumed to have a BIL of 20 to 30 kV.(16) Principles of Protection 1. which are:    Determining the overvoltage stresses from the system. For draining the overvoltage to earth using special equipments (dischargers. 2. Repressive protection: • The fundamental principles of overvoltage protection of electrical equipment are: Protection level is determined by three factors:  Page 18 . or other mitigation equipment or operating restrictions. which the MOV-type arresters avoid. Installation. Knowing the strength of the insulation of specific equipment in the substation. Preventive protection: • To limit internal or lightning impulse overvoltages (overhead protection cable.S. surge arresters). ii. To limit the voltage for sensitive insulation. regulators. including an appropriate protective margin. neutral earthing.R.

variation according to wave polarity.2/50 μS positive-polarity impulse of an air gap for HV and MV networks: where V50 is the voltage for which the breakdown probability is 50 %. SF6. Air pressure with altitude.E.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. which means the best possible economic balance between the various costs. Age (deterioration of the material).  Environment. Failures (operating loss and repairs) weighted with their probabilities.S. Permanent electrical stresses (local value of the electric field).R.) Creepage distance: Shortest path between two conductors following the outer surface of a solid insulator. namely:    Clearance: i.C Final objective of insulation coordination is to ensure safe and optimized distribution of electric power.  Standard tests of a wave of front time 250 ms and half-amplitude time 2500 ms Lightning Overvoltage Withstand:  Positive and Negative Polarities – 1. Gas clearance: Shortest path between two conductive parts (air. Protective devices. Equipment used. Passage through a minimum curve value of the withstand voltage as a function of front time. Insulation. Switching Impulse Voltage Withstand:  Characterized with the following properties:     Non-linear relation with voltage. pollution. Dispersion withstand must be expressed in statistical terms. UV radiation). Unbalance. Insulation Deterioration depends      Gas Clearance depends Voltage Withstand Power Frequency Withstand: Voltage withstand monitored through the standard oneminute dielectric tests is generally sufficient.2/50μS  Two formulas can be used to evaluate withstand to a 1. T. etc. Environmental conditions (humidity. and Page 19 . Device filling pressure. ii.

Low-impedance power conditioners (LIPCs) are used primarily to interface with the switch-mode power supplies found in electronic equipment. 8. utilities may choose from a number of options: 1. anything that will decrease the magnitude of the impulses only slightly has the potential to extend cable life a great deal. Depending on voltage class.3. 6. LIPCs differ from isolation Page 20 .where V0 is the withstand voltage and d is clearance in meters (V50 and V0 are in MV). Inject an insulation-restoring fluid into the cable.R. A lot of experimental studies have provided tools to evaluate the relation between clearance and withstand voltage. Add arresters at every transformer. Add a third arrester on the next-to-last transformer.Constant. representing damage to the cable N . taking into account a variety of factors such as front and tail times.S. Cable Protection To provide additional protection. Explain about the low impedance power conditioners. Discuss in detail about Cable protection.C Fig. 7.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. the cable may have been installed with only one arrester at the riser pole or both a riserpole arrester and an open-point arrester. Add special low-discharge voltage arresters. the insulation becomes progressively weaker and a moderate transient overvoltage causes breakdown and failure. environmental pollution and insulator type. if one does not exist. D=NVc where.Magnitude of impulses c . 4.Empirical constant ranging from 10 to 15 Therefore. Add an open-point arrester. Employ a scout arrester scheme on the primary The cable life is an exponential function of the number of impulses of a certain magnitude that it receives. The damage to the cable is related by.E. 2. T.Number of impulses V . 5. 3. As a cable ages. (08)     Main source of outages in underground distribution is cable failures.6. D . The life of the cable may be increased for few years by arrester protection than cable replacement.

