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A distance relay algorithm based on the phase comparison principle
Sini sa J. Zubi c
a,
, Milenko B. Djuri c
b
a
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Banjaluka, Patre 5, 78000 Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
b
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73, 11120 Belgrade, Serbia
a r t i c l e i n f o
Article history:
Received 20 May 2011
Received in revised form7 May 2012
Accepted 14 May 2012
Available online 29 June 2012
Keywords:
Distance relays
Timedomain phase comparator
Phasordomain phase comparator
a b s t r a c t
In this paper we propose a distance relay algorithm based on a timedomain phase comparator with a
smaller computational burden than the traditional phasordomain based algorithms. The phase com
parator used in the timedomain algorithm is based on the average power on a half and fullcycle data
window. The algorithm includes a lter which mitigates decaying DCoffset in the current as well as
the capacitive coupled voltage transformer transients. The algorithm is compared to an algorithm based
on the phasordomain approach with fullcycle DFT. Both algorithms are tested on various fault loca
tions, fault resistances, load directions, inception angles and SIR. This paper also includes analysis of the
complex frequency response of the complete timedomain algorithm, and how the protected zone for a
chosen operating characteristic depends on the line load and SIR.
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1. Introduction
Power transmission lines are the vital links between generat
ing plants and customers. These lines are exposed to various types
of faults, and distance relays are widely used for transmission line
protection. The distance protection is based on the principle of the
linear dependence between the value of the impedance measured
by the distance relay and the distance between locations of the
relay and the fault [1]. Distance relay algorithms are usually based
on using phasors at the fundamental frequency. This is the phasor
domain approach where voltage and current phasors are either
compared [2,3], or used for measuring the fault impedance [412].
Phasors are computed by using some of the wellknown methods
of signal processing, such as: Fourier method [1315], least error
squares [1619], wavelet method [2023], and Newtons method
[2426].
In modern numerical distance relays phasors do not need to
be calculated. Instead of the phasordomain approach, the relay
operation is evaluated in the timedomain using instantaneous
voltages and currents. Timedomain based relaying algorithms are
introduced in [27], where a timedomain comparator is based on
characteristic of an electromechanical cylinder unit, and a cross
polarized MHO characteristic is used. Results of this approach are
presented in [2,3,28] where it is shown that the comparator based
on the cylinder unit has an inverse characteristic that allows for
fast clearing of closein faults, but clearing faults at the end of the
protected zone is very slow(up to four fundamental cycles).
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This paper compares a distance relay algorithm based on the
timedomain phase comparator and a distance relay algorithm
based on the phasordomain phase comparator. In order to achieve
fast operating time, in the timedomain approach we used a simple
phase comparator based on the average power (AP [29]) instead of
the comparator basedonthe cylinder unit [2,3,27,28]. The AP phase
comparator uses a halffundamental cycle data windowthat allows
for fast operating time, but this phase comparator is affected by
evenorder harmonics in the current when CT saturation occurs. In
order toeliminateimpact of evenorder harmonics weusedthesec
ond version of the timedomain algorithm with a fullcycle phase
comparator. We have shown that the proposed algorithmis as fast
as the phasordomain algorithm based on DFT, yet it requires a
smaller computational burden.
Many tests with different fault locations, fault resistances,
inception angles, source impedance ratios (SIR) and line loads are
conducted to showthe algorithms security. We have also analyzed
very complex frequency response of the complete algorithmbased
on the timedomain phase comparator. Each result is compared
to the phasordomain algorithm based on the fullcycle discrete
Fourier transformation, and both algorithms use the same digital
lter to eliminate decaying DCoffset [30].
2. MHO distance relay operating characteristics
It is convenient to display the operating characteristic for dis
tance protection in the complex RX plane. We used an MHO
operatingcharacteristic (Fig. 1) that canbe achievedwithone phase
comparator with border angles 90
, because the averagepower
(AP) phase comparator used inthe timedomainalgorithmhas bor
der angles of 90
. The trip zone for the relay is the region inside
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Fig. 1. Z plane representation of the MHO characteristics.
