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Wide area measurements based fault detection and location method for transmission lines
Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems volume 4, Article number: 7 (2019)
Abstract
Electric power grids are critical infrastructure for delivering energy from generation stations to load centers. To maximize utilization of assets, it is desirable to increase the power transferred over transmission systems. Reliable protection of transmission systems is essential for safeguarding the integrity and reliability of the power grid. Distance protection is the most widely used scheme for protecting transmission lines. Most existing protection systems use local measurements to make a decision while pilot protection is used in some circumstances. Distance protection may fail under stressed operating conditions, which could lead to cascading faults. This paper proposes a system integrity protection scheme by utilizing wide area measurements. The scheme partitions the system into subnetworks or protection zones and employs current measurements to derive a fault identification vector indicating the faulted zone. Then the fault location is pinpointed based on wide area measurements and network data. The proposed method is able to deal with multiple, simultaneous faults, and is applicable to both transposed and untransposed lines. Evaluation studies based on simulation studies are presented.
Introduction
The electric power is delivered from generation sources to distribution system through the transmission system. Faults occurring on any section of the transmission system will disturb or even interrupt the power delivery [1,2,3]. Thus, when faults occur on the network, it is vital to quickly and accurately pinpoint and isolate the faulted section so that the remaining network can continue operation. Existing protection systems including distance protection usually employ local measurements to make a tripping decision. Relay coordination for desired selectivity becomes complex and challenging for meshed transmission systems due to changing loading conditions.
System integrity protection schemes (SIPS) aim to enhance protection system to increase system stability, security and integrity by making use of measurements collected from different locations in the network based on analytical techniques [4,5,6,7,8]. Synchronized phasor measurement techniques from phasor measurement units (PMU) are illustrated in [4]. The authors of [5] provide an overview of power industry trends and experiences in SIPS and describe key technologies and design of SIPS and relevant analytical techniques. Article [6] proposes a concept Nk secure operating region to assess the security of power system during abnormal events. Reference [7] discusses project experiences for deploying SIPS on the interconnection between Scottish Power and National Grid to increase system stability, security, and integrity of power network. In [8], the authors present the SIPS implemented in Turkish power systems to reduce power transmission bottlenecks, including technical specifications, hardware and software, reliability criteria and operational experiences.
This paper focuses on proposing wide area monitoring based fault detection and location method, which can supplement back up distance protection to avoid catastrophic consequences. Various fault location methods for transmission system have been proposed in the past. The authors of [9] provide a technique to locate the fault using oneterminal postfault voltage data. The equivalent impedance between terminals and fault types are required. Fault location algorithms that utilize twoterminal measurements are proposed in [10, 11]. Fault location techniques that utilize traveling waves generated by faults are proposed in [12,13,14]. Artificial neural network is used to pinpoint the fault location in [15, 16].
Doublecircuit transmission line is known to be complicated due to mutual coupling effects, and some authors discuss fault location methods that deal with doublecircuit lines. Kawady and Stenzel [17] provide a method depends on the data extracted from one end of the line. Factors such as unknown fault resistance that can impact the fault location estimation accuracy are compensated. Article [18] proposes an algorithm based on twoterminal unsynchronized voltage and current measurements.
In recent years, the rapid advances in the communication and measurement technologies such as PMU have made possible the wide area measurement system (WAMS) [4, 19, 20]. Methods to locate the fault based on sparsely located wide area synchronized measurements are presented in [21,22,23,24]. Particularly, in [22], traveling wave technique is utilized to locate the fault. In [23], the fault location is formulated as a sparse estimation problem, which can be solved by using Lasso Regression. In [24], A PMU placement scheme is described to achieve fault location observability. However, like any other systems, WAMS failure may occur as well. A quantified reliability evaluation method for the WAMS using Markov model is available in [25]. Moreover, the wide area measurements need to be accurate in order to locate the fault. The authors of [26] describe a technique to detect bad wide area measurement by using a preestimation filter. In [27], a linear method for identifying measurement errors has been described. Also, the number of meter placement is limited due to various reasons such as the lack of funding. Optimal PMU placement and its required communication infrastructure are cooptimized in [28].