. Clamping devices for ac circuits are commonly nonlinear resistors (varistors) that conduct very low amounts of current until an overvoltage occurs. or “follow current.transformers in that these conditioners have much lower impedance and have a filter as part of their design (Fig. and normal-mode disturbances (i. Then they start to conduct heavily. Thus. 3. 9.  Different modes of operation.” will continue to flow in the gap until the next current zero. T. the line voltage will drop to nearly zero due to the short circuit imposed across the line. which most commonly consists solely of MOV blocks. crowbar and clamping. Write notes on surge arresters. source-side. (8) TVSS have more surge-limiting elements than an arrester. These devices are usually manufactured with a gap filled with air or a special gas. They have an advantage over gap-type devices in that the voltage is not reduced below the conduction level when they begin to conduct the surge current.C Fig. ). Note the new neutral-to-ground connection that can be made on the load side because of the existence of an isolation transformer. This will cause some loads to drop offline unnecessarily. Zener diodes are also used in this application.e. Crowbar devices are normally open devices that conduct current during overvoltage transients. noise and impulses). Once the gap arcs over.3.to medium-frequency transients (capacitor switching) can cause problems for LIPCs  Transients can be magnified by the output capacitor. Once the device conducts.  Page 21 . These devices effectively conduct increasing amounts of current (and energy) to limit the voltage rise of a surge. and their impedance drops rapidly with increasing voltage.E.7 :Low impedance power conditioner The filter is on the output side and protects against high-frequency.S.  An arrester may have more energy-handling capability. Drawbacks:  Low. usually power frequency current. The gap arcs over when a sufficiently high overvoltage transient appears. common-mode.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. these devices have the disadvantage that the power frequency voltage drops to zero or to a very low value for at least one-half cycle.R.

3. But.E.8.MOV arresters have two important ratings. MOVs are available in a wide range of energy ratings. Therefore high frequency noises are protected from reaching load to source and vice versa. Voltage notching due to power electronics switching can well be protected by isolation transformers.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. some normal-mode noise can still reach the load due to magnetic and capacitive coupling.b. thereby preventing nuisance tripping of adjustable-speed drives and other equipment.3.C Fig.3. Grounded neutral wire over the phase wires intercept lightning strokes before striking on the phase wires.8. Isolation Transformer with electrostatic shield        Isolation transformer (Fig. In addition. This new neutral-to-ground bond limits neutral-to-ground voltages at sensitive equipment.3. or separately derived system. Write notes on protection against overvoltage using isolation transformer.a. Discuss about the protection of power system using shielding. (8) T. Isolation Transformer Fig. which must be higher than the line voltage and will often be at least 125 percent of the system nominal voltage. (8)  Page 22 .b) is effective in eliminating common-mode noise -However. Capacitor-switching and lightning transients coming from the utility system can be attenuated.8.8. However.a) attenuates high-frequency noise and transients as they attempt to pass from one side to the other. The second rating is the energy dissipation rating (in joules). Main characteristic for electrically isolating the load from the system for transients is their leakage inductance. isolation transformers allows the user to define a new ground reference. The first is maximum continuous operating voltage (MCOV).  11. 10. they will not necessarily prevent back flashovers. Electrostatic shield (Fig.S.R. some common-mode and normal-mode noise can still reach the load.

the section may be modified with a shield wire with justification to reduce the number of transient faults and to maintain good power quality. Write notes on Line arresters. the area may be effectively shielded to reduce lightning induced faults. The amount that an individual arrester bleeds off will depend on the grounding resistance.3.E.   Fig. Mounting line arresters in a periodic interval along the phase wires of a line exposed to frequent lightning is more effective. Figure below shows a substation connected with a transmission line in which few spans nearby substation being shielded to prevent high current faults that can damage substation transformer and breaker.S.R. T. It is observed that this strategy is more economical than shielding and results in fewer line flashovers. The aim is to reduce flashovers in particular trouble spots. When a particular section of a feeder is being struck frequently. preventing insulator flashover will reduce the interruption and sag rate significantly. Normally. the ground path must carefully be chosen to maintain adequate clearance with the phase conductors.        12. In order to avoid back flashovers. Also the value of grounding resistance is important to maintain the voltage as low as possible.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Neither shielding nor line arresters will prevent all flashovers from lightning. (8) Page 23 . If any other section of the feeder is experiencing more number of strikes. Hence the shielded transmission provides shielding for the distribution as well. provided adequate clearance can be maintained for the ground lead.  It is also common near substations for distribution lines to be underbuilt on transmission or sub-transmission structures.9. Opting line arresters would be more economical and effective for many applications. This increase the cost to extend poles to accommodate the shield wire.  This shielding is common in transmission lines and substations. Therefore. Sometimes the arrester bleed off some of the stroke current as it passes along the line as shown in figure. but is not common on distribution lines because of its added cost.C The back flashovers lead to temporary faults. lines flashover first at the pole insulators. Shielding of substation and lines.

