Sensor to improve detection of line break or earth faults for Victorian answer lines

Stephens, Benjamin (2016) Sensor to improve detection of line break or earth faults for Victorian answer lines. [USQ Project]

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This project is an investigation into a possible fault detection system for SWER (single wire earth return) electrical distribution networks in Victoria that focuses on types of faults that are undetectable by conventional protection systems and have the ability to ignite fires. The paper considers why a new detection system is required and then how it could be practically implemented in a general sense. More detailed investigations then focus on communications, power harvesting and fault detection considerations.

The devices are proposed to be distributed across SWER networks to enact a detection system. The paper focuses on the many conflicting requirements and subsequent compromises that any eventual design will need to overcome. It is found that electric field power harvesting from the Victorian SWER lines’ 12.7kV conductor can produce power outputs within the range required by standalone detection devices given fairly severe design constraints. Summaries and conclusions are drawn to a level where the project develops a clear methodology to go forward.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Major Electrical & Electronic Engineering project
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Helwig, Andreas; Hills, Catherine
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 01:18
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 01:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: single wire earth return (SWER); detection considerations; electric field power harvesting; fault detection system; electrical distribution networks
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090601 Circuits and Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400801 Circuits and systems

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