However, there is still a need to develop fault location algorithm to handle multiple simultaneous faults. This paper proposes an algorithm to locate simultaneous faults in the transmission system using wide area measurements. In particular, crosscountry faults will be examined in the case studies. The proposed algorithm utilizes distributed parameter line model and fully considers the effect of shunt capacitance of the transmission lines.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows: Section 2 describes the method of fault zone identification. Section 3 presents the proposed fault location algorithm for multiple simultaneous faults. Section 4 reports simulation results of fault zone identification method and fault location algorithm applied to a 27bus transmission system. Section 5 provides conclusions.
Fault zone identification
This section describes the method for identifying the fault zone in a transmission system. The method develops a fault zone identification vector (FZIV) to determine the fault zones. To obtain FZIV, connection matrix N and current vector I are introduced as follows.
The connection matrix N represents the relationship between protection zones and currents that flow through the zone boundaries. The following steps describe the procedures for establishing N.

(1)
For a transmission system with k protection zones and l currents that flow through the zone boundaries, initialize a zero matrix N with k rows and l columns.

(2)
If the lth current flows into the kth protection zone, update N_{kl} to 1.

(3)
If the lth current flows out of the kth protection zone, update N_{kl} to − 1.

(4)
Repeat procedures (2, 3) until all protection zones and currents are included in N.
The current vector I consists of currents that flow through the protection zone boundaries. The currents are fundamental frequency phasors, and their direction can be selected arbitrarily. Note that the vector I is a column vector, with l rows.
The approach to obtain FZIV is given by (1),
where . denotes the magnitude of a matrix. Each element of FZIV indicates whether or not a fault occurs in its relevant protection zone.
In practice, FZIV can be calculated for phase A, B, and C, separately. For example, let I_{a} be the current vector for phase A,
where FZIV_{a} is the fault zone identification vector for phase A.
If the value of the kth element of FZIV_{a} during the fault is much larger than the value preceding the fault, then the kth protection zone is determined to be a fault zone with a fault involving phase A. This approach has the advantage that FZIV is associated with each phase. That is, it provides a direct approach to identifying the fault zones and faulted phases at the same time.
Note that the fault zone identification method works for single fault as well as multiple simultaneous faults. In particular, the method is able to identify fault zones and fault phases for simultaneous faults involving doublecircuit transmission line.
It is evident that the resolution of fault zone identification depends on the number of meters placed in the transmission system. The zones can be defined according to the boundaries whee meters are located. Generally, the more meters available, the more protection zones that can be defined and the better resolution we can obtain for the possible fault areas. In practice, protection zone partition will need to consider the location and availability of meters.
Fault location
In this section, the fault location algorithm is proposed. The algorithm aims at pinpointing fault locations for multiple simultaneous faults. The algorithm is certainly able to locate a single fault as well.
The basic idea of the proposed fault location algorithm is as follows. Without loss of generality, consider simultaneous faults that occur in a transmission system. Fictitious fault buses will be added. Then the bus impedance matrix with fault buses of the transmission system can be established. Furthermore, the measured voltages at each bus during the fault are functions of the relevant driving point impedances and transfer impedances. The driving point impedances are the principal diagonal elements of the bus impedance matrix, and the transfer impedances are the offdiagonal elements [29]. Moreover, the driving point impedances and the transfer impedances are derived in terms of the fault locations. Therefore, the measured voltages during the fault can be derived in terms of the fault locations as well. Consequently, the fault locations can be solved based on the wide area voltage measurements.
The method for deriving the driving point impedances and the transfer impedances during the fault is described in detail in Section 3.1. The fault location algorithm is proposed in Section 3.2.
Derivation of driving point impedances and transfer impedances
In this section, the driving point impedances and the transfer impedances during the fault will be derived. A the fault point, we add nonexistent nodes, or called fictitious nodes. These nodes are called fictitious fault nodes. In contrast, the nodes at other buses are called nonfault nodes. The impedances between nonfault nodes and fault nodes will be derived first in Section 3.1.1. The impedances between fault nodes will be derived in Section 3.1.2.