C Fig. This usually requires an arrester at every second or third pole.R. Inductor helps block high-frequency transients and forces them into the first suppressor.   13. the arresters put on all three phases to get consistent reduction in flashovers. LPF provides better protection against high frequency transients.3. (8)    Fig.S. It uses a gap-type protector on the front end to handle high-energy transients. In other cases. Line arresters to prevent flashovers  The spacing of the line arresters should ensure the voltage level at the poles in the span should not exceed BIL (Basic Impulse Level) of the line insulators.T. Capacitor limits the rate of rise. while the nonlinear resistor (MOV) clamps the voltage magnitude at the protected equipment.11.3. This circuit provides low impedance to the ground path.10.E. Write notes on low-pass filter. Consists of series inductance and parallel capacitance. Other variations on this design will employ MOVs on both sides of the filters and may have capacitors on the front end as well.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Some systems may be provided with the line arresters only on the top phase when other lines are placed below. The lowpass filter limits transfer of high-frequency transients. Page 24 . It may be necessary to place arresters at every pole when the feeder supplies to highly critical load or the feeder with high ground resistance. Voltage clamping devices are added in parallel with the capacitor in surge protection usage. Low pass filter      High surge protector combines two surge suppressors and a LPF for maximum protection.

electric motors.3. h= 5 refers to the fifth harmonic component with a frequency equal to five times the fundamental frequency.S.  the total harmonic distortion factor. 7. 8. Define harmonic. For example. What is passive filter? These are LC resonating or parallel resonating circuits which offer very high or low impedance at tuning frequency.  Electronic and power electronic equipment.4….the magnitude of the fundamental component What are the sources of harmonics? Among the sources of harmonic voltages and currents in power systems three groups of equipment can be distinguished:  Magnetic core equipment. It is measure of effective value of harmonic distortion. They are convenient for condensing complex time and frequency domain waveform phenomena into a single number. capacitive at below tuned frequencies and inductive beyond tuned frequency. What is meant by distortion factor? The distortion factor is defined as T. like transformers.  Arc furnaces. etc. an – the magnitude of the harmonic frequencies a1 . the PQ indices represent. arc welders. high-pressure discharge lamps.E. Define THD. n=2. for compactness and practicality. What is the significance of power quality indices? In practice. 3. These filters are resistive at tuned frequency. generators. A harmonic is a component of a periodic wave having a frequency that is an integral multiple of the fundamental power line frequency of 50 Hz. Total Harmonic Distortion is defined as the ratio of the root mean square value of the harmonic content to root mean square value of the fundamental quantity. What are the power quality indices? Waveform distortions (voltage or current) can be characterized by several indices and the most frequently used are:  the individual harmonic. etc. the quickest and most useful way to describe the characteristics of PQ disturbances. Total harmonic distortion is the contribution of all the harmonic frequency currents to the fundamental.C DF  2 an a12 4.R. What is harmonic number? Harmonic number (h) refers to the individual frequency elements that comprise a composite waveform. 2. expressed as percent of the fundamental.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P.UNIT IV HARMONICS (9) Harmonic distortion – Voltage and current distortion – Harmonic indices – Harmonic sources from commercial and industrial loads – Locating harmonic sources – Power system response characteristics – Resonance – Harmonic distortion evaluation – Devices for controlling harmonic distortion – Passive filters – Active filters – IEEE and IEC standards Part A 1. 6. Page 25 . where. 5.

