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Thermal Effect of the Recloser Operation Cycle on Bare Overhead Conductors

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3 Author(s)
Constantinos D. Halevidis ; School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, High Voltage and Electrical Measurements Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece ; Constantinos G. Karagiannopoulos ; Perikles D. Bourkas

A new calculation method of the temperature rise generated from multiple (consecutive) short circuits, to which bare overhead conductors are subjected, is proposed in this paper. Multiple short circuits are common in medium-voltage lines protected by reclosers due to their operation cycle. The proposed method treats each short circuit as a separate event. In additiony, the cooling between each short circuit is taken into account. The results of the proposed method are compared to the results given by the method of the IEC 60865-1 standard. The application of the proposed method results in greater temperature rises when the equivalent thermal current density is greater than a threshold. Furthermore, alterations to the recloser operation cycle are performed in order to investigate its effect on the generated temperature rise, namely, alterations to the reclosing interval between successive tripping operations and the ratio of fast to delayed trips. Finally, the proposed method was compared to an exact numerical solution of the heating process.

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IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )