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Transient overvoltage protection during live maintenance of high voltage transmission lines is necessary to prevent line-line sparkovers due to possible transient overvoltages. Portable protective air gaps(PPAGs) along a transmission line under maintenance are proposed to limit the line-ground voltage transients. Previous work has shown that a 41 inch rod gap installed along the line for sparkover protection will provide protection at approximately 1.7 per unit on a 500 kV system. The PPAG had not previously been used to provide protection line-line, however. This paper presents the results from a study that confirms whether PPAGs installed line-ground could also provide adequate protection from line-line overvoltages, and to determine the optimal installation scheme of sets of PPAGs over the length of the line or line section.
Date of Conference: 20-24 July 2008