They all produce more than one single harmonic frequency. we get 3X (0°. which is the negative sequence.g. adding a capacitor to the previous circuit as shown in Fig. 0°). General flow of harmonic current in radial system This general tendency of harmonic current flows can be used to locate sources of harmonics. For example. 15. -120°). The method allows any unbalanced set of phase currents (or voltages) to be transformed into three balanced sets. for the second harmonic. h = 3.. following the path of the harmonic current will lead to a capacitor bank instead of the actual harmonic source.  Triplens (h = 3. 0°. Waveforms of these harmonic sources have somewhat arbitrary waveshapes depending on the distorting phenomena. A resonance current typically has only one dominant harmonic riding on top of the fundamental sine wave.1. large. The sinusoids of the zero sequence are in phase with each other (e.… are generally negative sequence. 2.Since a distorted waveform in power systems contains only odd-harmonic components. which is the zero sequence.  Harmonics of order h = 5. 120°). The positive-sequence set contains three sinusoids displaced 120° from each other. only odd-harmonic phase sequence rotations are summarized here:  Harmonics of order h = 1. This is illustrated in Fig. the main tendency is for the harmonic currents to flow from the harmonic-producing load to the power system source. A single. 7. -120°.R. Phase sequences for all other harmonic orders can be determined in the same fashion. it is generally necessary to temporarily disconnect all capacitors to reliably locate the sources of harmonics. 9. but they contain several harmonics in significant quantities.. 0°.4. with the normal A-B-C phase rotation (e. significant harmonic nearly always signifies resonance.S. 5.…) are generally zero sequence.g. Thus. -120°) or (0°. T.… are generally positive sequence. the bulk of the current flows into the source. 0°). 120°. -120°). Page 28 . simply measure the harmonic currents in each branch starting at the beginning of the circuit and trace the harmonics to the source. 120°. 0°. For the third harmonic. For example.E. -120°) or (0°. 0°. h=2. -120°. (08) On radial utility distribution feeders and industrial plant power systems. Power factor correction capacitors can alter this flow pattern for at least one of the harmonics. The impedance of the power system is normally the lowest impedance seen by the harmonic currents. Note that none of the harmonic sources presented earlier in this chapter produce a single harmonic frequency in addition to the fundamental. In a perfect balanced three-phase system. It is usually straightforward to differentiate harmonic currents due to actual sources from harmonic currents that are strictly due to resonance involving a capacitor bank.g. 0°.. The sinusoids of the negativesequence set are also displaced 120°. but have opposite phase rotation (A-C-B. we get 2X(0. In such a situation.the system’s response to harmonic currents provided care is taken not to violate the fundamental assumptions of the method.1. 17. -120°.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Explain the process of locating harmonic sources.24 may draw a large amount of harmonic current into that portion of the circuit. Using a power quality monitor capable of reporting the harmonic content of the current.4.C Fig. 11. Thus. 13. e. the harmonic phase sequence can be determined by multiplying the harmonic number h with the normal positive-sequence phase rotation.

S. Energy efficient compact flourescent lamps.    Page 29 . Cycloconverters. Static VAR compensators. It will increase interference with telephone.T. The non linear loads such as inverter fed adjustable speed drive. Now a day various devices and equipment being measured applications are more sensitive compared to the past. vii.C Fig.2.   The duration presence of long duration harmonic cause more serious effects on the various equipments connected to the power system. Always check the capacitor currents first in any installations where harmonic problems are suspected. Non sinusoidal power supplies results in reduction of torque of induction motor. it is likely that the capacitor is participating in a resonant circuit within the power system. communication and logic circuits. The capacitor used for power factor correction and in different filters decreases resulting in increasing in current drawn by capacitor beyond permissible limits. This fact can be exploited to determine if harmonic resonance problem are likely to exist in a system with capacitors. v. Amplitude of harmonics: Large amplitude harmonics of short duration under resonance condition cause dielectric breakdown due to over voltages. Transformers produce very high levels of harmonics when they are initially energized. 3. What are the effects of harmonics (06).R.Lift control system. Power factor capacitors can alter the direction of flow of one of the harmonic components of the current. the so called in rush current will generate harmonics of several orders. The use of powerfactor correction capacitor creates parallel or series resonance problems increasing the harmonic distortion. What are the harmonic sources from commercial and industrial loads.AC voltage regulators. Simply measure the current in the capacitors. iv. UPS. The thermal failure of capacitor may take place because of higher temperature.4. The capacitor acts as sink for harmonic currents resultant effect of harmonics is overloading .Traction. 4. hence over heating increases dielectric stress and increase the power lost. Use of AC and DC adjustable speed drives vi. Process control and solid state power conversion equipments.E. viii. iii.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Battery chargers. (06) Harmonics of different orders generated when connected power system network by different sources as below: i. If it contains a very large amount of one harmonic other than the fundamental. ii.

