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Submitted by


REJIL.C (SEE - 1987)
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of degree of



(Affiliated to M.G University)
MARCH - 2010
SCMS School of Engineering and Technology
Karukutty, Ernakulam.

This is to certify that this is a bonafide record of the project work titled
Generator Relay Panel and Design and Simulation of Numerical Relay”
Relay” done by
Winston Netto,
Netto, Karthick Hari, Rejil. C and Shamsheer C.K during the academic
year 2009-2010 in partial fulfillment for the award of Degree of Bachelor of
Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Mahatma Gandhi
University, Kottayam.

Ashly Mary Tom

(Asst. Professor) Head of the Department
Internal Guide Electrical and Electronics Engineering

First and foremost we thank Almighty for making this venture a success.

We sincerely express our gratitude to Mrs. Sreekumari Radhakrishnan

(Human Resources - ES) RGCCPP for providing us with the necessary
facilities and guidance required to complete the project.

We also extend our gratefulness to Mr. Anil Kumar P.K (DGM), Mr.
K.S.Venkataraman (Dy. Supdt), Mr. Ashil Thomas (Engr) and Mr. Manu
George (Engr) of Electrical Maintenance Dept, RGCCPP, Kayamkulam for
their valuable technical guidance throughout this project.

We wish to thank all the staff members of Department of Electrical

Maintenance and Department of Human Resources, RGCCPP,
Kayamkulam for their kind cooperation.

We are thankful to Mrs. Deepa S, Associate Professor, Department of

Electrical and Electronics for her timely help and cooperation.

We express our sincere gratitude to our internal guide Mrs. Ashly Mary
Tom, Asst. Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics for her
valuable guidance and cooperation.

We wish to thank all the staff members of Department of Electrical and


Our modern working lives would be inconceivable without power supply systems,
instrumentation and control equipment. They have become matter-of-fact and we
realize their significance only when they breakdown. The potential scenario ranges
from a brief interruption in the work to bankruptcy. Only good protection can prevent

The protection scheme is to protect the station equipments from abnormal condition.
Such a scheme should consist of protective relays and circuit breakers. Protective relays
functions as the sensing device, it sense the fault, determines its location, send a
tripping command to the breakers. The circuit breaker then disconnects the faulty
element. A number of relays are used in power protection system depending on the
kind of fault to be detected, the equipment to be protected by the relay, location etc. any
such relay plays and important role and must be reliable, efficient and fast in operation.
By clearing the fault fast with the help of fast acting protective relays and associated
circuit breakers, damage to the apparatus can be avoided or reduced by removing the
faulty section.

With growing complexity of modern power systems - faster, more accurate and
reliable protection than existing protection schemes have become essential.
Microcontroller based protective schemes are the latest development in this area.

These micro-controller based schemes generally deliver better performance at

relatively lower cost and with simpler construction because the operation of the
scheme depends largely on programming the micro-controller and little on the actual
hardware connections. In this paper the design and simulation of Impedance relay,
Under frequency relay, Reverse power relay, Field failure relay and Over voltage relay
using PIC16F72 micro-controller is described.
Acknowledgement i
Abstract ii
Contents iii
List of notations v
List of figures vi
List of tables vii
Chapter 1 Introduction to Power Sector 1
Chapter 2 About the Company 3
2.1 Overview of RGCCPP 6
2.2 Operation in Brief 7
Chapter 3 Turbines and Operation Cycles 9
3.1Gas Turbine 9
3.2Steam Turbine 10
3.3Combined Cycle 11
Chapter 4 Station Protection System 13
4.1 Relays 14
4.2 Electromechanical Relays 15
4.2.1 Attracted Armature Relay 16
4.2.2 Moving Coil Type 17
4.2.3 Induction Type Relay 18
4.3 Static Relays 20
4.4 Numerical Relays 20
4.5 Characteristics of Relay 21
Chapter 5 Need for Instrument Transformer 22
Chapter 6 Tripping Mechanism 23
6.1 Inter Tripping 24
6.2 Direct Tripping 24
6.3 Permissive Tripping 25
6.4 Relay Settings 25
Chapter 7 Protection Schemes 32
7.1 Differential Protection 32
7.2 Reverse Power Protection 36
7.3 Generator Impedance Relay 39
7.4 Over Voltage Protection 40
7.5 Abnormal Frequency Protection 43
7.6 Field Failure Protection 45

Chapter 8 Design and Simulation of Numerical Relay. 49
8.1 Generator Relay Panel in NTPC 50
8.2 PIC Microcontroller 53
8.3 PIC16F72 Microcontroller 56
8.4 Numerical Relay Design Considerations 58
8.5 Software 61
8.6 Hardware 64
8.7 Component List 66
8.8 Advantages of Numerical Relay 70
8.9 Disadvantages of Numerical Relay 70
Conclusion 71
References 72


1. MW Mega Watt
2. kWh Kilo Watt Hour
3. RES Renewable Energy Sources
4. WHRSG Waste Heat Recovery Steam Generator
5. GTG Gas Turbine Generator
6. STG Steam Turbine Generator
7. CT Current Transformer
8. PT Potential Transformer
9. C.B Circuit Breaker
10. UAT Unit Auxiliary Transformer
11. PSM Plug setting Multiplier
12. TSM Time Setting Multiplier
13. SLG Single – Line to Ground Fault
14. DG Diesel Generator
15. GCB Generator Circuit Breaker
16. FCB Field Circuit Breaker
17. HVCB High Voltage Circuit Breaker
18. LT Low Tension
19. HT High Tension
20. PIC Programmable Interface Controller
21. RAM Random Access Memory
22. ROM Read only Memory
23. ADC Analog to Digital Converter
24. DAC Digital to Analog Converter
25. CMOS Complementary metal oxide semiconductor



01 Relay 14
02 Attracted Armature Relay 16
03 Moving Coil Type 17
04 Induction Type Relays 18
05 Static Relays 20
09 Tripping mechanism 23
07 Single Line Diagram of RGCCPP 31
08 Differential protection 32
09 Differential protection - External Fault 33
10 Differential protection - Internal Fault 33
11 Generator Differential Protection 35
12 Reverse Power Protection 38
13 Generator Impedance Relay 40
14 Over Voltage Protection 42
15 Under Frequency Layers 45
16 Generator Field Failure Relay 48
17 Electromechanical Relay Panel 50
18 Typical Electromechanical Relay 51
19 Pin Diagram for PIC16F72 57
20 Flowchart for Numerical Relay Design 63
21 Input Simulator – Block Diagram 64
22 Numerical Relay – Block Diagram 64
23 Numerical Relay on PCB 65
24 Schematic Diagram – Numerical Relay 67
25 Schematic Diagram – Simulator Sheet No.1 68
26 Schematic Diagram – Simulator Sheet No.2 69


01 Power Generated in India 1
02 Power Generated from various Resources 2
03 Capacity of Plants using various resources 4
04 Tripping Scheme for GTG. 26
05 Gas Turbine Generator – Relay settings 27
06 Components list 66
Power is the basic need for the economical development of any country. The availability
of electricity has been the most powerful vehicle of introducing economic development
and social changes throughout the world. The process of modernization, increase in
productivity in industry and agriculture and improvement in the standard of living of the
people basically depend on the adequate supply of the electric energy. Appropriately
programs relating to the generation, transmission and distribution of electric energy have
been the highest priority in the national planning process.

