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Electric Power Systems Laboratory Exercise 1


Voltage and Fault Currents in Power System Networks
Two different issues are studied in this laboratory exercise. First, the voltage profile over
transmission and distribution lines is investigated. The attention is focused on the dependency of
voltage on active and reactive power transmission as a function of the X/R ratio of a line. The
impact of distributed generation and reactive compensation on the voltage profile is also
investigated. Second, single-line-to-ground faults in distribution networks are investigated.
Common grounding practices for distribution networks in Europe and some basic principles of
ground fault protection are considered.
Section I in this manual reviews the necessary theory to solve this lab exercise, Section II
includes several preparatory exercises, which must be made before you come to the lab. The
experimental part is described in Section III.

Section I: Theory
I.1. Active and Reactive Power Transfer on a Transmission Line
A simplified model of a transmission line is represented by a series impedance. For a
transmission line, the series resistance is small compared to the series reactance and it can be
neglected. Consider the system in Figure 1, where an ideal generator supplies a load through a
line. The sending end is considered to be a stiff point in the network with a fixed voltage and
angle. The receiving end voltage and angle depend on the active and reactive power transmitted
through the line. The active and reactive (P and Q) power received at the load end can be written
as in (1) and (2).
V<
E<0
jX
P+jQ
G
PLG+jQLG
Figure 1: Single line diagram of the examined network

EV
sin
X
EV
V2

cos
X
X

P PLG

(1)

Q QLG

(2)

By eliminating we obtain (3). Solving for V2 yields (4):


2

2
2

Q V P 2 EV

X
X

V2

(3)

E2
E4
E2
2
QX

P
Q
2
X
4X 2

(4)

Thus, the problem has real positive solutions if (and only if):
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E2
E4

X
4X 2

(5)

The expression (5) can be normalized by using the short-circuit power Ssc= E2/X, and the
inequality (6) is then obtained.
2

P QS SC

S
SC
2

(6)

By setting Q = 0 in (6), we get the maximum active power that can be received at the load end:
Pmax

S SC
2

In a similar way, we set P = 0 in (6) and get the maximum active power, notation Pmax, that can
be received at the load end. We find that
Qmax

S SC
4

Figure 2 shows the relation between load voltage and load power for different reactive loadings.
We see that the reactive power strongly influences the line drop as well as the maximum
capability of the line. This representation of the PV characteristic is often called PV-curves.
These curves are characterized by a parabolic shape, which describes how a specific power can
be transmitted at two different voltage levels, high and low voltage. The desired working points
are those at high voltage, corresponding to low current thus minimizing power transmission
losses voltages. The vertex of the parabola determines the maximum power that can be
transmitted by the system and it is often called the point of maximum loadability or point of
collapse. If the point of collapse is reached, thermostats and tap changing controllers may cause
the voltage to start decreasing quickly to very low voltages, which is termed voltage collapse.
1.4
tan phi=-0.50

1.2

Load Voltage (V)

tan phi=-0.25

0.8

tan phi=0
tan phi=0.25

0.6

tan phi=0.50
0.4
0.2
0

0.5

1
Active Load (P)

1.5

Figure 2: PV-characteristic (nose curve), illustrates the dependency of receiving end voltage to load power for a transmission
line. tan phi=Q/P.

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I.2. Reactive Power Compensation


Consider the standard pi-link (e.g. Glover-Sarma-Overbye fig. 5.3) representation of a lossless
transmission line terminated by a resistive load (R). The reactive power losses absorbed and the
reactive power generated by the line are given by equations (7) and (8) respectively.
Qloss LI 2
Qgen CV

(7)
(8)

Note that Equation 8 is exactly true only if the line has a flat voltage profile, i.e. the voltage is V
all along the line. This is true if generation and absorption of line reactive power are in balance:
LI 2 CV 2 R0

V
L

I
C

(9)