their causes and results and solutions available to eliminate them. Disadvantages of Passive filters: 1. by necessity. Higher order harmonics causes voltage stress and corona. rather than diminish harmonics. 4. less costly and efficient 2. The energy efficient electronic equipment that will be produced in future trends result in poor performance due to the voltage distortion. This means that changes to electrical system could cause them to be overloaded or to create resonances that could actually amplify.E. Connection of passive filters necessities a specific analysis of each installation. Both of these devices. Another weakness of the passive harmonic technologies is that they cannot adapt to changes in electrical systems in which they operate. overheating of transmission lines.S.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. transformers and generators etc. Cannot function under saturated condition.C power.C Presence of harmonics in power system network can cause additional losses in power system network.4. Hence it is essential to have the proper coordination between the supply authorities and consumers regarding the power quality problem. change the impedance characteristics of the circuits into which they are inserted. T. Fig.    Error in reading of induction type energy meters which are calibrated for pure sinusoidal A.R. Hence it is clear that day by day the increase in harmonic contents will impose new problems on operations of electronic equipment. (10) Passive Filters: They include devices that provide low impedance paths to divert harmonics to ground and devices that create a high impedance path to discourage the flow of harmonics. 3. Number of passive filters installed must be equal to the number of harmonic levels to be compensated. 2. Simple in construction. 5. Explain active and passive filters in harmonic control. Malfunction or even failure of electronic or computer controls. Page 30 . Non adaptability to system variations. Passive Filters Advantages of Passive filters: 1. Serves dual purpose harmonic filtration and power factor correction of load.3.

S. or Page 32 . measurement method and instruments.  Dynamic signal analyzer model: The parameters such as fundamental frequency of A.rms load current at the harmonic order h Harmonic voltages or currents are almost always referenced to the fundamental value of the waveform.  Memory hicorder: It is used to measure three line currents and there line to voltage. This diversity can be in the form of different harmonic components being injected.  Measurement provides information to analyze the combined effect of harmonic generated by different loads on power quality. (10) Standards prescriptions define the limits on voltage supply. line or phase voltage across potential transformer. What are the importances of measuring harmonics and mention the instruments used for the measurement? (8) Importance of Hormonic measurement:  Measurement provides the real time information about the power system network to utilities. 3. It is measure of effective value of harmonic distortion. expressed as percent of the demand current. the waveform is such that the difference between the instantaneous value of the fundamental component does not exceed 5% of the amplitude. etc. ‘Bureau of Indian Standards’ specified that the voltage is considered to be virtually sinusoidal. consumer and designer . current. If the distortion is expressed as a percentage of some rated load current then the distortion is called as TDD.) Ih . 7. Currently defined distortion limits assume that there will be some diversity between the harmonic currents injected by different customers. differences in the phase angles of the individual harmonic currents. 2.Filters designed after harmonic measurements are technically better and economical. Write notes on standards for waveform distortions.Total Demand Distortion: Total Demand Distortion is defined as the ratio of the root mean square value of the harmonic content to root mean square value of the demand current. Essential standards regarding the harmonics are EN 50160.  Power network analyzer: It is portable three phase network analyzer designed for power surveys in which the measured data are transformed to PC for evaluation and documentation. T. if.E.  Measurement setup: The measurement is done via high quality probe.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. 8. when supplying an AC motor at rated voltage.rms value of maximum demand load current h . The main IEC standards dealing with harmonics and interharmonics are presented. mitigation process.harmonic order (1. IEEE 5191992 and IEEE 1159-1995.C where IL . Different types of instruments available for harmonic measurement are :  Power profiler: It can measure and print in addition to various electric quantities voltage and current total harmonic distortion and frequency.R. The computer loads the waveforms of graph sheets.C. etc. 4.