the circle. The line impedance is shown as a solid line stretch
ing from the origin to the point labeled Z
L
, and the angle of the
line impedance is labeled
L
. The MHO characteristic is set to
give the relay a reach of 85% of the total line length (Z
P
). Fig. 1a
represents a selfpolarized characteristic while Fig. 1b represents
a crosspolarized MHO characteristic. We use the selfpolarized
characteristic only to explain relays reach, but we implemented
the crosspolarized characteristic in proposed algorithms because
it has better fault resistance coverage and better behavior when
closein faults occurs. The selfpolarized characteristic has two
xed dots, A and B in Fig. 1a, the line between A and B is the diam
eter of the MHO circle (d). The angle of the operating characteristic
is labeled . In order to achieve better fault resistance coverage it is
necessary to use an MHO characteristic with a smaller angle than
the angle of the protected line
L
(angle <
L
). It should be con
sidered that for the constant relay reach Z
p
, diameter d depends on
the angles
L
and :
d =
Z
p
cos(
L
)
=
Z
p
cos()
. (1)
The crosspolarized characteristic has only one xed dot, A,
while position B depends on prefault load, fault location, SIR and
fault resistance. Fig. 2 shows that in a case when line load increases
in a forward direction we can expect overreach, while for reverse
direction we can expect underreach. That means that for a chosen
crosspolarized characteristic we have to test the relays reach for
different prefault conditions. Results for different angles , SIR,
fault resistances and load directions are presented in Section 5.
Fig. 2. Z plane representation of the crosspolarized MHO characteristics.
Table 1
Inputs to a crosspolarized MHO relay.
Type of fault Ur Ir U
pol
ag Ua Ia +k
0
I
0
k
bc
(U
b
Uc)
bg U
b
I
b
+k
0
I
0
kca(Uc Ua)
cg Uc Ic +k
0
I
0
k
ab
(Ua U
b
)
ab Ua U
b
Ia I
b
kc Uc
bc U
b
Uc I
b
Ic ka Ua
ca Uc Ua Ic Ia k
b
U
b
a,b,c phases; g ground; k
0
is a relay setting called residual compensation factor;
k
a,b,c
are chosen that U
pol
be in phase with Ur.
Table 2
The relationship between the time delay T in voltage signals and the angle of the
MHO characteristic (m=32).
Delay 3 4 5 6 7
(
) 33.75 45 56.25 67 78.75
T (ms) 1.875 2.5 3.125 3.75 4.375
The crosspolarized MHO operating characteristic can be imple
mented in the phasordomain using phasors V
1
and V
2
:
V

1
= e
j
U

pol
, (2)
V

2
= e
j
U

r
+I

r
d. (3)
The phasor V
1
is the polarizing quantity, while the phasor V
2
is the operating quantity that depends on the current, as well as
the voltage signal. Phasors U
r
, U
pol
and I
r
are functions of phase
voltages and currents on the protected transmission line and the
functions are dependent on the type of fault according to Table 1.
The selfpolarized characteristic uses U
r
instead of U
pol
as a polar
izing quantity.
In the phasordomain approach, a distance relay calculates pha
sors V
1
and V
2
from phasors U
r
, U
pol
and I
r
, then calculates the
phase difference =arg(V
1
) arg(V
2
). If a fault occurs (i.e. the fault
impedance Z =U
r
/I
r
falls into the region inside the circle fromFig. 1)
then the phase difference between V
1
and V
2
is:
 >90
. (4)
In the other case, if the impedance falls out of the circle from
Fig. 1, the phase difference between V
1
and V
2
is:
 <90
. (5)
Eqs. (2) and (3) can be written in the timedomain as:
v
1
(k) = u
pol
(kdelay), (6)
v
2
(k) = u
r
(kdelay) +d i
r
(k), (7)
where k represents kth sample at time t, delay is an integer that
changes the angle of the MHO characteristic . That indicates that
in the timedomain approach based on the phase comparator with
border angles 90
we can choose only a fewMHO characteristics
with angle fromthe equation:
= delay
360
m
, (8)
where m represents number of samples per fundamental cycle T
(Table 2 is given for m=32). Parameter delay also represents a
time shift T
that is caused by the angle in Eqs. (2) and (3):
T
= delay
T
m
= T
360
. (9)
The time shift T
can cause a time delay in the fault detection
because the algorithmdoes not use the latest voltage samples. We
could achieve the same operating characteristic making the time
shift appears in the current signal i
r
, but that would have a big
ger impact on the operation speed since the rate of the change in
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Fig. 3. Timedomain phase comparator based on the average power.
current at the moment of a fault is larger than the change in the
voltages. The tests in Section 5 showthat the proposed Eqs. (6) and
(7) provide a good operation speed for the timedomain algorithm.
The proposed distance relay algorithm is based on the use of
these Eqs. (6) and (7), and on a simple timedomain phase com
parator that detects if  >90
.