Since independence, emphasis as been laid on strengthening and modernization of the

transmission and distribution system along with growth of power generation facilities. As
a result the installed generating capacity in India has increased multifold from a level of
1300MW in 1947 to 155859.23 MW . Correspondingly per capita consumption from a
level of 15.60kWh to 606.20kWh during the year 1950 to 2009. Since only 40% of house
holds have electricity, still 125000 villages have to be electrified.
SHP = Small Hydro Project
BG = Biomass Gasfier
BP = Biomass Power
U&I = Urban & Industrial Water Power
RES = Renewable Energy Sources.

Generation and distribution system in India is quite extensive. The country has been
divided into six regions mainly northern, western, eastern, southern, north-eastern and
islands. Each with a regional electricity board so as to promote integrated operation of the
constituent power system. Each state has a state electricity board responsible for
generation transmission and distribution of electric power in their respective states. The
central government also has control over many generating plants, transmission lines and
substations through central organizations like National Thermal Power Corporation,
National Hydro-electric Power Corporation, Nuclear Power Corporation, and Power Grid
Corporation of India Limited etc.
NTPC, India's largest power company, was set up in 1975 to accelerate power development
in India. It has emerged as an ‘Integrated Power Major’, with a significant presence in the
entire value chain of power generation business. NTPC ranked 317th in the 2009, Forbes
Global 2000, ranking of the World’s biggest companies.


The total installed capacity of the company is 30,644 MW with 15 coal based and 7 gas
based stations, located across the country. In addition under JVs, 3 stations are coal based
& another station uses Naphtha/LNG as fuel. By 2017, the power generation portfolio is
expected to have a diversified fuel mix with coal based capacity of around 53000 MW,
10000 MW through gas, 9000 MW through Hydro generation, about 2000 MW from
nuclear sources and around 1000 MW from Renewable Energy Sources (RES). NTPC has
adopted a multi-pronged growth strategy which includes capacity addition through green
field projects, expansion of existing stations, joint ventures, subsidiaries and takeover of
NTPC has been operating its plants at high efficiency levels. Although the company has
18.79% of the total national capacity it contributes 28.60% of total power generation due
to its focus on high efficiency.
Recognizing its excellent performance and vast potential, Government of the India has
identified. NTPC as one of the jewels of Public Sector 'Maharatnas'- a potential global
giant. Inspired by its glorious past and vibrant present, NTPC is well on its way to realize
its vision of being "A world class integrated power major, powering India's growth, with
increasing global presence".
The Kayamkulam Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Project (RGCCPP) is the first
naphtha – based plant in the country.

The 350MW combined cycle power is executed by the NTPC Ltd in the Kayamkulam
Kayal reclaimed area in Arattupuzha village of Alappuzha backwaters is now the centre
of this gigantic project. The project has 3 units comprising of 2 gas turbines of 115MW
each and one steam turbine of 129MW. The fuel (naphtha) requirement is 1750MT per
day and 0.45million MT annually for full load operation. This is being transported from
Irimpanam, Kochi to Cheppad installations\ transit storage area by railway wagons. From
Cheppad it is being transferred through 5.5km pipelines to Kayamkulam plant site where
a storage capacity of 4 tanks each of 10000KL are provided.

The Gas Turbine is designed for firing multi-fuel such as naphtha and natural gas. The
directly coupled compressor of gas turbine sucks air from atmosphere through specially
designed air filter and sends to combustion chamber. The hot product of combustion is
made to expand in the turbine section where the thermal energy is converted to
mechanical energy which drives the turbine and in turn drives the coupled generator.

The temperature of the exhaust gas from the turbine is around 5530C and still has
considerable heat energy and is capable of producing power. Waste heat recovery steam
generators (WHRSG) are used to recover the valuable heat energy. In the WHRSG, DM
water is heated by the hot turbine exhaust gases to produce steam before the gases are let
out to atmosphere. Achenkovil River through a pipe line of about 8km from the river to
raw water treatment plant where it is utilized for producing steam and used for other

A bypass stack is also provided to let the hot gases directly to atmosphere in case
WHSRG is shut down for maintenance etc. In the WHSRG steam is produced in two
levels viz. low pressure with a pressure of 6kg/cm2 and high pressure with a pressure of
80kg/cm2 which are separately piped to HP/LP cylinders of steam turbine. High pressure
steam is produced in HP turbine and low pressure steam is introduced in LP turbine along
with the exhaust from HP turbine. In turbine the thermal energy of steam is converted
into mechanical energy which drives the turbine which is coupled to the generator to
produce electricity. The steam after expansion in steam turbine is condensed in a
condenser using circulating water as a cooling medium.
The plant also consists of two unit auxiliary transformers of 10./6.6kV connected to
6.6kV bus for station supply purpose. The plant has LT power transformers, HT and LT
motors etc for the plant operation. The plant is equipped with air compressor units,
cooling towers oil pumps etc for its operation.

The electrical power in both gas turbine generator and steam turbine generator is
generated at a voltage of 10.5kV which is stepped up to 220kV by generator transformers
to 220kV gas insulated switch gear through 220kV breakers. The power then goes to
220kV double circuit power evacuation feeder system to be finally fed into grid. The
power is evacuated through four numbers of 220kV transmission lines connected to the
Edappon, Pallom and Kundra substations.

Inspired by a glorious past of illuminating home, electrifying industries and brightening

the economy and driven by its vibrant present, NTPC is looking ahead to be among the
worlds foremost utilities. NTPCs corporate plan blends an ambitious growth strategy with
financial synergy and seeks to pursue the excellence and emerges as a power giant on the
global circuit. The corporation has committed itself to achieving the status of a
30000MW plus company by 2009 and 40000MW plus power giant by 2012.

New horizons come into view as NTPC sets its sight on covering new ground with multi-
pronged growth strategy of capacity addition through green field sites expansion of
existing stations, takeovers and join ventures with selective diversification in related
areas like hydel power non-conventional energy development. In addition, NTPC plans to
take up renovation of power stations through a joined venture company investment in
LNG terminal and investment in coal mining; setting up of power plant abroad; joint
ventures for ash-based industries; setting up of associated extra high voltage transmission
lines/inter-regional EHV transmission lines so as to ensure evacuation of power from
NTPC station.


The gas turbine is a common form of heat engine working with a series of processes
consisting of compression of air from atmosphere, increase of working medium
temperature by constant pressure ignition of fuel in combustion chamber and expansion
of working medium thereby causing the turbine to rotate.

When gas turbines were first applied the electric power generation industry some 20
years back, the majority of the power generated by gas turbines was for the peaking load
service. Since then how ever, with increase in efficiency and reliability, the gas turbine is
being utilized more and more in base load generation. With current state of art gas turbine
technology, combined cycles with efficiency in the neighbourhood of 55% can be
achieved and are projected to increase to 60% within next couple of years. The useful
work developed by the turbine may be used directly as mechanical energy or may be
converted into electricity by turning a generator. An aircraft jet engine is a gas turbine
except that the useful work is produced as thrust from the exhaust of the turbine.

Today gas turbine unit’s sizes with output above 200MW at ISO conditions have been
designed and developed.


The turbine is a tandem compound with HP and LP sections. The HP section is a single
flow turbine where as the LP is double flow. The individual turbine rotors and the
generator rotor are connected by rigid couplings.

The HP turbine has been constructed for throttle control governing. The initial steam is
admitted before the blading by two combined main steam stop and control valves. The
steam from HP exhaust is led to the LP turbine through cross around pipes.

Additional steam from the LP stage is waste heat recovery generator is passed to the LP
turbine via two combined LP stop and control-valves.