R=R0 is called the characteristic impedance, and the corresponding active power transported
P0=V2/R0, is called natural loading or surge impedance loading (SIL). In a line operating at
natural loading there is no reactive power transport whatsoever, and this is therefore its most
economical operating point. In reality, power system lines are however frequently operated quite
a bit above their natural loading, whereas cables (with their high capacitance) are operated below
their natural loading.
The purpose of reactive power compensation is to reduce the amount of reactive power
transported over the lines, and thereby also reducing active losses. There are several alternatives:
Series capacitance, lowers the line series reactance and increases the natural loading;
Shunt reactance, lowers the line shunt capacitance and lowers the natural loading;
Shunt capacitance, increases the shunt line capacitance and increases the natural loading.
Series reactance is not used for line compensation. It is used instead to limit short-circuit currents
if they are excessive.
The approximate amount of shunt compensation needed to adjust the voltage at a bus is
calculated from (10), the sensitivity of the bus voltage to injection of (positive or negative)
reactive power: Describe the system behind the bus using a Thvenin equivalent as in Figure 1.
V Q

Q V

2V
E
cos

X
X

(10)

The equivalent system is unloaded and therefore =0 and E=V=1. Since the p.u. short-circuit
capacity is SSC=1/X, the expression can be simplified:
V Q

Q V

E 2V

X
X

X
1
X ( p.u.)
E
S SC ( p.u.)

(11)

Increasing the voltage by 0.01 p.u, requires connecting a reactive load of 0.01SSC p.u., i.e. a
capacitor bank rated 1% of the short-circuit capacity.
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I.3. Voltage Profile in Distribution Lines


In section I.1 the series resistance of the transmission line has been neglected. This is reasonable,
since for a transmission line the series resistance per km is typically an order of magnitude
smaller than the series inductive reactance per km. This fact no longer holds for a distribution
line, for which the series resistance and the series inductive reactance are of the same order of
magnitude. The series resistance must be included in the model of a distribution line, as shown in
Figure 3.

Figure 3: Single line diagram of the examined network with a distribution line

Equations (1) and (2) derived for a transmission line are not valid in the case of a distribution
line. An exact expression for the dependence of the voltage drop over the line in Figure 3 on the
active and reactive power transfer can be obtained in case of an impedance load. However, only
an approximate expression valid for a lightly loaded line is used here.
Suppose the load current, active and reactive power are I, P and Q respectively and that RX. In
Figure 4, Vph is the phase-neutral voltage. Neglecting the vertical component of the sending end
phase-neutral voltage Eph, it can be expressed as:

Figure 4: Phasor diagram for circuit in Figure 3

(12)

E ph V ph RI cos XI sin

The load active and reactive power are given as:


P 3V ph I cos
Q 3V ph I sin

Substituting into (12) and expressing in terms of the line-line voltages E and V leads to
E V

RP XQ

V
V

(13)

And finally, the line-line voltage difference between the receiving and sending ends is given as
RP XQ
V V E

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Equation (14) is a second order equation in V, which can be easily solved with known P, Q and
E. However, even without solving it, equation (14) shows that in the case of a distribution line
with RX, the active and reactive power affect equally the voltage drop. Consuming (drawing)
active and reactive power (with the chosen load convention, power is positive) causes the
receiving end voltage to drop. Producing (injecting) active and reactive power (with the chosen
load convention, power is negative) increases the receiving end voltage. Notice that for R=0 and
0, equation (14) reduces to equation (2), valid for a transmission line.
Distribution lines are operated radially and traditionally the power flow has been unidirectional
along the line from generation to load. Consequently, the voltage profile was consistently
decreasing from the substation to the line end. The voltage was controlled within an acceptable
band of, for example, 10% around the nominal value by means of tap-changing transformers
and/or shunt compensation. The growing amount of installed distributed generation (windpower
and solar electricity) in the distribution network poses new challenges to voltage control. With
distributed generation, the voltage profile over a line is no longer monotonic.

I.4. The p.u. System


The p.u. system has been already introduced during the lectures. A brief description is included in
this laboratory report. Further information can be found in the course textbook, in Chapter 3,
Section 3. The p.u system is often used to present the voltage, current, power and impedance as a
function of selected base quantities, in order to simplify calculations and avoid numerical errors.
The method also avoids the manipulation of the component values, which are located on one side
or another of the transformers. The per-unit quantity is given by equation (15):
perunit quantity

actual quantity
basevalue

(15)

Both the actual quantity and the base value have the same units; the actual quantity is the value
of a quantity in the real system. The base value is a real number, which means that the
transformation does not change the angle of the actual quantity. By selecting the voltage base,
Vbase (line-to-line voltage) and the power base, Sbase, at one point, other base quantities like Ibase (line
current) and Zbase can be easily obtained from equations (16)-(19). The value of Sbase is the same for
the entire power system, while the Vbase is different for each voltage level, and therefore it is
selected so that the ratio of the voltage bases on either side of a transformer is the same as the
ratio of the transformer voltage ratings.
(16)

