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 In a generating station the generator and transformer

are the most expensive equipments and hence it is
desirable to employ a protective system to isolate the
faulty equipment as quickly as possible to keep the
healthy section in normal operation and to ensure
uninterruptable power supply.
 The basic electrical quantities those are likely to
change during abnormal fault conditions are current,
voltage, phase angle and frequency . Protective relays
utilizes one or more of these quantities to detect
abnormal conditions in a power system.
Generator protection:
 Stator protection
 Restricted earth fault
 Negative sequence current
 Loss of load
 Rotor earth fault
 Over speed
 Over voltage
 Loss of field
 Back up over current
Differential protection:
 CTs are provided at each end of the generator winding
which is to be protected.(as shown in fig.)
 When there is no fault the differential current (I1-I2)
through the relay is zero. So the relay will not operate.
 When the fault occurs the balance is disturbed and
differential current (I1-I2) flows through the operating
coil of the relay causing relay operation and the trip
circuit of the circuit breaker is closed.
Differential protection of generator:
Differential protection using balancing resistor:
Biased differential protection
Modified differential protection:
 Generally protection is made for 80 to 85% of the
 If any fault occurs near the neutral point then the fault
current is very small and relay does not operate.
 Modified differential protection scheme is used to over
come this.
 Two phase elements (PC and PA) and balancing
resistor(BR) is connected in star and the earth
relay(ER) is connected between the star point and
neutral pilot wire.
Modified differential protection
Restricted or balanced earth fault
 In case of small size generators star point is not
available because it is made inside the generator and
grounded through some low resistance then
percentage differential relay for ground fault is
provided and is known as restricted earth fault
 This scheme can be used only for ground faults but not
for phase faults.
Restricted or Balanced earth fault protection
Stator protection:
Stator faults include the following-
i. Phase-to-earth faults
ii. Phase-to-phase faults
iii. Inter-turn faults
From these phase faults and inter turn faults are less
common ,these usually develop into an earth faults.
This causes-
Arcing to core
Damage of conductor and insulation
Stator inter-turn fault protection:
 Inter-turn fault on the same phase of the stator
winding cannot be detected by transverse differential
protection as it does not disturb the balance between
the currents in neutral and high voltage CTs.
 For protection against inter-turn faults the following
protection schemes are used.
(1)Cross differential protection.
(2)Residual voltage protection.
Cross differential protection:
 Used in case of hydro-
electric generator having
double winding armature.
 As shown in figure relay
Rc provides protection
against phase to ground
and phase to phase fault.
 The relay R1 provides
protection against inter-
turn faults.
Residual voltage protection:
 These method is used in
case of alternators those
dont have parallel stator
 During normal operation

In case of fault VRES is not
zero and this residual
voltage operates the relay.
Rotor faults:
 Faults in the rotor circuit may be either earth faults or
between the turns of the field winding .
 Field circuits are normally operated un-earthed. So a
single earth fault will not affect its operation.
 But when a second fault arises then field winding is
short circuited and produce unsymmetrical field
system which leads to unbalanced forces on rotor and
results in excess pressure and bearing and shaft
Rotor earth fault protection:
 The rotor earth fault protection is done by dc
injection method or ac injection method.
 The dc or ac voltage is impressed between the field
circuit and ground through a sensitive overvoltage
relay and current limiting resistor or capacitor(in case
of ac).
 But dc source is generally used as over-current relay in
case of dc is more sensitive than ac.
 A single earth fault in rotor circuit will complete the
path and the fault is sensed by the relay.
Rotor earth fault protection
Rotor temperature alarm
 It is provided in large
 It indicates the level of
temperature but not the
actual hot spot
 The relay measures the
temperature by
measuring the resistance
.(as shown in fig)
Loss of excitation protection:
When the excitation of generator is lost it operate as a
Induction generator. It derives excitation from the
system and supply power at leading power factor.
Which may cause-
 A fall in voltage & so loss of synchronism & system
 Over heating of rotor due to induction current on it.
A protection having MHO characteristic
is used to detect loss of field.
Over voltage protection:
 Overvoltage protection is required in case of hydro-
electric or gas turbine generators but not in case of
turbo generators.
Over voltage may be caused due to-
 Transient over voltage in the transmission line due to
 Defective operation of the voltage regulator.
 Sudden loss of load due to line tripping.
The protection is provided with an over voltage relay.
It is usually of induction pattern with an IDMT
Overload protection:
 Overloading of the machine causes overheating in the
stator winding.
 This can be prevented by using over-current relay with
time delay adjustment.
 But overheating not only depends on over-current but
also the failure of the cooling system in the generator.
 So temperature detector coils such as thermistors or
thermocouples are used at various points in stator
winding for indication of the temperature.
Reverse power protection:
 When prime-mover fails machine starts motoring and
draws electrical power from the system and this is
known as inverted operation .
 The generator can be protected from inverted
operation by using single-element directional power
relay(reverse power relay) which senses the direction
of power flow.
Negative phase sequence
 Unbalance may cause due to single phase fault or
unbalanced loading and it gives rise to negative
sequence current .
 This current in rotor causes rotor overheating and
damage to the rotor.
 This can be protected by negative sequence current
filter with over current relay.
Negative phase sequence protection:
Automatic field suppression and
use of neutral circuit breaker:
 In case of a fault in the generator and though the
circuit breaker is tripped ,the fault continues to fed as
long as excitation will exist because emf is induced in
the generator itself.
 Hence all protection system not only trip the generator
circuit breaker but also trip the automatic field
discharge switch .
Automatic field suppression and use of neutral
circuit breaker
External fault back up protection:
 Over-current and earth-fault protection is
provided for back-up protection of large
sized generators protected by differential
 Induction type IDMT relay is used for this
External fault back-up protection
 Protective relays are used to detect electrical faults and
to alarm, disconnects or shutdown the faulted
apparatus to provide personnel safety and equipment
 A protective relay does not prevent the appearance of
faults rather takes action only after a fault has occurred
in the system.
 Electrical power system
by C.L.Wadhwa
 Electrical power
by J.B.Gupta
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