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Virtual instrument measures harmonic filter duty

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1 Author(s)
Benton, J.S. ; Dept. of Protection & Control, Georgia Power Co., Atlanta, GA, USA

Harmonic filters for a static VAr compensator (SVC) suppress power frequency harmonics generated by the nonlinear characteristic of the thyristor controlled reactors and electric arc furnace loads. SVC filters also provide the 60 Hz capacitive current needed by the SVC to reduce bus voltage flicker. Following reactor and capacitor failures the reliability of the SVC filter was improved. The first step was to measure the SVC filter stresses which was performed using a virtual instrument. The measurement equipment consisted of a personal computer equipped with two analog-to-digital (4/D) input boards, two signal conditioning input boards, and commercially available instrument and control software capable of configuring these basic hardware components for user defined instrumentation and analysis. Virtual instruments were used to sample, store, analyze, and display 32 channels of high speed data for 55 minutes of the combined furnace heat cycle. The author discusses the virtual instrument software, measurement and analysis technique, and statistical analysis

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Computer Applications in Power, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 4 )