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Reliability of lightning-resistant overhead lines

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3 Author(s)
Tolbert, L.M. ; Lockheed Martin Energy Syst., Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., TN, USA ; Degenhardt, L.J. ; Cleveland, J.T.

Lightning continues to be the major cause of outages on overhead power distribution lines. Through laboratory testing and field observations and measurements, the properties of a lightning stroke and its effects on electrical distribution system components are fairly well-understood phenomena. A meticulous compilation of 32 years of historical records has been kept for outage causes, duration, and locations for eight distribution feeders at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Due to the limited growth of ORNL, the number, length, and location of the 13.8 kV overhead lines have remained the same between 1960 and 1992. Except for noted differences (voltage construction class, length, age, and maximum elevation above a reference level), other factors that could influence the reliability of an overhead line have remained nearly the same. This allowed a meaningful reliability study to be performed on the entire ORNL electrical distribution system. In this article, the main findings of the reliability assessment as it relates to lightning-resistant overhead line construction techniques are out-lined, and a simple and cost-effective method to reduce lightning caused outages is offered. In addition, comparisons are made between the failure rates and causes experienced at ORNL and those in industry surveys. Where large discrepancies exist between survey data and experiences at ORNL, evidence is presented to explain the differences between ORNL's distribution system and those typical of industry

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Industry Applications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 4 )