HP Turbine

The HP turbine is of single flow; double shell construction horizontally split castings.
Allowance is made for thermal movement is the inner casing within the outer casing. The
main steam enters the inner casing from top and bottom. The provision of inner casing
confines high steam inlet temperature and pressure conditions to the flange of the outer
casing is subjected only to the lower pressure and temperature effective at the exhaust
from the inner casing.

LP Turbine

The casing of the double flow LP turbine is of three-shell design. The shells are of
horizontally spilt welded construction. The inner casing which carries the first rows of
stationary blades is supported on the inner-outer casing rests at four points on
longitudinal girders, independent of the outer casing. Three guide blade carries, carrying
the last guide blade rows are bolted to the inner-outer casing.
Two gas turbines and one steam turbine put together is called a combined cycle block.
Combined cycle power plant integrates two power conversion cycles, Brayton cycle (gas
turbine) and Rankine cycle (steam turbine) with the principle objective of increasing
overall plant efficiency.

Brayton cycle
Gas turbine plants operate on this cycle in which air is compressed. The compressed air is
heated in the combustor by burning fuel, a part of the compressed air is used for
combustion and the flue gases produced are allowed to expand in the turbine which is
coupled with the generator. The temperature of exhaust is in the range of 500-550 C.

Rankine cycle
The conversion of heat energy to mechanical energy with the aid of steam is based on this
thermo dynamic cycle. In its simplest way cycle works as follows.

The initial state of the working fluid is water which at a certain temperature is pressurized
by a pump and fed to boiler. In the boiler the pressurized water is heated at constant
pressure. Super heated steam is expanded in the turbine which is coupled with a
generator. Modern steam power plants have steam temperature in the range of 5000C-
5500C at the inlet of the turbine.
The gas turbine’s exhaust heat can be recovered using waste heat recovery boiler to run a
steam turbine on Rankine cycle. If the efficiency of Gas turbine cycle is 30% and the
efficiency of Rankine cycle is 35% then overall efficiency becomes 45%. Conventional
fossil fuel fired boiler of the steam power plant is replaced with a heat recovery steam
generator-HRSG. The exhaust gases from the gas turbine is led to the HRSG where heat
of exhaust gases utilized to produce steam at desired parameters as required by the steam

Our modern working lives would be inconceivable without power supply systems,
instrumentation and control equipment, IT networks and much more besides. They have
become matter-of-fact and we realize their significance only when they breakdown. The
potential scenario ranges from a brief interruption in the work to bankruptcy. Only good
protection can prevent that.

Modern power systems are complex systems growing fast with more generators,
transformers and large network. For system operation a high degree of reliability is
required. In order to protect the system from damage due to undue currents or abnormal
voltage caused by faults, the need of reliable protective devices such as relays and circuit
breakers arises. Such a protective mechanism would enable the electricity supply
company deliver power to consumers continuously with in specified limit of voltage and

The protection scheme is to protect the station equipments from abnormal condition.
Such a scheme should consist of protective relays and circuit breakers. Protective relays
functions as the sensing device, it sense the fault, determines its location, send a tripping
command to the breakers. The circuit breaker then disconnects the faulty element. A
number of relays are used in power protection system depending on the kind of fault to be
detected, the equipment to be protected by the relay, location etc. any such relay plays
and important role and must be reliable, efficient and fast in operation. By clearing the
fault fast with the help of fast acting protective relays and associated circuit breakers,
damage to the apparatus can be avoided or reduced by removing the faulty section.
The purpose of protection systems are

Minimise damage
Leave unaffected equipments in service
Maintain equipment operating limits
Maintain electrical system stability


Relays are devices by means of which an electric circuit can be controlled

(opened/closed) by the change in the same circuit or the other circuit. The protective
systems are necessary with almost every electric plant. The power systems comprise
many diverse items of equipments which are very expensive, so the complete power
system represents a very large capital investment. No matter how well designed, faults
will occur on a power system and these faults may represent a risk of life and property.
The provision of adequate protection to detect and disconnect the elements of power
system in the event of fault is therefore an integral part of power system design. In order
to fulfil the requirements of protection with optimum speed for the many different
configurations, operating conditions and construction feature of the power system, it has
been necessary to develop many types of relays that respond to various functions if the
power system quantities.

Figure: 1
Relays may be classified according to the technology used



Electromechanical relays are the conventional relays having movable sub assemblies.
The operation of such relays depending upon the electromagnetic attraction or
electromagnetic induction effects of electric current. The protection system if the plant is
implemented by using electro mechanical relays, except a fewer number of static relays.

Electro mechanical relays can be classified to several different types:

Attracting armature type

Polarised attracted armature relay
Moving coil
Induction type
Motor operated

Principles of operation commonly used in relays are discussed below:


These are the simplest class and most extensively used relays. The operation principle is
as follows. Current or voltage applied to the coils produce flux, which attracts the
armature or the plunger against a restraining spring. They are fast acting and are suitable
for use as instantaneous over current and over voltage relays and also for auxiliary
functions. In actual execution, they come with a range of settings accomplished by taps to
change number of turns or by changing spring tension. The formal is a step change and
the continuous variation. The operational force is proportional to the square of current in
the coil. Relays tend to chatter, which is reduced by slugging. Operating time can be
delayed by slugging.

Figure: 2

The motor action of current carrying conductor in a magnetic field produces a moving
system, which is the basis for moving coil indicating instruments and relays. The core
inside the coil is a permanent magnet. The magnetic circuit is completed by concentric
mild steel tube giving an annular gap in which swings the moving coil. The coil is wound
on aluminium former. The induced eddy current in this provides necessary damping
effect. With power permanent magnet, very low energy input produces adequate torque
and hence very sensitive relays are possible.

Figure: 3

The next class of relays are induction type relays, which are again subdivided into
induction disk type, induction cup type etc. Induction relays are most widely used for
protective relaying. In principle, it is a split phase induction motor. Alternating current or
voltage applied to main coil produces magnetic flux most of which passes through the
disk. The shortest turns of lag coil on one of the legs cause a time and phase shift in the
flux through leg into the disk. The main and this phase shifted flux ( 1, 2) inducing
eddy currents (i1, and i2) in this disk. The current induced by one flux reacts with other
flux to produce forces that act on the bottom.

The net force F2 – F1 I 2sin

Figure: 4
where is the angle by which one flux leads other. The net torque produces force is
uniform at all instance of the cycle. For single quantity, the torque is proportional to the
square of the quantity. The spiral spring provides for the reset of contacts on removal of
operating quantity. The contact closing time depends on the magnitude of the operating
quantity. Hence an inverse time characteristics result. The current setting is by taps on
the coil and time dial setting is by adjustment of spacing between the contacts. The relay
overshot results because of inherent inertia of the moving system. Because of the heavy
moving components, the relay operation is not fast.

A static relay referred to the relay, which has no armature or other moving elements. The
measurement is carried out by stationary electronics circuits. The solid state components
used are transistors, resistors, capacitors and so on. The response is developed by
electronic, magnetic, optical or other components without mechanical motion. Static
relays have quick response, long life, shock proof, fewer problems of maintenance, high
reliability and high degree of accuracy.

Figure: 5


Conventional electromechanical and static relays are hard wired relays. Their wiring is
fixed, only their setting can be manually changed. Numeric relays are programmable
relays. The characteristics and behaviour of the relay are can be programmed. They have
numerous advantages. They have small burden on CT’s and PT’s. They can process and
display the signals efficiently, accurately and fast as possible manner.