Figure 1 depicts the oneline diagram of a threephase transmission line segment. Symbols p and q represent the buses of the line. Bus p comprises nodes p_{1}, p_{2}, and p_{3}. Bus q comprises nodes q_{1}, q_{2}, and q_{3}. Define the fictitious fault bus to be r, consisting of nodes r_{1}, r_{2}, and r_{3}. The remaining notations in Fig. 1 are explained as follows:
E_{p}: node voltage vector during the fault for bus p. E_{p} = [E_{p1}, E_{p2}, E_{p3}]^{T}, with T denoting vector transpose;
E_{q}: node voltage vector during the fault for bus q. E_{q} = [E_{q1}, E_{q2}, E_{q3}]^{T};
E_{r}: node voltage vector during the fault for bus r. E_{r} = [E_{r1}, E_{r2}, E_{r3}]^{T};
z_{pr}, z_{qr}: the equivalent series impedance matrix of the line segment pr and qr, respectively;
y_{pr}, y_{qr}: the equivalent shunt admittance matrix of the line segment pr and qr, respectively.
The method is based on distributed parameter line model to accurately represent long line effects. The parameters of the equivalent PI model [30] of line segment pr are as follows:
where,
diag(.): a diagonal matrix with input vector as its diagonal element;
./: elementwise division;
z: series impedance matrix of the line pq in per unit length;
y: shunt admittance matrix of the line pq in per unit length;
B: eigenvector of (yz);
γ: vector consisting of γ_{j} that is the square root of the jth eigenvalue of (yz).
l_{pr}: length of the line segment pr.
Similarly, the parameters of the equivalent PI model of line segment qr can be derived. It should be noted that (3) and (4) hold for both transposed and untransposed lines. Moreover, they are applicable to singlecircuit lines with j = 1, 2, 3 as well as to doublecircuit lines with j = 1, 2, … , 6.
In addition, define the following variables:
m: per unit fault distance from bus p to the fault bus r;
n: the total number of nodes of the transmission system without counting fictitious fault nodes;
Z_{0}: the bus impedance matrix in phase domain of the network preceding the fault, excluding fictitious fault nodes;
Z_{0, kl}: the element in the kth row and lth column of Z_{0};
Z: the bus impedance matrix in phase domain of the network during the fault, including fictitious fault nodes;
Z_{kl}: the element in the kth row and lth column of Z;
Based on the definition, the size of Z_{0} is n by n. The size of Z is (n + 3n_{f}) by (n + 3n_{f}), where n_{f} represents the total number of faults in the transmission system.
Matrix Z_{0} can be readily developed following the established method in [29]. It can be shown that the first n rows and n columns of Z are identical to Z_{0}, and the rest of rows and columns of Z consist of driving point and transfer impedances related to the fault nodes.
Derivation of the transfer impedance between a nonfault node and fault nodes
Remove all the sources in the network shown in Fig. 1. Then inject 1 Ampere current into node k [31]. Applying Kirchhoff’s Current Law (KCL) at bus r, it is obtained that
From (5), E_{r} can be written as
Based on the definition of transfer impedance, the value of the transfer impedance between a nonfault node k and a fault node is equal to the voltage at the fault node, when 1 Ampere current is injected into node k, with all the sources in the network being removed [31]. Therefore, the values of E_{p} and E_{q} are equal to Z_{kp} and Z_{kq}, respectively. Hence, the transfer impedance between node k and fault nodes are:
where,
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{kr}={\left[{Z}_{k{r}_1},{Z}_{k{r}_2},{Z}_{k{r}_3}\right]}^T \), with T denotes vector transpose;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{kp}={\left[{Z}_{k{p}_1},{Z}_{k{p}_2},{Z}_{k{p}_3}\right]}^T \);
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{kq}={\left[{Z}_{k{q}_1},{Z}_{k{q}_2},{Z}_{k{q}_3}\right]}^T \);
\( {Z}_{k{r}_1} \), \( {Z}_{k{r}_2} \), \( {Z}_{k{r}_3} \): the transfer impedance between node k and fault node r_{1}, r_{2}, and r_{3}, respectively;
\( {Z}_{k{p}_1} \), \( {Z}_{k{p}_2} \), \( {Z}_{k{p}_3} \): the transfer impedance between node k and node p_{1}, p_{2}, and p_{3}, respectively;
\( {Z}_{k{q}_1} \), \( {Z}_{k{q}_2} \), \( {Z}_{k{q}_3} \): the transfer impedance between node k and node q_{1}, q_{2}, and q_{3}, respectively.