2.1. Timedomain phase comparator
In this paper we applied a phase comparator based on the aver
agepower, presentedin[29]. Thephasecomparator uses anaverage
value of the product of input signals p(k) =v
1
(k) v
2
(k) for determin
ing their phase difference. It is wellknown that the product of two
fundamental harmonics has two components: a component with
the double frequency (the reactive power component), and a con
stant component that depends on the phase difference between
signals (the active power component). Negative values of the con
stant (active power) component indicate that the phase difference
 >90
, and distance relay must operate.
In Fig. 3 are shown signals v
1
(t) and v
2
(t) with a phase difference
=30
, and their product p(t) that has a positive average value C on
its cycle T
p
=T/2. The average value C is determined by an integral
of p on the cycle T
p
, or on the cycle T:
C(t) =
1
T
p
t
tTp
v
1
() v
2
() d. (10)
For the practical implementation of Eq. (10), two data windows of
length m are needed. These data windows contain discrete values
v
1
(k) and v
2
(k) calculated from the raw samples i
r
(k), u
pol
(k) and
u
r
(k) through Eqs. (6) and (7). The average power of v
1
(k) v
2
(k),
within one cycle T
p
, can be determined by the sum:
TDHC =
2
m
m/2
k=1
v
1
(k) v
2
(k). (11)
Eq. (11) represents the timedomain halfcycle algorithm. The sec
ond version of the timedomain algorithmis based on the fullcycle
sumwithin one cycle T:
TDFC =
1
m
m
k=1
v
1
(k) v
2
(k). (12)
In the timedomain approach the MHO characteristic is realized
making use of Eqs. (6), (7) and (11), or alternatively (6), (7) and (12).
The same operating characteristic in the phasordomain approach
requires computing the phasors U
r
, U
pol
and I
r
, then calculating V
1
and V
2
through Eqs. (2) and (3), and nally their phase difference
Fig. 4. Block diagramof the timedomain and the phasordomain algorithms.
=arg(V
1
) arg(V
2
). Computing each of the phasors requires the
same computational burdenas the timedomainphase comparison
in Eq. (12). This indicates that the timedomain approach allows us
to realize a distance relay algorithmwith a smaller computational
burden than in the phasordomain approach.
3. Block diagram
The proposed algorithms are based on the timedomain
approach utilizing Eqs. (6), (7), (11) and (12). Characteristics of the
proposed algorithms are compared to characteristics of a phasor
domain algorithm, based on the wellknown full cycle discrete
Fourier transformation and Eqs. (2) and (3) in the phasordomain.
The block diagram of the complete system for testing the algo
rithms is shown in Fig. 4.
Input signals from the protected line are obtained from a sim
ulator that calculates electromagnetic transient behavior of the
power system. In our testing we used a sampling rate f
s
=1600Hz,
or m=32 samples per fundamental cycle. Fault type detection is
implemented according to Table 1.
The antialiasing lter (F1) is an analog lowpass lter that is
used to minimize aliasing effects as well as to attenuate the high
frequency components. We used simulation of an analog second
order Butterworth lowpass lter with cutoff frequency of 93.6Hz,
stopband cutoff frequency of 380Hz and stopband attenuation
28dB (F1 in Fig. 5).
Inorder toreduce decaying DCoffset ini
r
andimpact of the tran
sient response of capacitive coupled voltage transformers (CCVTs)
[31], we propose using Characteristic Harmonic Digital Filter
Fig. 5. Frequency responses of the antialiasing lter (F1) and CharmDF (F2).
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Table 3
The relationship between the sampling rates mand the phase differences .
m 16 20 32 64
78.75
81.00
84.37
87.19
(CharmDF), presented in [30], in current i
r
and voltage signals u
r
and u
pol
.
CharmDF is based on the equation:
s
f
(k) = s(k) s(k 1) (13)
where s(k) represents kth signal sample at time t, s (k 1) rep
resents (k 1)th signal sample at time (t T
S
), T
S
represents a
sampling cycle (T
S
=T/m) and s
f
(k) represents the kth ltered signal
sample.
The CharmDF signicantly decreases the level of the decaying
DC component in the current and voltage signals with only one
sample time delay, and also makes a positive phase shift in the
signal s
f
which can be seen in Fig. 6. The phase shift depends on
the sampling rate m, which is shown in Table 3. The relationship
between s
f
and s can be shown by their phasors S
f
and S:
K
1
S

f
= e
i
S

, (14)
where magnitudes of the phasors are related through the following
expression [30]:
K
1
=
1
2 sin(/m)
=
S


S

f

. (15)
The CharmDF is a highpass lter that attenuates the DC com
ponent, while amplifying harmonic components with frequencies
over the fundamental frequency. Its frequency response is shown
in Fig. 5 (F2). The frequency responses of the sums (11) and (12),
and complete timedomain algorithms are presented in the next
section.