When a fault occurs, the protection scheme is trip only that circuit breaker. This
operation is required to isolate the fault, and then this property of selecting tripping is
also called discrimination and is achieved by two general methods which are time
grading and unit system. Protection systems in successive zones are arranged to operate
in times that are graded through the sequence of equipments so that upon the occurrence
of a fault, although a number of protection equipments response, only these relevant to
the fault zone complete the tripping function. It is possible to design protection system
that responds only to fault condition occurring within a clearly defined zone. This type of
protection system is called unit protection.


The term stability is usually associated with unit protection scheme and refers to the
ability of the protection system to remain unaffected by conditions external to the
protection zone.


The function of protection system is to isolate fault of the power system as rapidly as
possible. The main objective is to safe guard continuity of the supply by removing each
disturbance before it leaves to wide spread loss of synchronism and consequent collapse
of the power system.


The sensitivity is a term frequently used when referring to the minimum operating level
(current, voltage, power etc.) of relays or complete protection schemes. The relay or
scheme is said to be sensitive if the primary operating parameters are low.

Whenever the value of voltage or current in power circuit is too high to permit
convenient direct connection of measuring instruments or relays, coupling is made
through transformers. Such measuring transformers are required to produce a scale down
replica of the input quantity to the accuracy expected for the particular measurement.

Protective relays are actuated by current and voltage supplied by current and voltage
transformers. These transformers provide insulation against the high voltage of the power
circuit, and also supply the relays with quantities proportional to those of the power
circuit, but sufficiently reduced in magnitude so that the relays can be made relatively
small and inexpensive. The proper application of current and voltage transformers
involves the consideration of several requirements such as: mechanical construction, type
of insulation (dry or liquid), ratio in terms of primary and secondary currents or voltages,
service conditions, accuracy, and connections. Protective relays in power systems are
connected to the secondary circuit of current transformer and potential transformers. The
design and use of these transformers are quite different from that of well-known power
transformers. Both current transformers and potential transformers come under the type
instrument transformers.

Figure: 6

The operation of relay depends on whether operating torque/force is greater than

restraining torque or force i.e. the relay operates if the net force F is positive or net torque
T is positive.

F = FO − Fr

F Net force
FO Operating force
Fr Restraining force
T = To− Tr, T Net torque
To Operating torque, Tr Restraining torque
The figure shows the basic connection of the CB control for the opening operation. The
circuit to be protected is shown by the thick line. When a fault occurs in the protective
circuit the current and voltage in the secondary of the associated CT and PT varies which
will activate the relay and the relay operates. We say the relay has picked up. The relay
pick up is due to anyone of the basic principle such as electromagnetic, thermal etc.
Hence when a relay picks up, closes the relay contact, completes the tripping circuit,
which in turn energizes the CB, which will operate and isolate the faulty section from the
healthy one.

Auxiliary relays assist protective relays. They may be instantaneous or may have a time
delay. They relieve the protective relays from duties like sounding an alarm.


Inter tripping is the controlled tripping of a circuit breaker so as to complete the isolation
of the circuit or piece of apparatus associated with the tripping of other circuit breakers.
The main use of such a scheme is to ensure that protection at both end of a faulted circuit
will operate to isolate equipment concerned.


In direct tripping applications, inter trip signals are sending directly to the master trip
relay. The method of the command circuit causes circuit breaker operation. The method
of communication must be reliable, because any signal detected at the receiving end will
cause a trip of the circuit at that end. The connection system designed must be such that
on the communication circuit does not cause spurious trips should a spurious trip occurs,
considerable unnecessary isolation of the primary system might result, which is at best
undesirable and at worst quiet unacceptable.

Permissive trip commands are always monitored by a protection relay. The circuit
breaker is tripped when receipt of commands coincides with operation of protection relay
at the receiving end responding to a system fault. Requirement for the communication
channel are less than for direct tripping schemes, since receipt of an incorrect signal must
coincide with operation of the receiving end operation for a trip operation to take place.
The intentions of these schemes are to speed up tripping for faults occurring within the
protected zone.


Gas turbine, Generator circuit breaker, Field circuit breaker,

186A1 High voltage circuit breaker, Unit auxiliary transformer
186A2 Gas turbine, Generator circuit breaker, Field circuit breaker.

186D2 Generator circuit breaker, Field circuit breaker

186C High voltage circuit breaker




59 G1 Generator over voltage 105−170%;0−5sec 120%

59 G2 Generator over voltage 105−170%;0−5sec Definite time:
relay 110%; 2 sec
Instantaneous: 145%
64 G1 Generator stator earth 5.4− 20 V PSM: 5.4 V
fault relay TSM: 0.1

64 G2 Generator stator earth 2−14 MA; PSM: 5.4 V

fault relay 0.1−6.4 sec TSM: 0.1

64 GIT Generator inter turn 5.4− 20 V PSM: 5.4 V

fault relay TSM: 0.1

64 GT Earth fault relay 5.4− 20 V PSM: 5.4 V

TSM: 0.1

80 G1 Group 1 DC supply 25− 60% 60%

supervision relay
80 G2 Group 2 DC supply 25− 60% 60%
supervision relay
81 G1 Under frequency relay 10.001− 500 Hz; F1 47.4 Hz
0.1− 21 sec T1: 0.21sec;
T2: 0.22 sec
81 G2 Under frequency relay 10.001Hz; F1 47.4 Hz
0.1− 21 sec T1: 0.21sec; T2:
0.22 sec
87 G1 Generator differential 5− 20% PMS: 0.25 A
87 G2 Generator differential 5− 20% PSM: 0.25 A
99 G Generator over flux Inverse: 1−1.25 K1: 1.15; K2: 1.3
relay High set: 1− 1.5
99 GT Generator transformer Inverse: 1−1.25 K1: 1.15 K2: 1.3
over fluxing relay High set: 1−1.5
2/99GT Time delay relay for 0.1− 1 sec 0.2 sec
99 GT.
51 G Generator definite time 50− 200%; 4.32A; 25 sec
over load relay 2.5− 25 sec
21 GRY Generator back up 3− 12 ohm K1: 12 ; K2: 0.5
21 GYB impedance relay
21 GBR
2A/21 G Time delay for 21 G 0.5− 5 sec 1 sec
32 G1 Generator reverse 0.5− 5%; Power: 0.5%
power relay 0.5− 5 sec Time: 5 sec
32 G2 Generator reverse 0.5− 5%; 0.5− 5 Power: 0.5%
power relay sec Time: 5 sec
40 G Generator field failure 5− 50 ohm; K1: 0.855, K2: 2ohm
relay 0.5− 4 ohm K3: 0 ohm, K4:2ohm
K5: 36 ohm
2A/40G Time delay relay for 1− 10 sec 2 sec
2B/40G Time delay for 40 G 2.5− 25 sec 3 sec
27 G Under voltage relay for 30− 90% 30%
40 G
46 G Generator negative 12s: 7.5− 30%, 12s: 10%
sequence relay K1: 10

! "

220kV BUS


To respond quickly to a phase fault with damaging heavy current, sensitive, high speed
protection is normally applied to generators rated in excess of 1 MVA. In generators the
occurrence of phase to phase and three phase faults are rare and less common than phase
to earth faults. When they occur they are match more severe in intensity and require high
speed clearance, if considerable damage to both the stator and rotor is to be avoided.