Note that Z_{kp1}, Z_{kq1} and so on are elements of the bus impedance matrix of the prefault network. Furthermore, y_{pr}, y_{qr}, z_{pr}, and z_{qr} are functions of the fault location m. Therefore, the transfer impedance Z_{kr} is a function of the fault location m as well.
The prefault voltage at fictitious fault nodes can be calculated using the prefault terminal voltages based on (6):
where,
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_r^0 \): node voltage vector preceding the fault at fictitious bus r. \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_r^0={\left[{E}_{r1}^0,{E}_{r2}^0,{E}_{r3}^0\right]}^T \), with T denotes vector transpose;
E_{p0}: node voltage vector preceding the fault at bus p. \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_p^0={\left[{E}_{p1}^0,{E}_{p2}^0,{E}_{p3}^0\right]}^T \),
E_{q0}: node voltage vector preceding the fault at bus q. \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_q={\left[{E}_{q1}^0,{E}_{q2}^0,{E}_{q3}^0\right]}^T \).
Derivation of the driving point impedance at fault nodes and transfer impedance between fault nodes
Remove all the sources in the network shown in Fig. 1. Then inject 1 Ampere current into node γ_{i}, where i = 1, 2, 3 for a single circuit line, and i = 1, 2, … , 6 for a doublecircuit line. Applying KCL at bus r yields
where u_{i} is the ith column of a three by three or six by six identity matrix. From (9), E_{r} can be written as
Based on the definition, the value of the transfer impedance between a fault node and other fault nodes is equal to the voltage at other fault nodes, and the value of the driving point impedance at a fault node is equal to the voltage at the fault node [31]. Therefore, the values of E_{r}, E_{p}, and E_{q} are equal to \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{r{r}_i} \), \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{p{r}_i} \), and \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{q{r}_i} \), respectively. Hence, the transfer impedance and driving point impedance at fault nodes are:
where,
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{r{r}_i}={\left[{Z}_{r_1{r}_i},{Z}_{r_2{r}_i},{Z}_{r_3{r}_i}\right]}^T \), with T denotes vector transpose;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{p{r}_i}={\left[{Z}_{p_1{r}_i},{Z}_{p_2{r}_i},{Z}_{p_3{r}_i}\right]}^T \);
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{q{r}_i}={\left[{Z}_{q_1{r}_i},{Z}_{q_2{r}_i},{Z}_{q_3{r}_i}\right]}^T \).
\( {Z}_{r_1{r}_i} \), \( {Z}_{r_2{r}_i} \), \( {Z}_{r_3{r}_i} \): the transfer impedance between fault nodes and driving point impedance at fault nodes;
\( {Z}_{p_1{r}_i} \), \( {Z}_{p_2{r}_i} \), \( {Z}_{p_3{r}_i} \): the transfer impedance between nodes of bus p and fault nodes;
\( {Z}_{q_1{r}_i} \), \( {Z}_{q_2{r}_i} \), \( {Z}_{q_3{r}_i} \): the transfer impedance between nodes of bus q and fault nodes;
Setting i = 1, 2, 3 for single circuit lines and i = 1, 2, … , 6 for doublecircuit lines will give all relevant driving point and transfer impedances related to fault nodes.
Similarly, as discussed in Section 3.1.1, it is revealed that these driving point and transfer impedances are functions of fault locations.
Fault location algorithm
This subsection presents the proposed fault location algorithm to locate multiple simultaneous faults in transmission systems. Figure 2 illustrates a scenario involving two simultaneous faults. A phase A to ground fault occurs at point F_{1} on line segment P_{1}Q_{1} with fault location m_{1}, and a phase C to ground fault occurs simultaneously at point F_{2} on line segment P_{2}Q_{2} with fault location m_{2}.