ventilation. IEEE Standards for voltage harmonics: IEEE standards for voltage harmonics distortions followed internationally are given in the following table. Discuss about the harmonic sources of commercial and industrial loads. In recognition of this diversity.S.0 1. the current limits are developed so that the maximum individual frequency harmonic voltage caused by a single customer will not exceed the limits in tables for systems that can be characterized by a short-circuit impedance.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. and air conditioning (HVAC) loads Office complexes Department stores Hospitals and Internet data centers Page 33 .5 1.0 2.C 9.R.5 1.differences in the harmonic injection versus time profiles. (16) Harmonic Sources – Commercial Loads: Commercial Places:     Loads:   High-efficiency fluorescent lighting with electronic ballasts Adjustable-speed drives for the heating. Individual Voltage distortion (%) 3.5 T.E. Bus Voltage at PCC 69kV and Below 69 to 161 kV 161 and above IEEE Standards for Current Harmonics: IEEE Standards followed internationally for general distribution system for end user limits (120V to 69kV) is given in the following table.0 THD (%) 5.

especially where undersized old neutral wires may have been installed.S.e. Magnetic Ballast: It is made with iron core and used with a capacitor. Ballast has to reduce the current within the limit to maintain the specified lumen output. 14% Incandescent lighting. The SMPS is now replacing the old transformer power supplies. Single-phase power supplies:   Electronic power supplies are very important in commercial premises because of increased utilization of personal computers. It produces heat loss. Depending on the diversity of the different load types.. Page 34 . Discharge is a short circuit. arc current increases and the voltage decreses.C Sensitive electronic equipment supplied by single-phase switch-mode power supplies. battery charges etc. The direct current is then converted back to AC at very high frequency by the switches and subsequently rectified again. Types: 1. Ballast is also a current limiting device. dc motor drives. efficient operation and lack of need for a transformer.4. SMPS causes very high 3rd Harmonics. i.  Elevator drives and T.60% of generated energy for lighting Lighting (1995) – 77% Fluorescent lighting.R. adjustable speed drives.  Fig. The input diode bridge is directly connected to the AC main.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P.4. these small harmonic currents may add in phase or cancel each other. All computer peripherals are now employ SMPS because of its light weight. Current and Frequency spectrum of SMPS Fluorescent Lighting:       Commercial building loads consumes 40% . eliminating transformer. Magnetic Ballast and 2. compact size.E. o Voltage distortion levels depend on both the circuit impedances and the overall harmonic current distortion. After establishing the electron flow from one electrode to another. Electronic Ballast. ballasts are used for generating high initial voltage. These 3rd Harmonics causes overloading of neutral conductors. In discharge lamps. o Commercial loads are characterized by a large number of small harmonic-producing loads.

S.R. Advantages of High frequency:  Small inductor is enough to limit the arc current. Typical THD allowed in electronic ballast is betwee10-32%. Fig.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. But electronic Ballast can be used for 4 lamps.C  High Frequency eliminates 100 or 120 Hz flicker associated with iron core magnetic ballast. T. In many cases. Harmonics in commercial buildings are usually distributed along the phases in a nearly balanced manner.4. Current and Frequency spectrum of fluorescent lighting Page 35 .  Electronic Ballast: Switch mode power supply is used to convert the fundamental frequency voltage in to a much higher frequency (25-40 kHz) voltage. Comparison: Electronic Ballast produces double or triple the standard magnetic ballast harmonic output. High frequency Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts.        Magnetic Ballast can be used for 2 lamps.5. passive filtering used to reduce input current harmonic distortion to less than 20%.11-1993. THD greater than 32% is excessive according to ANSI C82.E. Other electronic ballasts have been specifically designed to minimize harmonics and may actually produce less harmonic distortion than the normal magnetic ballast-lamp combination.