Pbase Qbase S base

I base

S base

(17)

3Vbase

Z base Rbase X base


Ybase Gbase Bbase

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Vbase
3 I base
1

2
Vbase
S base

(18)
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Z base

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I.5. Symmetrical and Unsymmetrical Faults


Power systems are designed to be symmetric or balanced, i.e. in a three-phase system, the three
line-to-neutral voltages have the same magnitude and differ in phase by 120o, and the line
currents have the same magnitude and differ in phase by 120o. Therefore, if a system is balanced
the sum of the 3-phase currents will be equal to zero. Sometimes asymmetry can occur in currents
and voltages due to unbalanced loads connected to the system. In Sweden, residential loads are
single-phase and since these are connected to different phases, three-phase currents and voltages
at the lowest distribution voltage level are not balanced, i.e. the sum of the 3-phase currents will
not be zero. This sum will be equal to the current that circulates through the neutral of the system
(if it exists). Loads at higher voltage levels are balanced.
At higher voltage levels the asymmetries are mainly due to system faults. The main two types of
faults are shunt faults, where a (low) impedance is (shunt) connected between line and ground,
and series faults, where a (high) impedance is connected in series with the line. The most
extreme, but also most common, series fault is the open-circuit. This occurs for example when a
circuit breaker or disconnector is open only in one or two phases or when a phase conductor of a
line is broken (but does not hit ground). Series faults will not be treated in this course. The most
extreme, and also most common, shunt fault is the short-circuit. Short-circuits faults ordered by
occurrence are classified into:
Single-line-to-ground (SLG); Unsymmetrical fault between one phase and ground. The
phase current magnitudes will be no longer identical. The Swedish power system can still
deliver power to the load through the other two phases.
Line-to-line (LL); Unsymmetrical fault between two phases.
Double-line-to-ground or Line-to-line-to-ground (LLG); Unsymmetrical fault between
two phases and ground.
Three-phase short-circuit (3); It is a symmetrical fault that affects the 3-phases of the
power system. The most severe short-circuit.
For all the above faults, the path of the fault current may be limited by nonzero impedance. If the
impedance is equal to zero, the short-circuit is called bolted. Short- circuit faults often occur as a
consequence of damage to cables and lightning strikes or trees falling on overhead lines. One of
the most common reasons for three-phase short-circuit to occur is when a line or busbar is
energized with grounding equipment left connected. This equipment is used for safety reasons
while repairmen work on the power equipment, and it should be removed after the work is
completed, and before the equipment is energized.
I.6. Single-Line-to-Ground (SLG) Faults in Distribution Networks
SLG faults represent the vast majority of all faults in public distribution networks and a correct
handling of SLG faults is of primary concern in order to achieve continuity of service to
customers. The magnitude of the fault currents and of the overvoltages during such faults is
determined by the grounding method of the system. System grounding is important because it
directly concerns safety. System grounding methods also determine the setup of the protection
system to detect and disconnect (clear) SLG faults.
Swedish regulations prescribe fast and automatic disconnection of permanent ground faults in
distribution networks with a fault resistance up to 5 k. In Sweden, medium voltage distribution
networks are primarily resonant-grounded, through the use of a Petersen coil. Impedance
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grounded and ungrounded distribution networks are most common in Europe, while distribution
networks are directly grounded in the United States. Directly grounding is used also in Sweden in
the low voltage network and in transmission (high and extra high voltage) networks.
This section briefly presents the theory on SLG faults with regard to ungrounded and resonantgrounded systems. The fault current at the fault point, the zero sequence voltage and the zero
sequence current flowing at the beginning of each line will be calculated. The zero sequence
current flowing at the beginning of each line is important because this is the current measured by
the protection system. For further details about theoretical and practical aspect of network
grounding methods, refer to the chapter on Neutral earthing in the Protection Guide,
Schneider Electric.