Voltage measurements from specified locations are utilized to locate the unknown fault location m_{1} and m_{2}. The voltage at any bus l during the fault can be expressed as
where,
E_{l}: the voltage at bus l during the fault;
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_l^0 \): the voltage at bus l preceding the fault;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{l{F}_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{l{F}_2} \): the transfer impedance between bus l and fault bus F_{1}, bus l and fault bus F_{2}, respectively;
I_{F1}, I_{F2}: the fault currents at the point F_{1} and F_{2}.
Based on the measurements from two buses L_{1} and L_{2}, The following two equations are obtained:
or in a compact format,
where,
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{L_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{L_2} \): the voltage during the fault at bus L_{1}, L_{2}, respectively;
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{L_1}^0 \), \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{L_2}^0 \): the voltage preceding the fault at bus L_{1}, L_{2}, respectively;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{L_1{F}_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{L_1{F}_2} \): transfer impedance matrix between bus L_{1} and F_{1}, bus L_{1} and F_{2}, respectively;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{L_2{F}_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{L_2{F}_2} \): transfer impedance matrix between bus L_{2} and F_{1}, bus L_{2} and F_{2}, respectively.
Equation (15) can be written in a more compact form as
The superimposed quantity, or the voltage change due to a fault, is
From (17), the fault current vector is obtained as
Furthermore, the voltage during the fault at fault buses are given by
where,
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{F_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{F_2} \): the voltage during the fault at fault bus F_{1}, F_{2}, respectively;
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{F_1}^0 \), \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{F_2}^0 \): the voltage preceding the fault at fault bus F_{1}, F_{2}, respectively;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{F_1{F}_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{F_2{F}_2} \): driving point impedance matrix at F_{1}, F_{2}, respectively;
\( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{F_1{F}_2} \), \( {\boldsymbol{Z}}_{F_2{F}_1} \): the transfer impedance matrix between F_{1} and F_{2}.
Equation (19) can be written in a more compact form as
Based on (8), prefault voltages at the fault bus F_{1} and F_{2} can be expressed in terms of fault locations and the prefault voltages at the bus P_{1} and Q_{1}, bus P_{2} and Q_{2}. For example, \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{F_1}^0 \) is derived as follows:
where,
\( {\boldsymbol{z}}_{P_1{F}_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{z}}_{Q_1{F}_1} \): equivalent series impedance matrix of segment P_{1}F_{1} and Q_{1}F_{1};
\( {\boldsymbol{y}}_{P_1{F}_1} \), \( {\boldsymbol{y}}_{Q_1{F}_1} \): equivalent shunt admittance matrix of segment P_{1}F_{1} and Q_{1}F_{1};
\( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{P_1}^0 \), \( {\boldsymbol{E}}_{Q_1}^0 \): prefault voltages at P_{1} and Q_{1}, which can be obtained by WAMS.
Since the fault resistances are purely resistive, the reactive power consumed by fault resistances at the two fault locations is zero, i.e.,
Solving (22) will yield the two unknown variables m_{1} and m_{2}.
An alternative approach is described as follows when more measurements are available. Assuming that measurements from another two buses L_{3} and L_{4} are known. The following equation is obtained in a similar way to (18),
Equating (18) and (23), it is obtained that
Equation (24) contains two unknown variables m_{1} and m_{2}. Separating the equation into two real equations, from which the fault location can be obtained using NewtonRaphson method.
It is noted that the derivation does not assume the values of fault resistances, and thus the method is essentially immune to fault resistances.
Case studies
This section presents the evaluation results based on simulation studies. The developed fault zone identification method described in Section 2 and fault location algorithm proposed in Section 3 are applied to a 27bus transmission system shown in Fig. 3.
In the figure, the lengths of transmission lines are shown in parentheses. In particular, the line between bus 9 and bus 10 is a long doublecircuit transmission line.