output. so there would be 20% of the 5th harmonic and 9% of the 11th harmonic. High Voltage distortions are experienced at LV side (Capacitor side).R. also known as a six-pulse bridge because there are six voltage pulses per cycle (one per half cycle per phase) on the d. as variable speed controllers. At resonance condition. Figure 7. The magnitude of the harmonics is significantly reduced by the use of a 12-pulse converter. They are injecting harmonics in to the system.S. converters in general. are based on a three-phase bridge. Page 36 .C ASD consists of electronic power converter that converts constant ac voltage and frequency into variable voltage and frequency. UPS units and a.Adjustable Speed Drives:  Applications of ASDs: o Elevator Motors o Pumps and Fans of HVAC Systems    T. Therefore. motor and transformer overheating. and misoperation of sensitive electronic equipment are occurred.c. power factor correction strategies are applied to the system./d. Harmonic Sources – Industrial Loads:      Three-phase power converters: All equipment containing static converters. the magnitude of each harmonic should be equal to the reciprocal of the harmonic number. Non linear Loads are operating at low power factor. This bridge produces in supply networks current harmonics of order 6n±1. Three categories of nonlinear industrial loads :  Three-phase power converters  Arcing devices and  Saturable devices. ASDs also find many applications in industrial loads In modern Industries.c. In theory.E.19 shows an example waveform of a thyristor bridge current against the phase voltage. non linear loads are unavoidable today. which means one more and one less than each multiple of six.c. Widely using power factor correction capacitors magnify the harmonics. etc.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Commutation notches are clearly visible in the voltage waveform (the source of high-frequency distorting components). Variable voltage and frequency allows the ASD to control motor speed to match the application requirement such as slowing a pump or fan.

Currents in excess of 60. During the refining stage when the arc is more constant. Power transformers are designed to operate below the ‘knee point’ of the magnetic saturation characteristics. Three phase arcing devices can be arranged to cancel the triplen harmonics through the transformer connection.S. The voltage-current characteristics of electric arcs are nonlinear. The arcing load thus appears to be a relatively stable harmonic current source. side reactor Arcing Devices: The following are the arcing devices:    Arc furnaces. the cancellation is better. Harmonics are generated due to the nonlinear magnetizing characteristics of the steel. and discharge-type Lighting (fluorescent. In electric arc furnace applications.R.E. The exception occurs when the system is near resonance and a Thevenin equivalent model using the arc voltage waveform gives more realistic answers. However. sodium vapor.C Fig. Its magnitude is largely a function of the length of the arc. the voltage decreases as the arc current increases.4.6 Example waveforms of the supply voltage and current of a six-pulse thyristor bridge with d. mercury vapor) with magnetic ballasts. including motors.T. Arc welders. which is adequate for most analyses. the limiting impedance is primarily the furnace cable and leads with some contribution from the power system and furnace transformer. Following arc ignition.c. Selection of the operating point depends on.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Saturable Devices: Equipment in this category includes transformers and other electromagnetic devices with a steel core.000 A are common. The electric arc itself is actually best represented as a source of voltage harmonics. this cancellation may not work in three-phase arc furnaces because of the frequent unbalanced operation during the melting phase. limited only by the impedance of the power system. Page 37 .

7.    Steel cost No-load losses Noise and Other factors T.S.22 is for single-phase or wye-grounded three-phase transformers. 5. some fractional horsepower. Page 38 . the line current will be void of these harmonics unless there is an imbalance in the system. single-phase motors that have a nearly triangular waveform with significant third-harmonic currents. _________________________ Fig. although it is generally of little consequence. Delta connections and ungrounded-wye connections prevent the flow of zero-sequence harmonic.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Thus.R.E. however. Transformer magnetizing current and harmonic spectrum. Motors also exhibit some distortion in the current when overexcited.C Some transformers are purposefully operated in the saturated region. The current obviously contains a large amount of third harmonic.4. One example is a triplen transformer used to generate 180 Hz for induction furnaces. which triplens tend to be. The waveform shown in Fig. There are.