For easy comparison of transient behavior of the analyzed algo
rithms, the output of the phasordomain based algorithm PDFC is
also set to detect a fault when its value becomes negative.
4. Frequency responses of the proposed algorithms
For obtaining the most realistic frequency response of the pro
posed algorithms, we have to consider frequency responses of
the antialiasing lter, decaying DCoffset lter, and the time
domain phase comparators. The antialiasing lter is an LP lter
that attenuates harmonic components (F1 in Fig. 5), but passes
the DC component. The decaying DCoffset lter is a highpass l
ter that attenuates the DC component, while amplifying harmonic
Fig. 6. Original (s) and wave (s
f
) ltered by CharmDF.
Fig. 7. Frequency responses of the halfcycle sum(F3) and the fullcycle sum(F4).
components with frequencies over the fundamental frequency (F2
in Fig. 5). The halfcycle sumin Eq. (11) is a lter whose frequency
response is shown in Fig. 7 (F3), while the fullcycle sumin Eq. (12)
is a lter whose frequency response is shown in Fig. 7 (F4). The
fullcycle sum can lter out all harmonic components while the
halfcycle sumcan lter out only evenorder harmonics. In order to
determine the frequency response of the whole timedomain algo
rithms we have to analyze howthe harmonic components in input
signals i
r
(k), u
pol
(k) and u
r
(k) appear in the algorithms outputs
TDHC and TDFC.
The phase comparator has two inputs (v
1
and v
2
) and the main
problem in the timedomain approach is that a harmonic compo
nent in one input appears as a different harmonic component in
their product p. For example, in Fig. 8 we show that the fth har
monic in v
2
, after multiplying with v
1
, appears as two components,
thefourthandthesixthharmonic. Theintegral of pwill lter out the
second, the fourth and the sixth harmonic components, and keep
only the DC component containing the information of the phase
difference between v
1
and v
2
. In a different case, if an evenorder
harmonic appears in v
2
, for example the fourth harmonic, it will
appear in p as the third and the fth harmonic component. The
halfcycle sum in Eq. (11) cannot lter out oddorder harmonic
components and they will appear in output TDHC as a uctuat
ing component, but the fullcycle sum in Eq. (12) is able to lter
out these harmonics.
This short analysis shows that, in contrast to the phasordomain
approach, for timedomain algorithms it is not possible to plot a
classical frequency response with gain on the vertical axis because
an input harmonic component appears as a fewdifferent harmonic
components in the outputs TDHC and TDFC. This is the reason why
we decided to use error as the variable in our frequency response,
instead of gain. We compared the accurate value C, without har
monic components in input signals, to the outputs TDHC and TDFC
whena harmonic component appears inone input signal. The value
error represents the maximal deviation from the accurate value C
(Fig. 9). In order to compare the proposed timedomain algorithms
to the phasordomain algorithm PDFC, we used the same criteria
to obtain the frequency response of the phasordomain algorithm
whenharmonic components are presentedinsignals i
r
(k) andu
r
(k).
Fig. 8. Signals v
1
, v
2
and p in the frequency domain.
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Fig. 9. Evaluation of the harmonic components impact on the algorithms accuracy.
In Fig. 10 we showthe frequency response of the proposed algo
rithms, as well as the frequency response of the phasordomain
algorithm. In our analyses we considered all explained lters and
put harmonic components in i
r
(k) and u
r
(k) from 0 to 8 with
step 0.1. For this testing each harmonic component has the same
magnitude as the fundamental component of i
r
or u
r
, and each
component is added to the input signal 200 times with random
phase angle. We can see from Fig. 10 that the frequency response
of the fullcycle timedomain algorithm (TDFC) is very similar to
the frequency response of the fullcycle phasordomain algorithm
(PDFC) based on the FCDFT. The halfcycle TDHC is able to lter
out only oddorder harmonics in input signals. All algorithms have
good attenuation for DC components. The frequency responses in
Fig. 10 do not have a sense for the fundamental harmonic because
we do not calculate gain.
Inthenext sectionwewill comparethebehavior of theproposed
algorithms with the phasordomain algorithm using numerous
tests.