The transmission system is modeled in Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) [30] to obtain the measurements at each bus for fault scenarios with different fault locations, types, and resistances. The line is modelled based on distributed parameter line model and the system voltage and load level are considered to be typical transmission operating conditions.
The measurements obtained then are utilized to test the developed method and algorithm that are implemented in Matlab [32].
Section 4.1 presents the results for fault zone identification method, and Section 4.2 presents the results for fault location algorithm.
Case studies for fault zone identification
This subsection presents the results for fault zone identification method described in Section 2. The studied transmission system is partitioned into five protection zones as shown in Fig. 4. Due to the space limitation, the bus numbers, line lengths and the direction of currents are not labeled. To clarify the current directions, the rules used to select the direction of currents are explained as follows:

(1)
It is natural to select the direction that current flows from a generator into a protection zone.

(2)
For line currents that flow from bus to bus, the current direction is selected as from a smaller bus number to a larger bus number.
In this case study, the above rules are obeyed except that the current direction between bus 17 and bus 19.
The fault zone identification method will be demonstrated in Section 4.1.1–4.1.3 for prefault, single fault, and simultaneous faults, respectively.
Fault zone identification vector preceding the fault
Based on the procedures described in Section 2, the following results are obtained:
The connection matrix N is:
The current vector I is given by
The fault zone identification vector FZIV is then obtained by substituting (25) and (26) into (1). The results of FZIV preceding the fault are summarized in Table 1. The first column of Table 1 lists the protection zone numbers. The rest columns of Table 1 list the values of FZIV for phase A, B, and C, respectively.
From Table 1, it is observed that the values of FZIV for each protection zone is quite small, indicating normal operation without any fault. Equal value for phases for each zone is expected because the transmission system is a balanced system preceding the fault.
Note that the connection matrix N and current vector I illustrated in this subsection are also applicable to latter subsections.
Fault zone identification for a single fault
Consider a Phase B to ground (BG) fault with fault resistance of 100 Ω that occurs on the line between bus 6 and bus 9. The measurements of bus 1 and bus 16 are utilized to calculate the FZIV. The results are summarized in Table 2. The first column of Table 2 lists the protection zone numbers. The rest columns of Table 2 list the values of FZIV for phase A, B, and C, respectively.
From Table 2, it is clear that the values of FZIV for phase B are significantly larger than other values in Table 2. It is then determined that there is a fault involving phase B occurring in protection zone 2. Since the line between bus 6 and 9 is in protection zone 2, the result is expected.
Another approach to identifying the fault zone is to compare the values of FZIV preceding the fault and during the fault. For example, in Table 3, the last three columns list the absolute difference of FZIV for phase A, B, and C, respectively. It is evident that ∣ΔFZIV_{b}∣ for protection zone 2 is abnormally larger than other values in Table 3. Hence, a fault involving phase B in zone 2 can be determined to exist.
This example demonstrates that the fault zone identification method is able to correctly identify the fault zone and faulted phase for a single fault.
Fault zone identification for multiple simultaneous faults
Impose a phase B to phase C (BC) fault with fault resistance of 15 Ω on the line between bus 6 and bus 9. In the meanwhile, impose an ABC fault with fault resistance of 1 Ω on the doublecircuit line between bus 9 and bus 10. The measurements of bus 1, 8, and 16 are utilized to calculate the FZIV. The results are summarized in Table 4.
From Table 4, it is observed that FZIV_{b} and FZIV_{c} of protection zone 2, and FZIV_{a}, FZIV_{b} and FZIV_{c} of protection zone 3 are significantly larger than other values in Table 4. The observation indicates that there is a fault involving phase B and C falling in protection zone 2 and a second fault involving phase A, B, and C occurring in protection 3.
The indication is accurate because the line between bus 6 and 9 is in protection zone 2, and the line between bus 9 and 10 is in protection zone 3.
For the alternative approach, Table 5 presents the absolute difference of FZIV for phase A, B, and C, respectively. Table 5 shows that ∣ΔFZIV_{b}∣ and ∣ΔFZIV_{c}∣ for protection zone 2, and ∣ΔFZIV_{a}∣, ∣ΔFZIV_{b}∣ and ∣ΔFZIV_{c}∣ for protection zone 3 are substantially larger than other values in the table. Thus, a simultaneous fault can be determined to be existing in the transmission system.