I.6.1 Ungrounded Distribution Networks


Consider the distribution network with N radial lines (feeders) shown in Figure 5. A ground fault
with fault resistance Rf is applied on phase a on the Nth line. Each line k, which may represent an
overhead line or a cable, is represented by its zero sequence capacitance to ground Cok. All series
impedances can be neglected, since normally they have much lower magnitude compared to the
shunt impedance to ground, 1/(jCok). The feeding transformer neutral point is ungrounded on
the Medium Voltage (MV) side.

Figure 5: MV ungrounded distribution network with N lines. A SLG fault is applied on phase a of the Nth line

The SLG fault current at the fault point can be calculated using the equation in the formula sheet
or by inspection of Figure 6.

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Figure 6. Equivalent circuit with sequence diagrams for SLG fault on phase a, ungrounded network

The positive and negative sequence series impedances of the lines are small compared to the zero
sequence impedance and can be neglected. The zero sequence impedance is due to the
capacitances Cok, which are connected in parallel. The total capacitance to ground of the system
is:
N

C0

(20)

0k

k 1

Given the positive sequence phase to ground voltage E, the positive, negative and zero sequence
current at the fault point are given as
I p In I0

If
3

E
1
3R f
jC 0

jC0 E
1 3 jC0 R f

(21)

The SLG fault current at the fault point is given as:


If

j 3C0 E
1 j 3C0 R f

(22)

From Figure 6, the zero sequence voltage E0 can be expressed as:


E0

1
E
I0
jC0
1 j 3C0 R f

(23)

These two equations show that the fault current and the zero sequence quantities decrease with
increasing fault resistance. A small amount of zero sequence voltage may exist in a distribution
network also during healthy conditions because of asymmetries in the capacitances to ground.
For very high fault resistance, the zero sequence quantities during a fault may be of the same
order of magnitude as during healthy conditions, rendering difficult the detection of the fault. The
fault current during a fault with Rf=0 is proportional to the total capacitance to ground C0. Cable
lines have higher capacitance to ground per km than overhead lines. Hence, in networks with
cable lines the SLG fault current has higher magnitude than in networks with only overhead lines.
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The zero sequence current flowing at the beginning of each healthy line is easily calculated,
given the zero sequence voltage in (23):
I 0 k ,healthy jC0 k E0

jC0 k E
1 j 3R f C0

(24)

Because of Kirchoffs law, the zero sequence current at the beginning of the faulted Nth line must
be equal to the opposite of the sum of the zero sequence currents on all other (healthy) lines:
N 1

I 0 N , faulted

I
k 1

0 k ,healthy

jE0

N 1

0k

j C0 C0 N E0

k 1

j C0 C0 N E
1 j 3R f C0

(25)

By comparing equation (24) and (25), it can be seen that the zero sequence currents at the
beginning of a healthy or faulted line differ in phase by 180 relative to the zero sequence voltage
E0. As you will learn during the lab, this fact can be used to selectively detect and hence
disconnect only the faulted line thus minimizing the number of customers experiencing a service
interruption during permanent SLG faults. Also, notice that the zero sequence current flowing at
the beginning of the faulted line in equation (25) differs from the zero sequence current at the
fault point by the zero sequence current contribution due to the capacitance to ground of the Nth
line, C0N.
I.6.2 Resonant-grounded Distribution Networks
Figure 7 shows the diagram of a resonant-grounded radial distribution network with N lines
during a SLG fault on phase a on the Nth line. The feeding transformer neutral point is grounded
through a Petersen coil, with inductance L.

Figure 7: MV resonant-grounded distribution network. A SLG fault is applied on phase a of the Nth line

The fault current at the fault location can be calculated by inspecting the diagram in Figure 8.

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Figure 8. Equivalent circuit with sequence diagrams for SLG fault on phase a, resonant-grounded network

Since the positive and negative sequence series impedances can be neglected, only the zerosequence impedance and the fault resistance limit the fault current magnitude. If only a zerosequence voltage would be applied to the healthy system, a zero sequence current would flow
through the Cok of all lines and through the Petersen coil. Therefore, the zero-sequence
impedance Z0 is given by the parallel connection of j3L and 1/(jC0), where C0 is given as in
equation (20). The factor 3 is due to the fact that the zero sequence currents in each phase of the
transformer sum up in the neutral (and hence in the Petersen coils 3I0 flows).
The positive, negative and zero sequence current at the fault point are given as
I p In I0

