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Directional earth fault relay operation in mutually coupled multiple circuit distribution lines

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1 Author(s)
Perera, L.B. ; Sch. of Eng. Syst., Queensland Univ. of Technol., Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Many of the power utilities around the world have experienced spurious tripping of directional earth fault relays in their mesh distribution networks due to induced circulating currents. This circulating current is zero sequence and induced in the healthy circuit due to the zero sequence current flow resulting from a ground fault of a parallel circuit. This paper quantitatively discusses the effects of mutual coupling on earth fault protection of distribution systems. An actual spurious tripping event is analyzed to support the theory and to present options for improved resilience to spurious tripping.

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Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), 2010 20th Australasian

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5-8 Dec. 2010