It is evidenced that the fault zone identification method not only identifies the fault zones, but also identifies faulted phases for multiple simultaneous faults.
In practical applications, Δ FZIV values are continuously calculated and compared with prefault FZIV values. For  Δ FZIV, a threshold value of three times prefault FZIV value is chosen for fault and fault phase detection. Faults are determined to occur once the threshold value is exceeded. Then accurate location of faults is determined as follows.
Case studies for fault location
Once the fault zone is identified, the fault location will be pinpointed. In the study, the initial fault location is selected as 0.5 per unit for all cases. The fault location estimation accuracy is evaluated based on percentage error [18] as
The fault location algorithm will be demonstrated in subsection 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 for single fault and simultaneous faults on transposed lines, respectively. Subsection 4.2.3 and 4.2.4 demonstrate the fault location results for single fault and simultaneous faults on untransposed lines, respectively. Various cases with different fault locations, types and fault resistances are simulated. Cases are typically found to reach convergence within three to eight iterations. Representative results are shown.
Fault location for a single fault on transposed line
Table 6 presents the fault location results. The first four columns of Table 6 list the faulted line segments, fault types, actual fault locations in per unit, and fault resistances in ohms, respectively. The last column of Table 6 lists the fault location estimation accuracy.
From Table 6, it is observed that quite accurate results are achieved under various fault conditions. Moreover, it should be noted that one bus measurement is enough to pinpoint the fault location for a single fault.
Fault location for multiple simultaneous faults on transposed lines
Table 7 presents the fault location results for simultaneous faults. All cases have a fault occurring on the doublecircuit line between bus 9 and bus 10. Different fault types and fault resistances are considered. Voltage measurements from buses 1, 8, and 16 are utilized to estimate the fault locations.
The first column of Table 7 lists the case numbers. The second to fourth columns list the faulted lines, fault types, actual fault locations in per unit, and fault resistances in ohms, respectively. The last column lists the percentage error of estimated fault location.
The results demonstrate that quite accurate results are obtained by the proposed method, and the proposed method is able to handle simultaneous faults involving doublecircuit line.
Fault location for a single fault on untransposed line
To emulate untransposed line, the line between bus 9 and 10 is made untransposed in this study. Table 8 tabulates fault location results for the untransposed doublecircuit line between bus 9 and bus 10 under various fault conditions. Measurements at buses 1 and 16 are utilized to carry out the estimated fault locations.
From Table 8, it is manifested that the estimation is quite accurate even for untransposed transmission lines. It is also noted that one measurement is enough to derive the fault location for single fault cases.
Fault location for multiple simultaneous faults involving untransposed line
In Table 9, fault location results for simultaneous faults that involve untransposed lines under diverse fault conditions are presented. Column 1 lists fault case number. Column 2 to 5 list actual fault conditions. The last two columns list the estimated fault location errors. It is important to note that the double circuit line between bus 9 and bus 10 is an untransposed line in this study.
Table 9 demonstrates that the proposed fault location algorithm yield accurate results and thus can deal with simultaneous faults involving untransposed lines.
Conclusions
Protection systems play a pivotal role in maintaining safety and reliability of electric power grids. This paper presents a system integrity protection scheme based on wide area monitoring system. The scheme is able to accurately identify fault zones and locate fault location even in multiple, simultaneous fault scenarios. The algorithm is applicable to both transposed and untransposed transmission lines, which can be either singlecircuit or doublecircuit lines.
Case studies have shown that the fault zone identification method and fault location algorithm are accurate. The method and algorithm utilize wide area measurements, which are not necessarily at the terminals of faulted lines. Moreover, case studies show that no fault types are needed to identify the fault zones and pinpoint the fault locations.
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Fan, W., Liao, Y. Wide area measurements based fault detection and location method for transmission lines. Prot Control Mod Power Syst 4, 7 (2019) doi:10.1186/s4160101901219
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Keywords
 System integrity protection scheme
 Fault location
 Transmission systems