If
3

1 3 2 LC 0 E
E
E

1
j 3L
3R f 9 2 LC 0 R f j 3L
3R f
// j 3L 3R f
2
jC0
1 3 LC 0

(26)

The SLG fault current at the fault point is given as:


If

3 1 3 2 LC 0 E

(27)

3R f 9 LC 0 R f j3L

From Figure 8, the zero sequence voltage E0 can be expressed as:


1

j3LE
E0
// j 3L I 0
2
j

C
3
R

LC 0 R f j 3L
0

(28)

From the diagram in Figure 8 and inspecting equations (26) and (27), it is evident that, choosing
L as L 1/(32C0), the fault current at the fault location can be reduced possibly to zero.
Reducing the fault current increases the probability of self-extinguishing for temporary ground
faults in overhead lines. In practice, the value of L can be adjusted to accommodate for different
values of C0 due to changes in network topology. Since the value of L is chosen to compensate
the total network capacitive current, it is common practice in the industry to use an ampere

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value for the Petersen coil. Notice that both the zero sequence current and voltage decrease with
increasing fault resistance.
It is relevant for protection relay considerations to calculate the zero-sequence current
contribution of the unfaulted lines, i.e. the zero sequence current measured by the protection
system on the healthy lines, and the current into the Petersen coil.
(29)

I 0 k ,healthy jC0 k E 0
IL

E0
j 3C 0 E0
j L

(30)

In equation (30) it has been assumed that perfect compensation exists. Because of Kirchoffs law,
the zero-sequence current flowing into the faulted line (this is the zero sequence current measured
by the protection system on the faulted line) must be opposite to the sum of the zero-sequence
currents on the healthy lines and of the Petersen coil current divided by 3.
N 1

I 0 N , faulted

I
k 1

0 k ,healthy

j 3C0 E0
IL
j C0 C0 N E0
jC0 N E0
3
3

(31)

The phase relationship between the zero sequence currents flowing at the beginning of healthy
and faulted lines and the zero sequence voltage does not allow in this case the discrimination of
the faulted line. The zero sequence current in equations (29) and (31) are both 90 degrees ahead
of the zero sequence voltage E0. Compare these results with those obtained in equation (24) and
(25) for an ungrounded network.
To allow for a selective detection of the faulted line, a resistor RL is normally added in parallel
with the Petersen coil. The zero sequence current due to RL is in phase with the zero sequence
voltage and (its opposite) flows only into the faulted line. As you will learn during the lab, with a
proper choice of the resistance RL, the resistive component of the zero sequence current permits
to selectively detect the faulted line in resonant-earthed networks. Figures 1 and 2 on page 10 of
the Schneider Protection Guide help clarifying this concept.

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Section II: Preparatory Exercises


Matlab Exercises

Figure 9: Single line diagram of the examined transmission network (X=L, B=C)

The base quantities are chosen as Sbase=100VA and Vbase=24V. The p.u. bus admittance
matrix for the network in Figure 9, not including the load resistor, is:
j1.8181 j1.8335
Ybus , pu
p.u.
j1.8335 j1.8181

1. Compute the natural loading of the line as P0=E2/R0 where R0 =(L/C).


2. Plot the P-V characteristic of the load bus by varying the parameter RL and calculating P
and V. Use RL equal to 0, 50%, 100%, 200% of X and also 10000% (no-load) to properly
capture the shape of the P-V curve. Remember to use per unit for all or for no quantities.
3. Repeat 2. with a 32 F shunt capacitor at the load bus. Represent the capacitor by
including it in element Y22 of the reduced Ybus matrix as follows:
Y22,New=Y22,Original+jCload. Do not confuse Cload with the line capacitance C.
4. Repeat 2. with a 250 mH shunt reactor at the load bus. Include the reactor like you have
done with the capacitor (Y22,New=Y22,Original-j/(Lload)).

PowerWorld Exercises

Figure 10: Single line diagram of the examined distribution network (X=L, B=C). Note: the network is three-phase and E=24V
is the phase-to-ground voltage. Sbase=100VA. Zbase=17.28.

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Open the file lab1_DG_2feeders.pwb in PowerWorld, which models the system in Figure
10. Select Run Mode. The wind turbine is initially disconnected. The tap position of the
transformer can be changed with up/down arrows. By varying the tap position, the voltage in
the network can be regulated.
1. Increase the active load at the end of feeder 2 until the voltage somewhere in the network
reaches the 10% of nominal voltage limits (you can vary PL by clicking on the up-down
arrows close to the MW indication. To run a load flow select Tools Play (green)).
Now adjust the transformer tap changer to bring all voltages into the acceptable range 10%.
2. What is the maximum load that can be supplied while still maintaining the voltage in the
whole network within 10% with the tap changer? What is the voltage at the main bus in
this case? And what is the transformer tap position?
Disconnect the load on line 2 (click on the breaker). Adjust the transformer tap position to get
1 p.u. voltage at the main bus (Tap position = 0).
3. Connect the distributed wind turbine generator to feeder 1, node 4 (click on the breaker).
Find out the max PDG that can be injected while the voltage is within a 10% band. (you
can vary PDG by clicking on the up-down arrows close to the MW indication). Keep QDG =
0. The voltage on feeder 1 increases with PDG, in accordance with equation (14).
4. With PDG=0, check how QDG affects the voltage at node 4.
5. Set QDG=0. Adjust the transformer tap position to find the maximum PDG that can be
injected without violating the voltage limit in the network. What is the voltage at the main
bus in this case? And what is the transformer tap position?
Set the transformer tap position to zero. Connect the load on line 2 and the distributed wind
turbine on feeder 1.
6. Try to maximize both PL and PDG, without violating the 10% voltage limits.
7. Can you increase both the maximum PL and PDG by regulating only the tap position?
8. Do the same as in 7) but by also adjusting QDG. In practice, |QDG| is kept below PDG/2.

3F

Figure 11: Distribution network, where different grounding methods of the transformer neutral can be selected. Sbase=100MVA,
Vbase=10kV, Zbase=1

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Open the file lab1_Faults with the model in Figure 11. Check the voltage levels at the
various buses. There is one Dy transformer in the system, initially solidly grounded on the
secondary side. You can change the grounding method of the transformer (double-click on
the transformer Fault Info Configuration. Choose Delta-Grounded Wye for
directly and resonant grounded systems. Choose Delta-Wye for an ungrounded system. To
choose the value of the Petersen coil Ground Impedance X ).
1. Find the three-phase short-circuit current at Bus 3 for the system when this is:
a) solidly grounded, b) ungrounded, c) resonant-grounded with X=100 p.u.
What is the impedance limiting the three-phase fault current in the different cases?
(To calculate short-circuit current, right-click on a bus Fault Single Fault.
Fault Type 3 Phase Balanced. Select Amps under Units. Press Calculate).
2. With the system solidly grounded find the SLG fault current for a zero fault on phase a
at bus 3. What is the impedance limiting the fault current in this case?
Could an overcurrent relay (or fuse) be used to disconnect the line with a permanent zero
ohm SLG fault in this case? Assume line rated current is 100 A.
3. Do the same as in 2. but with the system ungrounded and resonant-grounded with perfect
compensation.
Choose theFault Info Ground Impedance X = 1/(3C0) with C0 from
Figure 11. Note that p.u.base impedance is 1.
Could an overcurrent relay (or fuse) be used to disconnect the line with a permanent zero
ohm SLG fault in these cases?
4. With a resonant-grounded system, choose the value of the Petersen coil which gives 5 A
fault current for a SLG fault. Change the fault resistance from 020 k (In the Fault
Analysis panel Fault Impedance R. Note that p.u.base impedance is 1).
How does this affect the zero sequence voltage at bus 2 and the fault current?
Reset the Fault Impedance R parameter to zero. The line in the test system represents
a 10 km cable, with a capacitance to ground C=0.3 F/km which results in a Fault Info Zero Sequence Impedance - C = 0.00094 p.u. with Zbase=1 p.u. The SLG fault current
magnitude depends on the total capacitance to ground in the network. Cables and overhead
lines have very different capacitance to ground.
5. With an ungrounded networks, determine the SLG fault current if the Fault Info - Zero
Sequence Impedance - C = 0.0000345 p.u., corresponding to a 10 km overhead line with a
capacitance to ground of 11 nF/km. Compare the result with the first answer in 3.

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Section III: Experiments


Connect the system as shown in Figure 12 with a variable transformer, three sections of the line
model in series and a variable resistance as load.