Differential relays take a variety of forms, depending on the equipment they protect. The
definition of such a relay is “one that operates when the vector difference of two or more
similar electrical quantities exceeds a predetermined amount.” Most differential-relay
applications are of the current-differential type. The dashed portion of the circuit of
Figure: 10 represent the system element that is protected by the differential relay. This
system element might be a length of circuit, a winding of a generator, a portion of a bus,
etc. The secondaries of the CT’s are interconnected, and the coil of an over current relays
connected across the CT secondary circuit.

Figure: 8

Now, suppose that current flows through the primary circuit either to a load or to a short
circuit located at X. The conditions will be as in Figure 10. If the two current
transformers have the same ratio, and are properly connected, their secondary currents
will merely circulate between the two CT’s as shown by the arrows, and no current will
flow through the differential relay.
Figure: 9

But, should a short circuit develop anywhere between the two CT’s, the conditions of
Figure: 12 will then exist. If current flows to the short circuit from both sides as shown,
the sum of the CT secondary currents will flow through the differential relay. It is not
necessary that short-circuit current flow to the fault from both sides to cause secondary
current to flow through the differential relay. A flow on one side only, or even some
current flowing out of one side while a larger current enters the other side, will cause a
differential current. In other words, the differential-relay current will be proportional to
the vector difference between the currents entering and leaving the protected circuit; and,
if the differential current exceeds the relay’s pickup value, the relay will operate.

Figure: 10

The differential protection is one which responds to the vector difference between two or
more similar electrical quantities. In generator protection, the current transformers are
provided at each end of the generator armature windings. When there is no fault in the
windings and for through faults, the currents in the pilot wires fed from CT connections
are equal. The differential current I1s−I2s is zero. When fault occurs inside the protected
winding, the balance is disturbed and the differential current I1s−I2s flows through the
operating coil of relays causing relay operation. Thereby the generator circuit breaker is
tripped. The field is disconnected and discharged through suitable impedance.
Differential relay provides fast protection to stator winding against to phase faults and
phase to ground fault. Differential relay is recommended for generators above 2 MVA.
Differential relay does not respond to through fault and overload.

Generator differential protection is connected across generator terminals through two

current transformers CT 1 and CT 9. This is a single zone protection which protects the
generator from three phase, phase to phase and phase to earth fault. Once the set value
exceeds, 87G1 is picked up, it will actuate an auxiliary relay 87G1X, which in turn
actuates the master relay 186A2. The master relay 186A2 sends tripping command to trip
circuits of gas turbine, generator circuit breaker, field breaker. Another generator
differential 87G2 is also employed as a backup to 87G1.

Figure: 11

For generators operating in parallel with a mains or another generator, it is imperative to

supervise the power direction. If for example the prime mover fails the alternator
operates as a motor and drives the prime mover (diesel or turbine). The reverse power
relay detects the reverse of the power direction and in case of this error switches off the
alternator. This way, power losses and damages of the prime mover are avoided. The
failure of prime mover of a generating set will keep the set running as a synchronous
motor, taking the necessary active power from the network and could be detrimental to
the safety of the set, if maintained for any length of time. The amount of power taken
will depend on the type of prime mover involved and typical values are:

Diesel generator 15 to 25% of rated power

Gas turbines 10 to 15% of rated power

Steam turbine 5 to 7.5% of rated power

These values refer to the condition when power input to the prime mover is completely
cut off. The reverse power relay essentially has two electromagnets. The upper magnet is
coupled with voltage coil energized by a potential transformer. The lower magnet has
current coil energized by a CT. The flux 1 produced by voltage coil lags voltage by 90
degree. Current through current coil lags voltage by an angle and flux produced by the
current coil is almost in phase with current. Driving torque,

T 1 2sin
T VI sin (90− )
T VI cos
T power
If the phase angle becomes more than 90 degree, torque reverses and relay trips the
circuit. When power flows in the normal direction, the relay will be rendered inoperative.
However, power flows in the reverse direction, the flux set up by the actuating quantities
and the two winding develop positive operating torque and relay contact will be closed.
The figure shows the scheme employed for reverse power protection. The relay 32G1 has
a voltage winding energized from VT3 and a current winding energized from CT3. The
32G1 picks up for reverse power , then it activates the master relay 186D2. . The relay
32G2 is a back up to 32G1 with same tripping time.

Figure: 12

Impedance relays are used to cover the protection against phase to phase fault, phase to
earth fault, double phase to earth fault and three phase fault. Impedance relay works on
the principle of impedance of a circuit. In an impedance relay, the torque produced by a
current element is balanced against the torque of a voltage element. The current element
produces positive (pick up) torque, where as the voltage element produces (reset) torque.
In impedance relay two torques created by the electromagnetic action of the voltage and
current and these two quantities are mechanically coupled. The solenoid B is voltage
excited from the secondary of PT. The clockwise torque Tb is developed by the solenoid
B which pulls the plunger P2 downward and tends to rotate the balance arm in the
clockwise direction. The spring acts as a restraining force and sets up mechanical torque
in clockwise direction as shown. Another solenoid A, which is current excited from
secondary of CT connected to the line to be protected and produces torque Ta in anti-
clockwise direction which tends to pull the plunger P2 downwards. Under ordinary
circumstances when there is no fault and equilibrium prevails, then the balance arm
remains horizontal and relay contacts are open. However when fault occur, the current in
current transformer goes up and increases the torque Ta. Also added to this effect the
magnitude of the torque Tb decreases since the voltage drops with the fault.
On the implementation scheme current coil of impedance relay 21G is energized by CT4,
voltage coil is energized by VT2. 21G activates at an impedance of 5 ohm. The relay
21G in turn energizes a set of timer relays 2A/21G with a set value of 1 sec, 2A/21G
activates auxiliary relay 2A/21GX,2A/21GX then activates 2B/21G. Also the relay
2A/21G energizes 186C. The 2A/21GX energizes the master relay 286C. 2B/21G in turn
activates 186A1 the tripping time of 2B/21G is 0.2 sec.

Figure: 13


The field excitation system of generators is usually arranged so that over voltage
conditions at normal running speed cannot possibly occur. The conditions where over
voltage other than transient over voltage, do occur is when the prime mover speed
increases due to a sudden loss of load. The control governors of industrial prime movers
are inherently very sensitive to speed change and resulting increase from any sudden loss
of load is normally checked before any dangerous overload conditions can arise. Over
voltage protection is generally recommended for all hydro-electric or gas-turbine
generators they are subjected to over speed and consequent over voltage and loss of load.
Over voltage on a generator may also occur due to transient surges on the network, or
prolonged power frequency over voltages may arise from a variety of condition. Surge
arresters may be required to protect against transient over voltages, built relay protection
may be used to protect against power frequency over voltages.

A sustained over voltage condition should not occur for a machine with healthy voltage
regulator, but it may be caused by the following contingencies.

a. Defective operation of the automatic voltage regulator on the machine is in isolated


b. Operation under manual control with the voltage regulator out of service. A sudden
variation of the load, in particular the reactive power component, will give rise to a
substantial change in voltage because of the large voltage regulation inherent in a
typical alternator.

c. Sudden loss of load may cause a sudden rise in terminal voltage due to the trapped
field flux and/or over speed.