5. Testing of the algorithms
Performances of the relaying algorithms are evaluated through
a series of tests using a simulator that calculates electromagnetic
transient behavior of the power system.
Many tests with different fault locations, fault resistances R
f
,
inception angles, source impedance ratios (SIR) and line loads are
conducted to show the algorithms performances. The power sys
tem parameters are given in Fig. 11. Line load is controlled by the
angle . In our testing we used m=32 samples per fundamental
cycle.
The rst task is choosing an optimal angle of the MHO operating
characteristic for all further tests. In Table 4 we showed how the
relays reach depends on the fault resistance for different angles
Fig. 10. Frequency responses of the proposed timedomain algorithms and the
phasordomain algorithm.
Table 4
The relationship between the protected zone and the angle for different fault
resistances R
f
.
R
f
0 10 20 30 40
=33.75
85% 99% 89% 81% 74%
=45.00
85% 88% 81% 72% 64%
=56.25
85% 84% 75% 65% 56%
=67.00
85% 80% 70% 59% 48%
Table 5
Impact of the loaddirectiontothe distance relayprotectedzone (SIR=0.3, =45.00
,
R
f
=0).
LOAD =5
=10
=15
=20
Forward ( =) 85% 85% 85% 85%
Reverse ( =) 84% 83% 83% 82%
Table 6
Impact of the load direction to the distance relay protected zone (SIR=5, =45.00
,
R
f
=0).
LOAD =5
=10
=15
=20
Forward ( =) 84% 85% 86% 87%
Reverse ( =) 81% 79% 78% 76%
of the MHO characteristic . For each angle we chose a cross
polarizedMHO characteristic that offers 85%relayreachfor forward
line load (inFig. 11 load ows fromE
S
to E
R
, =10
), fault resistance
R
f
=0and SIR=0.3. We can notice that for some fault resistances
it is possible overreach, but for increasing and R
f
reach is smaller.
According to Table 4 we chose the crosspolarized MHO character
istic with =45
(delay=4) for all further tests.
Tables 5and6showhowthe relays reachfor a chosenoperating
characteristic depends on different load directions and different
SIR. We can notice that for small SIR and forward load direction, the
relays reach does not depend on the line load, yet for the reverse
direction, we can notice a small underreach. Bigger underreach and
small overreach is noticeable for SIR=5.
The algorithms are tested on phasetoground fault, phaseto
phase fault, and threephase fault. Voltage and current waveforms
are shown in Fig. 12 for ag fault, Fig. 14 for ab fault and Fig. 16
for abc fault at 40kmand with SIR=0.3. The waveforms contain a
lot of noise after the fault inception. The outputs of the algorithms
are showed in Fig. 13(ag fault), Fig. 15(ab fault) and Fig. 17(abc
fault). It can be observed that the timedomain fullcycle algorithm
TDFChas verysimilar output tothephasordomainalgorithmPDFC.
The halfcycle algorithmTDHC has a smaller time delay but in case
of the current transformer saturation (Fig. 18) we can observe that
the output of the TDHC algorithmuctuates due to the presence of
evenorder harmonics in input current.
For faults that cause very low line voltages, the transient out
put voltage from capacitive coupled voltage transformers (CCVT)
may be different from its input voltage waveform. Fig. 19a shows
the voltage waveform in the primary system (ratio voltage) and
the transient voltage waveformin the secondary of CCVT. If we did
not use CharmDF, then the algorithms outputs would be affected
as shown in Fig. 19b. After the fault occurs the output in Fig. 19b
Fig. 11. Single line diagramof the power systemmodel.
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Fig. 12. Voltage andcurrent waveforms for phasetogroundfault at 40kmdistance.
Fig. 13. Outputs fromcompared algorithms for phasetoground fault.
drops belowits steady value and that can cause the incorrect over
reach. In order to reduce CCVT transients we applied CharmDF to
the voltage signals. Fig. 20 shows that applying this lter mitigates
CCVT transients and TDFC does not drop belowits steady value.
We also compared operating times for different SIR and fault
locations. FromFig. 21 it can be observed that the TDHC algorithm
Fig. 14. Voltage and current waveforms for phasetophase fault at 40kmdistance.
Fig. 15. Outputs fromcompared algorithms for phasetophase fault.
Fig. 16. Voltage and current waveforms for threephase fault at 40kmdistance.
has anoperating time under 0.6fundamental cycle for all fault loca
tions and SIR. The TDFC algorithmhas an operating time up to 1.1
fundamental cycles, and its speed is practically the same as the
speed of the PDFC algorithm.