Figure 12: Single line diagram of the examined transmission network (X=L, B=C)

To begin with, the line model represents a transmission line with negligible resistance. Therefore,
short-circuit all series resistances of the line. Let the capacitor bank and shunt reactance be
unconnected.
III.1. Transmission line: PV-Curve and Reactive power compensation
1. Form the circuit seen in Figure 12. Use a Wattmeter to measure the active power
consumption in the variable resistor. Use an oscilloscope to measure the voltage angle
of the load bus relative to that of the generator bus. Use a variable transformer and the
mains to generate the fixed voltage equal to 24 V. Note that this voltage has to be
adjusted during the measurements, because of the internal voltage drop in the
transformer!
2. Plot the P-V and P- characteristic of the system with a) no reactive compensation.
35
100

30

80

20

Angle [o]

V [V]

25

15

60
40

10
20

5
0

10

20
P [W]

30

40

10

20
P [W]

30

40

Figure 13. P-V and P- characteristic for the proposed system

3. Find the no-load voltage and the maximum transfer limit when b) a 32 F shunt
capacitor is connected at the load bus, and c) when a 250 mH shunt reactor is
connected at the load bus. Draw these points on the same plot as the PV curve. What
do you observe? How do the shunt reactor and the capacitor affect the transfer limits
and the voltage stability limit?
4. Determine the voltage sensitivity to reactive power compensation given by equation
(11), by using the reading of the voltage at P = 0, for the three cases a), b) and c).

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Compare the results to those obtained by using the rule of thumb

V / Q 1 / SSC (p.u.)

V Vcomp Vuncomp

Q
Qcomp
5. Use the measured PV-characteristic for the uncompensated system to determine the
natural loading of the line. Compare it with the calculated value.
6. Plot the voltage as a function of the position on the line, when the line is loaded
below, at and above its natural loading.
III.2. Short-circuit impedance and power
Make a short circuit test on the load bus as follows (disconnect any shunt compensation).
Determine the short-circuit-power Ssc by measuring the no-load voltage and the short-circuit
current and multiply the two. The short-circuit impedance is found by dividing the no-load
voltage with the short-circuit-current.
III.3. Voltage Profile on Distribution Lines
Disconnect the voltage supply and connect the second line model (also three sections) in parallel
with the first model, as shown in Figure 10. The line models should now represent distribution
overhead lines with an X/R ratio of approximately one. Hence, insert the series resistances of the
-model in series with the inductive reactances. For short distribution overhead lines, the shunt
capacitance can be neglected. Hence, disconnect the capacitances of the -model from the circuit.
In the lab set-up, the distributed generation is not a wind turbine. Instead, a battery in series with
a resistor Rinv (which may represent a solar PV panel) can be connected to the line through an
inverter which implements a Maximum Power Point tracking (MPPT) algorithm. The power
delivered from the battery to the grid can be varied by varying the resistor Rinv.
Use a variable transformer and the mains to generate a fixed voltage equal to 50 V. Connect a
variable load resistor at the end of one line and use a Wattmeter to measure the active power
consumption. Do not connect the inverter yet. In the following, always keep the voltage in the
whole network within 10% of nominal voltage.
7. What is the maximum power that can be delivered to the load resistor if the voltage at
the variable transformer bus is regulated to nominal? What are the voltages at all
nodes of the two line models in this case? Draw the voltage profile at all nodes.
8. Can the maximum power delivered to the load be increased without violating the
voltage limits by acting on the variable transformer?
Regulate the variable transformer to get 50V at the transformer bus and maximum power
delivered to the load. Connect the battery with the inverter at the end of the second line model to
study the impact of distributed generation on the voltage profile.
9. Vary the delivered active power from the inverter by means of the variable resistor
Rinv. How is this affecting the voltage profile on the second line?
10. While adjusting the voltage at the transformer bus to 50V, find the maximum active
power that can be delivered by the inverter without violating the voltage limit. Draw
the voltage profile at all nodes.

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Keep the inverter power fixed. Acting only on the variable transformer, it is not possible to
increase the power delivered to the load without violating the voltage limit in the network. Try!
11. Suggest how the maximum power delivered to the load could be increased without
violating the voltage limit of 10%. Try your proposal!
III.4. Grounding in Distribution Networks
The model of the distribution network used in this lab exercise is shown in Fig 13. You will
either work with a model representing two cables or with a model representing two overhead
lines. To begin with, you will investigate the fault current in an ungrounded system.