The overload relay has two electromagnets. The upper electromagnet has two windings;
one of these is primary and is connected to the secondary of voltage transformer. A plug
setting bridge is normally provided for adjusting the number of primary windings so that
the desired voltage setting can be achieved. The secondary winding is energized by
induction from primary, and is connected in series with winding on the lower magnet. By
this arrangement, leakage fluxes of upper and lower electromagnets are sufficiently
displaced in space to set up a rotational torque on the aluminium disk. This torque
opposes the restraining force provided by the spring. Under normal operating condition,
the restraining torque is greater than the driving torque produced by the relay voltage.
However if the voltage exceeds the preset value the driving torque become greater than
restraining torque. Consequently the disk rotates and moving contact bridges the fixed
contacts when the disk rotated through a preset angle.
On the implementation scheme the generator unit has two over voltage relays named
59G1 and 59G2. Both energized by VT2. The relay 59G1 activates at 120% of rated
voltage. 59G1 in turn activates the master relay 186D2. The relay 59G2 activates
auxiliary relay 59G2X. This in turn activates 186D2 and 286D2. 59G2 activates at 110%
of rated value of voltage. If the voltage is 145% of rated value, the acts instantaneously.

Figure: 14

Generator is limited in the degree of abnormal frequency operation that can be tolerated.
At reduced frequencies there will be a reduction in the output capability of generator.
Also there will be an increase in vibratory stresses which may cause cracking of some
parts of the blade structure. Primary under frequency protection for turbine generators is
provided by the implementation of automatic load shedding programs on the power
system. These load shedding programs are designed to:

a) Shed enough loads to relieve the overloading on connected generation.

b) Minimize the risk of damage to the generating plant.
c) Quickly restore system frequency to near normal.
Two types of abnormal frequency conditions can occur on a power system.

Under Frequency condition due to sudden reduction in input power through the loss of
generator importing power.

Over frequency condition due to sudden loss of load or exporting power.

Under Frequency Condition:

During an under frequency operation f the unit it is almost certain to be accompanied by

high value of load current drawn from the generator. This could result in exceeding the
short time thermal capability of the generator. The limitations on generators operating in
an under frequency condition are less restrictive than those placed on the turbine.
However when generator protection is required it has been industry practice to provide
over current protection.

Over Frequency Condition:

Over frequency is usually a result of sudden reduction in load and therefore is usually
associated with light load or no load operation. During over frequency operation machine
ventilation is improved and the flux densities for a given terminal voltage are reduced. If
the generator voltage regulator is left in service at significantly reduced frequencies the
volts per hertz limitation of a generator could be exceeded.

Under frequency relays are commonly associated with gas turbines and are used to
prevent the possibility of over loading the generator in the event of severe loss of
generating capacity on failure of governor speed control system.

Over loading a generators perhaps due to loss of system generation and insufficient load
shedding can lead to prolonged operation of the generator at reduced frequencies. This
can cause particular problems for gas and steam generators which are susceptible to
damage from operation outside of the normal frequency band. The turbines are usually
considered to be more restrictive than the generator at reduced frequencies because of
possible mechanical resonance in the many stages of the turbine blades. If the generator
peed is close to the natural frequency of any of these blades, there will be an increase in
vibration. Cumulative damage to these blades due to vibration can lead to cracking of the
blade structure. While load shedding is the primary protection against generator
overloading, under frequency relay should be used to provide additional protection.

Modern switch gear systems use digital technique for the measurement of frequency. The
reference value of frequency is supplied by a built-in high precision quartz crystal
oscillator of 100 KHz. The oscillations of the oscillator are counted during one cycle of
the system under supervision. If the number of oscillations counted during one cycle
exceeds the set number, means that the measured frequency is lower than the set value
for the time of measurement.

Two under frequency relays 81G1 and 81G2 in implemented in gas turbine generator
units. Both are connected to the secondary of voltage transformer VT2. 81G1 picks up,
when frequency falls below 47.4 Hz, it activates the master relay 186C and 81G2 in turn
activates 286A1. The master relays then send trip commends to corresponding breakers.
Figure: 15


Partial or total loss of field on a synchronous generator is detrimental to both the

generator and the power system (to which it is connected. The condition must be quickly
detected and the generator isolated from the system to avoid generator damage. A loss of
field condition which is not detected can also have a devastating impact on the power
system by causing both a loss of reactive power support as well as creating a substantial
reactive power drain. On large generators this condition can contribute to or trigger an
area wide system voltage collapse. This section of the tutorial discusses the generator
loss of field characteristics and schemes to protect the generator from loss of field

A synchronous generator requires adequate dc voltage and current in its field winding to
maintain synchronism with a power system. There are many types of exciters which are
used in the industry including rotating dc exciters with conventional commutators
rotating brushless rectifier sets and static exciters.

Normally the generator field is adjusted so that reactive power as well as real power is
delivered to the power system. If the excitation system is reduced or lost, the generator
absorbs reactive power from the power system rather than supplies it. Generators have
low or reduced stability in this area. If a total loss of field occurs and the system can
supply sufficient reactive power without a large terminal voltage drop, the generator may
run as an induction generator, otherwise: synchronism will be lost. Die change from
normal overexcited operation to under excited operation upon loss of field is not
instantaneous but occurs over a time period depending on the generators output level and
connected system capability. Complete loss of excitation occurs when the direct current
source of the machine field is interrupted. The loss of excitation can be caused by such
incidents as field open circuit, field short circuit, accidental tripping of the field breaker,
regulator control system failure, loss of field to the main exciter, loss of an ac supply to
the excitation system.

When a synchronous generator loses its excitation it will run at higher than synchronous
speed and operate as an induction generator delivering real power to the system but at the
same lime obtains its excitation from the system becoming a large reactive drain on the
system. This large reactive drain cayses problem for the generator, adjacent machines
and the power system. The system impact of loss of field to a generator depends on
stiffness of the connected system, load on the generator prior to the loss of field and the
size of the generator.

When a synchronous generator losses excitation, it operates as an induction generator,

running above synchronous speed. Round-rotor generators are not suited to such
operation because they do not have amortisseur windings that can carry the induced rotor
currents. Consequently, a steam-turbine-generator’s rotor will over heat rather quickly
from the induced currents flowing in the rotor iron, particularly at the ends of the rotor
where the currents flow across the slots through the wedges and the retaining ring, if
used. The length of time to reach dangerous rotor over heating depends on the rate of
slip, and it may be as short as 2 or 3 minutes. Salient-pole generators invariably have
amorttisseur windings, and, therefore, they are not subject to such overheating. The stator
of any type of synchronous generator may overheat, owing to over current in the stator
windings, while the machine is running as an induction generator. The stator current may
be as high as 2 to 4 times rated. Such overheating is not apt to occur as quickly as rotor
overheating. The relay recommended for field failure protection is an impedance relay. It
works on the principle of ratio of voltage and current. In impedance relay two torques
created by the electromagnetic action of the voltage and current and these two quantities
are mechanically coupled. The clockwise torque Tb is developed by the solenoid B
which pulls the plunger P2 downward and tends to rotate the balance arm in the
clockwise direction. The spring acts as a restraining force and sets up mechanical torque
in clockwise direction as shown. Another solenoid A, which is current excited from
secondary of CT connected to the line to be protected and produces torque Ta in anti-
clockwise direction which tends to pull the plunger P1 downwards. Under ordinary
circumstances when there is no fault and equilibrium prevails, then the balance arm
remains horizontal and relay contacts are open. However when fault occur, the current in
current transformer goes up and increases the torque Ta. Also added to this effect the
magnitude of the torque Tb decreases since the voltage drops with the fault.
Figure: 16
8.1 Generator Relay Panel in NTPC

Presently the relay system used in NTPC-RGCCPP is of electromechanical type, mainly

induction type and differential type relays. Relay protection has been divided into various
schemes based on the type of device to be protected. The electromechanical relay devices
occupy large amount of space in the panel board. Although accuracy is maintained at a
better level it can be improved by the use of numerical relays. Traditional
electromechanical and static protection relays offers single-function and single
characteristics. Range of operation of electromechanical relays is narrow as compared to
numerical relay.