The operating time is also tested for a phasetoground fault
at different fault locations, at various inception angles, and fault
resistances, while SIR=0.3. The results of simulations are summa
rized in Tables 715. Inception angles of the voltage waveformare
90
, 45
and 0
. The operating time of the algorithms is provided in
Fig. 17. Outputs fromcompared algorithms for threephase fault.
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Fig. 18. Impact of saturation of the current transformer to the timedomain algo
rithms outputs.
Fig. 19. Impact of the CCVT transient on the algorithms output when CharmDF is
not applied.
Table 7
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 90
and R
f
=0.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.08 0.38 0.35
30% 0.41 0.53 0.53
50% 0.42 0.58 0.58
70% 0.52 0.98 0.98
80% 0.6 1.07 1.06
Fig. 20. Impact of the CCVT transient on the algorithms output when CharmDF is
applied.
Fig. 21. Operating time of the compared algorithms for different source impedance
ratios (SIR).
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Table 8
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 45
and R
f
=0.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.1 0.16 0.16
30% 0.15 0.56 0.55
50% 0.25 0.6 0.6
70% 0.55 0.74 0.74
80% 0.6 1.05 1
Table 9
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 0
and R
f
=0.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.21 0.28 0.26
30% 0.28 0.62 0.6
50% 0.35 0.74 0.72
70% 0.63 0.82 0.82
80% 0.72 1.15 1.1
Table 10
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 90
and R
f
=20.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.1 0.39 0.38
30% 0.4 0.52 0.52
50% 0.42 0.78 0.7
70% 0.51 0.96 0.96
80% 0.92 1.42 1.41
Table 11
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 45
and R
f
=20.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.12 0.27 0.26
30% 0.22 0.55 0.55
50% 0.48 0.65 0.64
70% 0.6 1 1
80% 0.7 1.15 1.2
Table 12
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 0
and R
f
=20.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.23 0.37 0.37
30% 0.3 0.65 0.65
50% 0.57 0.76 0.76
70% 0.68 1.1 1.08
80% 0.82 1.3 1.3
Table 13
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 90
and R
f
=40.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.28 0.42 0.41
30% 0.41 0.75 0.68
50% 0.45 0.9 0.9
70% nop nop nop
80% nop nop nop
Table 14
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 45
and R
f
=40.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.15 0.48 0.47
30% 0.45 0.62 0.62
50% 0.52 0.95 0.91
70% nop nop nop
80% nop nop nop
Table 15
Operating time in cycles for an inception angle of 0
and R
f
=40.
Fault location Time domain algorithm Phasor domain
PDFC
TDHC TDFC
10% 0.28 0.61 0.6
30% 0.52 0.72 0.72
50% 0.66 1.06 1.04
70% nop nop nop
80% nop nop nop
fundamental cycles, while nop is used for cases when an algorithm
did not operate. Tables 715 show that the nop cases occurred for
the biggest R
f
according to Table 4 for =45
. The operating time
also increases for larger R
f
. Those results also show that the pro
posed timedomain algorithmhas nearly the same operating speed
as the phasordomain algorithm.
6. Conclusions
Two versions of a distance relay algorithm based on the time
domain approach are presented and compared to an algorithm
based on the phasordomain approach with fullcycle DFT. There
aretwomaindifferences betweenthetimedomainandthephasor
domain algorithms. The rst is that it is not possible to get classical
frequency response for the timedomain algorithms because its
phase comparator multiplies input voltages and currents. We used
a different criterion and showed that the fullcycle version of the
timedomain algorithmhas nearly the same frequency response as
the phasordomain algorithmbased on FCDFT. The halfcycle ver
sion of the timedomain algorithmcould not lter out evenorder
harmonics, and that is the reason why its algorithmcannot be used
in a case where current transformer saturation is expected. The
second difference is that the timedomain algorithmuses delayed
input signals in order to achieve phase shifts for different cross
polarized MHO operating characteristics. Tests showed that these
delayed signals practically did not affect the operation speed.
After all tests we can make a few conclusions. The proposed
timedomain algorithm has nearly the same frequency response
and operating speed as the traditional phasordomain based algo
rithm. The main advantage is that the timedomain approach
allows for realization of an MHO operating characteristic with a
smaller computational burden than the phasordomain approach,
which requires calculating the phasors for all inputs. The main dis
advantage of the timedomain approach is that the angle of the
operating characteristic can be set in only discrete steps that are
dependent on the sampling frequency.
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