Figure 13: Distribution network model used in the lab.

III.4.1 Ungrounded Distribution Network


Be sure that the neutral point at the secondary side of the distribution transformer is ungrounded.
Connect the three-phase transformer to the mains and set the voltage to 30V.
1. Inspect voltages and currents on the LabView measuring panel. Is there any zerosequence voltage or current in the system?
2. On the LabView measuring panel, check the value of the potential difference between
the neutral point of the transformer and reference ground (VnG).
3. Apply a solid SLG fault (phase a to ground) at the end of feeder 1. Inspect the
following quantities on the measuring panel and report their complex value
(magnitude and angle):
I0,feeder
I0,feeder

1
2

Ia,feeder 1 = If
V0
VaG
VbG
VcG
4. What happens to the line-ground voltage on the two unfaulted phases? Can you
explain with reference to the diagram for a three-phase symmetrical voltage system?
What is a requirement for the isolation in ungrounded networks?

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5. With the SLG fault applied, check again the value of the potential difference between
the transformer neutral point and the reference ground (VnG) on the LabView
measuring panel. This is the zero sequence voltage!
6. You have seen that the zero-sequence quantities were all zero before the fault. Can the
zero-sequence voltage V0 be used for protection to detect a SLG fault? What is the
major disadvantage of using only V0 for fault detection?
In case of a permanent SLG fault in real distribution systems, it is important to selectively
disconnect only the faulted feeder and to continue to deliver power to the customers connected on
the unfaulted part of the system.
7. What is the phase relationship between V0 and I0 in the unfaulted and in the faulted
feeder respectively? Propose a principle on which a selective protection system could
be based. Take help also from equations (24) and (25).
8. What happens to V0 and I0 if the SLG fault is applied through a fault resistor, when the
value of the resistance is increased?
III.4.2 Resonant-grounded Distribution Network
Disconnect any fault, bring the voltage down to 0V and disconnect the mains. Connect a variable
inductor between the neutral of the distribution transformer secondary side and the reference
ground. The distribution network is now resonant-grounded. Reconnect the mains and set the
voltage to 30V.
9. Apply a solid SLG fault on phase a of feeder 2. Tune the inductor to match the total
capacitance to ground C0,Tot. How can you know when the system is perfectly tuned?
10. What is the value of L in this case? Why the fault current is not zero even though the
system is perfectly compensated?
Ideally, with no resistive losses and in case of perfect compensation, the current magnitude at the
fault location would be equal to zero. However, the zero-sequence currents at the beginning of
each feeder and from the Petersen coil would not be zero.
11. Inspect the following quantities on the measuring panel and report their complex
value (magnitude and angle):
I0,feeder 1
I0,feedere 2
InG = IL
Ia,feeder 1 = If
V0
VaG
VbG
VcG
12. What are the voltages on the unfaulted phases and the zero sequence voltage V0? What
is the relation between I0,feeder_1, I0,feeder_2 and IL (= InG)?
Perfect tuning of the system is difficult to achieve during all conditions. Mistuning may arise
because of topological changes in the network, for ex. because one line is taken out of service.

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This changes the total capacitance to ground in the network. You will study the effect of
mistuning by changing the value of the coil inductance with both lines connected.
13. Change the value of the variable coil inductance and observe how this affects the fault
current If and the zero sequence voltage V0
14. Vary the coil inductance so to perfectly compensate the system zero sequence
capacitance. What is the relationship between V0, and I0,feeder_1, I0,feeder_2 respectively?
Could a protection system based on the phase relationship between these quantities
selectively detect the faulted line?
Keep the system perfectly tuned. Disconnect the SLG fault. Bring the voltage down to 0V and
disconnect the mains. Insert a resistor RL in parallel with the Petersen coil. Reconnect the mains
and set the voltage to 30V.
15. Apply a SLG fault on feeder 1. Inspect the following quantities on the measuring
panel and report their complex value (magnitude and angle):
I0,feeder 1
I0,feeder 2
InG = IL
Ia,feeder 1 = If
V0
VaG
VbG
VcG
16. What is the major difference compared with the case without resistor RL? What is the
advantage with the resistor RL concerning selective fault detection?

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