Figure: 17

Electromechanical Relay makes use of mechanical comparison devices, which cause the
main reason for the bulky size of relays. It uses a flag system for the indication purpose
whether the relay has been activated or not. Electromechanical relay do not have the
ability to detect whether the normal condition has been attained once it is activated thus
auto resetting is not possible and it has to be done by the operating personnel.
Figure: 18

The disadvantages of a conventional electromechanical relay are overcome by using

microcontroller for realizing the operation of the relays. Microcontroller based relays
perform very well and their cost is relatively low.

Numerical relays are highly compact devices, characterized with fast operation, high
sensitivity, self monitoring and low maintenance. First generation numerical relays were
mainly designed to meet the static relay protection characteristic, whereas modern
numeric protection devices are capable of providing complete protection with added
functions like control and monitoring. Numerical protection devices offer several
advantages in terms of protection, reliability, and trouble shooting and fault information.
Numerical protection devices are available for generation, transmission and distribution

Modern power system protection devices are built with integrated functions. Multi-
functions like protection, control, monitoring and measuring are available today in
numeric power system protection devices. Also, the communication capability of these
devices facilitates remote control, monitoring and data transfer.
Modern numeric protection offers multi-function and multiple characteristics. Some
protections also offer adaptable characteristics, which dynamically change the protection
characteristic under different system conditions by monitoring the input parameters.

The measuring principles and techniques of conventional relays (electromechanical and

static) are fewer than those of the numerical technique, which can differ in many aspects
like the type of protection algorithm used, sampling, signal processing, hardware
selection, software discipline, etc.

PIC is a family of Harvard architecture microcontrollers made by Microchip Technology.

The name PIC initially referred to “Programmable Interface Controller”.

PICs are popular with both industrial developers due to their low cost, wide availability,
large user base, extensive collection of application notes, availability of low cost or free
development tools, and serial programming (and re-programming with flash memory)

The PIC architecture is distinctively minimalist. It is characterized by the following


• Separate code and data spaces (Harvard architecture)

• A small number of fixed length instructions
• Most instructions are single cycle execution (4 clock cycles).
• A single accumulator (W), the use of which (as source operand) is implied (i.e. is not
encoded in the opcode)
• All RAM locations function as registers as both source and/or destination of math and
other functions.
• A hardware stack for storing return addresses.
• Data space mapped CPU, port, and peripheral registers.
• The program counter is also mapped into the data space and writable (this is used to
implement indirect jumps).
Unlike most other CPUs, there is no distinction between memory space and register space
because the RAM serves the job of both memory and registers, and the RAM is usually
just referred to as the register file or simply as the registers.

Data space (RAM)

PICs have a set of registers that function as general purpose RAM. Special purpose
control registers for on-chip hardware resources are also mapped into the data space. The
addressability of memory varies depending on device series, and all PIC devices have
some banking mechanism to extend the addressing to additional memory.

Code space

All PICs feature Harvard architecture, so the code space and the data space are separate.
PIC code space is generally implemented as EPROM, ROM, or flash ROM. In general,
external code memory is not directly addressable due to the lack of an external memory

Word size

All PICs handle data in 8-bits, so they should be called 8-bit microcontrollers. However,
the unit of addressability of the code space is not generally the same as the data space.


PICs have a hardware call stack, which is used to save return addresses. The hardware
stack is not software accessible on earlier devices, but this changed with the 18 series
Instruction set

PICs instructions vary from about 35 instructions for the low-end PICs to over 80
instructions for the high-end PICs. The instruction set includes instructions to perform a
variety of operations on registers directly, the accumulator and a literal constant or the
accumulator and a register, as well as for conditional execution, and program branching.

Some operations, such as bit setting and testing, can be performed on any numbered
register, but bi-operand arithmetic operations always involve W; writing the result back
to either W or the other operand register. To load a constant, it is necessary to load it into
W before it can be moved into another register.


The PIC architectures have several limitations:

• Only a single accumulator

• A small instruction set
• Memory must be directly referenced in arithmetic and logic operations, although
indirect addressing is available via 2 additional registers

PIC16F62 is a 28-pin, 8-bit CMOS Flash drive with A/D converter. Features of
PIC16F72 are:

Only 35 single word instructions to learn

All single cycle instructions except for program branches, which are two-cycle

Operating speed! DC – 20 MHz clock input

DC – 200 ns instruction cycle

2K x 14 words of Program Memory, 128 x 8 bytes of Data Memory (RAM)

Interrupt capability

Eight-level deep hardware stack

Direct, Indirect and Relative Addressing modes

Peripheral Features

1. High sink/source current: 25mA

2. Timer0: 8-bit timer
3. Timer1: 16-bit timer
4. Timer2: 8-bit timer
5. 8-bit, 5 channel analog-to-digital converter
6. Synchronous serial port
CMOS Technology

1. Low power, high speed CMOS FLASH technology

2. Wide operating range : 2.0V to 5.5V
3. Industrial Temperature Range.
4. Low power consumption.

Special Microcontroller Features

1. 1000 erase/write cycle FLASH program memory.

2. Programmable code protection.
3. Power saving sleep mode.
4. Processor read access to program Memory

Pin Diagram

Figure: 19
8.4 Numerical Relay Deign Considerations
Mainly five relays viz. Impedance relay, Under Frequency relay, Over-voltage relay,
Field Failure relay and Reverse power relay have been designed and simulated using
microcontroller . The design considerations are given below:

Impedance Relay

Set value Z = 5 ohm

Normal Operating Condition
Original Voltage V = 10.5 kV
Original Current I = 7440 A
Display Voltage (Output of P.T) V = 110V
Display Current (Output of C.T) I = 5A
Z value under normal operating condition = V/I = 110/5 = 22 ohm which is greater than 5
ohm and the relay should not act.

When Fault Occurs

Original Voltage V = 9.058 kV
Original Current I = 28420 A
Display Voltage V = 94.9V
Display Current I = 19.1 A
Under this condition Z1 = 4.9 ohm
Thus Z1 < Z therefore the relay closes.
Under Frequency Relay
Normal Operating frequency 50Hz
Range of Frequency 47.4 Hz to 52.6 Hz
Condition to be checked: a. Unsynchronized
b. Synchronized
In unsynchronized condition, if frequency falls below 47.4Hz the relay should not act.
In synchronized condition if frequency falls below 47.4 Hz the relay should act.
Over Voltage Relay
When the prime mover speed increases due to a sudden loss of load over voltage may
occur Over voltage protection is generally recommended for all hydro-electric or gas-
turbine generators they are subjected to over speed and consequent over voltage. Over
voltage on a generator may also occur due to transient surges on the network, or
prolonged power frequency over voltages. Surge arresters may be required to protect
against transient over voltages, built relay protection may be used to protect against
power frequency over voltages.

Normal voltage = 10.5 kV

If Voltage rises to 120% of normal voltage relay should act.
120% of Normal Voltage = (120*10.5kV)/100 = 12.6 kV
Display Value = 132 V; i.e. if V >= 132V relay should close.

Reverse Power Relay

Normal speed of operation = 3000 RPM
Frequency f = (N * P)/ 120
When speed decreases to 2843 RPM; frequency also decreases to 47.3Hz, which is under
frequency condition and the under frequency relay should act.
E.M.F generated by generator is proportional to frequency, therefore when frequency
decreases, generated voltage also decreases this may cause reversal of power and the
generator under consideration may draw power from other parallel operated generators
and may work as motor in order to prevent this Reverse Power Relay should act.

