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A review of single phase adaptive auto-reclosing schemes for EHV transmission lines
Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems volume 4, Article number: 18 (2019)
Statistics shows that transients produced by lightning or momentary links with external objects, have produced more than 80% of faults in overhead lines. Reclosing of circuit breaker (CB) after a pre-defined dead time is very common however reclosing onto permanent faults may damage the power system stability and aggravate severe damage to the system. Thus, adaptive single-phase auto-reclosing (ASPAR) based on investigating existing electrical signals has fascinated engineers and researchers. An ASPAR blocks CB reclosing onto permanent faults and allows reclosing permission once secondary arc is quenched. To address the subject, there have been many ASPARs techniques proposed based on the features trapped in a faulty phase. This paper presents a critical survey of adaptive auto-reclosing schemes that have hitherto been applied to EHV transmission lines.
Autoreclosure can be defined as the process of “automatically intersecting and reclosing an alternating-current circuit with a programmed sequence of opening and reclosing followed by resetting, hold closed, or lockout” . Overhead transmission lines undergo two types of faults i.e. temporary and permanent fault. Statistical surveys depicts that, more than 80% of faults on overhead lines are temporary in nature. As the temporary faults resides for only a short period of time, therefore they can be eliminated by just isolating the faulted phase. Hence, ensuring maximum power system stability and not letting the problem reach more equipment. On the other hand, permanent faults cannot be cleared until they are fixed. Hence, false reclosing i.e. reclosing during permanent faults may intensify the potential damage to the system. Based on the above discussion, temporary faults can be cleared by opening the circuit breaker (CB) and deionisation of the arc path. Therefore the opportunity of restoring power arises.
Due to the large number of HVDC links in china, the multi infeed scenario are being formed in the north east coastal region; which makes the power system more complex and vulnerable. Therefore even a transient fault can become a great threat for present power system. According to the present status of Chinese power grid, HVDC transmission is employed to transmit bulk power over the long distances. It is commonly documented that the successful operation of HVDC transmission depends largely on the voltage level of the converter buses. Therefore a fault on HVAC side would adversely affect the HVDC side too.
During a fault scenario, the power system can observe two disturbances. One, when there is a fault on a transmission line. The faulted phase is isolated from either ends of the line by conventional protection. Two, when reclosing is performed without identifying the fault nature i.e. onto permanent fault. Hence it is mandatory to first identify the fault nature and to minimize the fault duration. By shortening the fault duration, probability of commutation failure on HVDC side can also be reduced.
Owing to these concerns some smart and quick ways of single phase auto reclosing (SPAR) are gaining attention worldwide. The use of SPAR manoeuvre is most appropriate for single-phase faults, since the transmission lines can still permit more than half of their nominal power, hence improving the system consistency and stability . The SPAR methodologies can be divided into two classes: traditional [2,3,4,5,6] and adaptive [7,8,9,10] auto-reclosing.
Traditional single-phase auto-reclosing schemes are employed with fixed dead time and are unable to identify the fault nature. Which means the re-closing can be initiated during the fault or reclosing can reinitiate the fault and causes over-voltages across the circuit breaker [11, 12].
To overcome the limitations of traditional auto reclosing schemes, some adaptive auto reclosing schemes were introduced in the past, which are called ASPAR. These techniques can be divided into two main categories i.e. communication or both ends data based and non-communication or local end data based methodologies. These methodologies can be further classified on the basis of time domain, frequency domain and time-frequency domains analysis [13,14,15,16,17]. In each of these methodologies, voltage, current or both signals are examined to discriminate between temporary and permanent faults and to detect the arc extinction instant.
In this paper, the authors will discuss details about different existing ASPAR methodologies around the world. This paper provides the deep understandings into the adaptive autoreclosing. The contribution of this paper is to highlight the positives and negatives of each methodology which are utilized in the implementation or study in order to guide engineers and researchers.
The principal objective of an Adaptive Autoreclosing (AA) scheme is to detect the soonest and safest re-energization moment without inviting secondary trips. The basic ASPAR operation is shown in Fig. 1.
The various stages of an ASPAR scheme can be clearly seen in Fig. 1. Figure 1a shows the normal operation or pre-fault condition of a power system. A single line to ground fault (transient or permanent) is incepted on a phase as shown in Fig. 1b. Faulted phase is isolated by the conventional protection and can be seen in Fig. 1c. Fault nature identification is performed and in case of a transient fault, wait for the secondary to be completely extinguished, see Fig. 1d. Figure 1e shows that the arc is extinguished and now it is safe to reclose the faulted phase.
A temporary fault also involves the determination of arc extinction [8, 9, 18,19,20]. Any ASPAR scheme first determines the fault nature i.e. it differentiates between a temporary and a permanent fault. If a permanent fault is spotted, reclosing is blocked. Otherwise, the scheme looks for an arc extinction instant before reclosing. After the extinction of secondary arc, residual voltages will appear on the line which is an indication for a safest reclosing instant. This single phase tripping operation can only be tolerable for a few seconds. Otherwise this unbalanced condition can challenge the stability of the whole power system.