System Monitoring: Its objective consists of determining the quality of power and the behavior of the electrical system globally. like IEC 61000 and EN 50160. Standards. 2.  Monitoring as part of predictive or just-in-time maintenance.  Determining the need for mitigation equipment.  The power quality monitor allows engineers to take necessary or appropriate actions in a timely manner. Important disturbances can vary in duration from very high-frequency impulses (lightning strokes) to long-term overvoltages and interruptions.  Preventive and predictive maintenance.  Monitoring as part of an enhanced power quality service.R. List the advantages of automatic power quality monitoring system. 3. List the objectives of power quality measurements (Needs for power quality measurement). Classify the power quality monitoring. namely the measurement transducer. Local Monitoring: Its objective consists of determining the quality of power that is delivered to a single customer.  The system features on-the-spot data analysis with rapid information dissemination via Internet technology. the measurement unit and the evaluation unit.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. Mention the three elements of power quality measurement. T. 6. 7. e-mails. 5.  Monitoring to characterize specific problems.  Ensuring equipment performance. There are three elements of power quality measurement. What kind of power quality parameter do we want to measure? Power quality includes a wide variety of conditions on the power system. and grid codes define the power quality parameter to be measured. IEC 61000-4-30 defines the methods for measurement and interpretation of results for power quality parameters in 50 Hz systems and is part of the standard IEC 61000 of electromagnetic compatibility.Unit V: Power Quality Monitoring Monitoring considerations – Power line disturbance analyzer – Power quality measurement equipment – Harmonic / spectrum analyzer – Flicker meters – Disturbance analyzer – Applications of expert system for power quality monitoring Part A 1.S. What are the basic categories of power quality instruments? Basic categories of instruments that may be applicable include  Wiring and grounding test devices  Multimeters  Oscilloscopes  Disturbance analyzers  Harmonic analyzers and spectrum analyzers Page 39 . and faxes. pagers.C 4. What are the power quality monitoring considerations?  Monitoring to characterize system performance.  Advanced power quality monitors can be developed with integrated intelligent systems to meet this new challenge.  Sensitivity assessment of process equipment to disturbances.E.

S. Flicker meter b. (16) 2. Explain the harmonic analyzer and disturbance analyzer. analyzing and interpreting raw measurement data in to useful information. What is the need for FFT Spectrum analyzer in power quality analyzers? a.R. What is meant by online power quality monitoring? On-line power quality data assessment analyzes data as they are captured. b. The measurements can be compared and the level of power quality in the system can be determined. 9. What is flicker meter? Flicker meters measure flicker in terms of the fluctuating voltage magnitude and its corresponding frequency of fluctuation. 10. The analysis results are available immediately for rapid dissemination. Synchronization and a sampling rate fast enough to obtain accurate measurement of harmonic components up to at least 37th harmonic. Application of expert system for power quality monitoring 3. (16) 5. single-phase or three-phase)  The input voltage range  The current measurement range  Isolation  Communication capabilities (For example. Combination disturbance and harmonic analyzers  Flicker meters  Energy monitors 8. What is meant by power quality monitoring? This is the process of collecting. They have the capability to characterize the statistical nature of harmonic distortion levels. explain the applications of expert system for power quality monitoring.E. c. With help of a block diagram. What are the necessary measurements to be made to know about the power quality of a product?  Loose connections and overheating of conductors  Magnetic field strength and electric field strength of conductors  Static electricity of sensitive equipment 12. What are the specifications of power quality measuring equipments?  The number of channels (for instance.Balasubramanian/AP/EEE/P. d. They have the capability to measure both the voltage and current simultaneously so that harmonic power flow information can be obtained. Discuss the factors to be considered in power quality monitoring. (16) 4. They have the capability to measure both magnitude and phase angle of the individual harmonic components. Complexity in the software design requirement for on-line assessment is usually higher than that of off-line. Electric arc furnaces and arc wielding usually cause lights to flicker. can the instrument be networked or tied to a standalone computer?) 11. Part B 1. (8) T. Write in detail about a. Explain various power quality monitoring equipments. 13.C Page 40 .