Field Failure Relay

If excitation system is connected relay should not act.
If excitation system is disconnected relay should act.
When Impedance or Reverse Power or Over Voltage relay acts correspondingly the
master relays 186A1, 186D2 and 186A2 will act. Since these master relays get activated,
contacts of Field Circuit Breaker opens up i.e. field system will get disconnected from the
generator and this should actuate the field failure relay.
PIC16F72 has been programmed using Basic language for the relay operation. The
programming has been done in Proton – IDE software which is then converted to HEX
format using the conversion software PICkit – 2 and the HEX converted program is
written into the flash memory of PIC16F72. Program has been written based on the
following flowchart.

Screenshot for Proton – IDE

Screenshot for PICkit - 2



Figure: 20
Hardware for the Numerical relay simulation circuit mainly consists of two sections:

a. Input Simulator

b. Numerical Relay with microcontroller

Input Simulator

For the simulation of relay the fault conditions are generated using an input simulator
which generates the normal working conditions of the generating plant such as voltage,
current, frequency, speed of turbine and excitation condition. By varying the values of
these quantities fault conditions can be generated for making the relay to act.

Figure: 21

Numerical Relay

Numerical relay is designed with the help of PIC16F72 microcontroller, which compares
various inputs with the set values. When a fault condition is generated using input
simulator, the input to microcontroller violates the relay set conditions which cause the
controller to send trip signal to relay devices and thus the relay acts.

Figure: 22
Figure: 23

PIC16F72 2
74HC595 4
MC7805 1

DIODE IN4007 8

15pF 4
1000 F 1
100 F 1
0.1 F 8
10 F 3
1K 5
10K 14
470K 23
1M 29
2.2K 5
560 5
180 2


RELAY 61-121CE 5

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Figure: 24

Figure: 25

Figure: 26

1. Multiple functions can be achieved using numerical relay.

2. The size of numerical relay panel is small as compared to electromechanical relay panel.

3. Time and date of fault occurrence can be automatically recorded.

4. Cost can be reduced significantly.

5. Auto resetting can be achieved

6. Better accuracy of operation.

7. Can be reprogrammed as per the working requirement

8. Installation time required is very less as connections required are small.


1. Operating life of numerical relay is only about 20 years.

2. It requires continuous power supply for its operation.

3. Any error in the software may cause severe damage to devices associated with it.
Accommodating different functions in the same case enables significant saving in space,
and in auxiliary cabling. With numerical relays there are no more requirements for
spacious control and relay rooms, numerous cables in and between cubicles, which
reduces the installation time. Combining several functions enables manufacturers to
produce one uniform design of a protection for different applications comparing with a
wide range of electromechanical relays particularly designed for generator, transmission,
distribution or industrial protection.
Numerical relays are environmentally friendly because of very small amount of raw
material used for their manufacturing, easy dismantling and the good component rate of
recovery and recycling.
The future scope for numerical relay system is the online remote data exchange between
numerical relays and remotely located devices offers remote relay settings applications,
data processing for network operations and maintenance, or remotely analyzing recorded
fault data.

1. AREVA – Relay Operating Manual.

2. www.areva-td.com

3. www.microchip.com

4. A Course in Power Systems – J.B Gupta

5. en.wikipedia.org

6. www.ntpc.co.in

7. Journal on Numerical Relays – Jalica Polimac, Aziz Rahim


Appendix – I

Coding for PIC16F72

Numerical Relay

Include "numrly.inc"

Declare ADIN_RES 8 ' 10-bit result required

Declare ADIN_TAD FRC ' RC OSC chosen
Declare ADIN_STIME 50 ' Allow 50us sample time






' |76543210|
TRISA = %11111111
TRISB = %00000000
TRISC = %11111111

ADCON1 = %00000000 ' Set analogue input on PORTA.0

Dim VOLT As Word

Dim FREQ As Word
Dim RPM As Word
Dim RPMVal As Float
Dim Err As Byte
Dim CntVal As Byte

DelayMS 3000
Err = 0


RPM = ADIn 2

If CntVal <= 1 Or CntVal = 4 Then

FREQ = Counter FREQ_IN, 1000
End If
VOLT = VOLT * 10
RPMVal = RPM * 16.123
If (VOLT / CURRENT) < 5 Then
Err 0# = 1
Err 0# = 0
End If
If SYNC_IN = 1 And FREQ < 475 Then
Err 0.1 = 1
Err 0.1 = 0
End If
If VOLT > 1300 Then
Err 0.2 = 1
Err 0.2 = 0
End If
If RPMVal < 2844 Then ' < 1768 Then 'rpm = 2844 relative volt = 3.43v
Err 0.3 = 1
Err 0.3 = 0
End If
If FIELD_VOLT_IN = 0 Or Err > 0 Then
If CntVal >= 1 Then
If CntVal < 4 Then
CntVal = CntVal + 1
End If
CntVal = CntVal + 1
End If
CntVal = 0
End If

Appendix – II





VB Coding

Private Sub END_Click()

End Sub
Private Sub FEILDFAILURE_Click()
RELAYSH4.FF40G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FF40GX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFA40GY.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFT40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.FF40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
End Sub

Private Sub OVERFLUXING_Click()

RELAYSH4.OVF99G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.OV99G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186A1.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186A1.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH2.CB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
End Sub

Private Sub OVERVOLTAGE_Click()

RELAYSH4.OV59G2.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.OV59G2X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.OV59G2X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HFF&
If RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
RELAYSH4.FF40G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FF40GX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFA40GY.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFT40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.FF40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
End Sub


RELAYSH4.IM2A21G.BackColor = &HC000&

RELAYSH4.IM2A21GX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.IM2B21GX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.IM2A21G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.IM2B21G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186A1.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186C.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186A1.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH2.CB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
If RELAYSH3.M186C.BackColor = &HC000& Then
End If
End Sub
RELAYSH4.D87G1.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.D87G1X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.D87G1X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186A2.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186A2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
End Sub

Private Sub REVERSEPOWER_Click()

RELAYSH4.RP32G1.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.RP32G1X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.RP32G1X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
RELAYSH4.FF40G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FF40GX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFA40GY.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFT40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.FF40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
End If
End Sub


RELAYSH4.SEF64G1.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.SEF64G1X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.SEF64G1X.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186A2.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&

RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH4.FF40G.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FF40GX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFA40GY.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH4.FFT40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.FF40GZ.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000&
If RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HC000& Then
RELAYSH2.GCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FCB.BackColor = &HFF&
RELAYSH1.FF40G.BackColor = &HC000&
End If
End Sub

Private Sub UNDERFREQUENCY_Click()

If BFSYNCH.Value = True Then
UF81G1.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
UF52HX.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
ElseIf AFSYNCH.Value = True Then
UF81G1.BackColor = &HC000&
UF52HX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.UF52HX.BackColor = &HC000&
RELAYSH3.M186C.BackColor = &HC000&
End If
End Sub

Private Sub RESET_Click()

RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
RELAYSH3.M186D2.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
RELAYSH3.M186A2.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
RELAYSH3.M186A2.BackColor = &HFFFFFF

RELAYSH3.M186A1.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
RELAYSH3.M186A1.BackColor = &HFFFFFF
End Sub

Appendix – III






2. DATA SHEET – 74HC595