Circuit breakers play a vital role in any AA scheme as the reclosing decision is heavily dependent on the post fault information. Therefore most AA schemes utilizes the presence of secondary arc for decision making. Keeping the above mentioned facts in mind, an adaptive autoreclosure must have the following traits :
It can discriminate between permanent and temporary faults efficiently.
It can determine the moment of secondary arc extinction.
It can define an optimum reclosure time .
It cannot be affected by varying power system operating conditions.
It should ensure stability although there are some changes in network topology
Research overview in adaptive autoreclosing
Adaptive autoreclosing techniques are mainly focused on discrimination of temporary and permanent faults and the identification of safest reclosing instant, in case of temporary faults. These techniques are classified into two categories i.e. non-communication or local end data based and communication or both ends data based.
Non-communication or local end data based ASPAR schemes
Discrimination between permanent and temporary faults based on local end data was first introduced in early 1990s . Voltage and current values from the local end terminal are obtained and analyzed. A key benefit by this is that communications channels are not required. Non-communication based methodologies can further be classified on the basis of their domain, utilised for analysis i.e. time domain, frequency domain and time-frequency domain analysis. A review of ASPAR techniques based on the criteria discussed above with their advantages and technical limitations are presented in this section.
Time domain analysis based
Time domain analysis referred to as an analysis of any mathematical function or a physical signal with respect to time. It was first developed in the late 1940s. Time domain analysis is used to identify the behavior of a signal at a specific instant. Also it can give information about how a signal changes with time. Time domain analysis based techniques are discussed below.
Adaptive cumulative sum method (ACUSUM) based ASPAR scheme is presented in . It detects the amplitude changes in the faulted phase voltages. Amplitude of the faulted phase voltages changes, whenever the fault is incepted, circuit breaker is opened and the secondary arc is quenched. Whenever a phase experiences a fault, the current goes up and the voltages goes down to keep the balance in power input and output. Therefore ACUSUM detects these changes in voltage magnitude and counts for two decrements followed by one increment. Increment in voltage amplitude gives an indication that the secondary arc is quenched and a reclosing command is sent to the circuit breaker. This technique possess some technical challenges. The voltage waveform depends on the type of fault i.e. the voltage rises with growing fault impedance . Also, the fault can reinitiate upon reclosing therefore no deionization time delay is provided.
Another ACUSUM based methodology is discussed in . After the secondary arc extinction a delay named (Delay 3) is provided for the arc path to be completely deionized so that fault cannot re-initiate itself. Then in case of a temporary fault, ACUSUM detects an amplitude increment in the faulted phase voltages and a reclosing command is sent to CB. Although deionization time delay is provided, but still this scheme cannot be implemented in practical power system as shunt reactors are not considered for simulation studies. Residual voltages show swing behavior after the secondary arc is extinguished therefore shunt compensated transmission lines must be considered.
A novel method based on zero sequence voltages is presented in . As the zero sequence voltages only appear in case of fault and are in phase with the other phases, therefore the zero sequence voltages are measured at the relay point after the CB opening. An index is generated by estimating the mean value of the zero sequence voltages which have a non-zero value in case of temporary fault at the instant when the secondary arc is quenched. The scheme presented is adaptive in nature and don’t need any pre-defined threshold value. It provide simple solution for distinguishing between permanent and temporary faults.
Adaptive Linear Neuron (ADALINE) based autoreclosing scheme is discussed in . By which error signal is generated by comparing the present value of the terminal voltages with the previous one. During the fault, an error signal is created by computing the change in magnitude of the terminal voltages. ADALINE is used because of its adaptive signal predictive nature, it can detect the change in input signal immediately [26,27,28]. Time Average of Error Signal (TAES)  is calculated as the error signal shows non-linear behavior. In case of a temporary fault TAES sharply increases and after the arc extinction, it decays slowly. While in case of permanent fault, TAES sharply increases and will never decay. This fact is used to identify the fault nature and to indicate the secondary arc extinction instant. It is fast enough to detect a change in the input signal . There are some limitations as the voltage magnitude depends upon fault current and fault location therefore it is difficult to analyze non-linear behavior of the terminal voltages. It may not work for an unaccounted situation.
The techniques presented in this section are well suited for single phase adaptive autoreclosing application. Their advantages and technical limitations are as under:
The reclosing time is very short which is very good for power system stability.
Deionization time delay is provided which is mandatory to ensure the extinction of the secondary arc.
As the voltage rises with growing fault impedance, therefore voltage amplitude may rise instead of decreasing.
Optimal dead time for secondary arc must be determined for safe reclosing.
Magnitude of the zero sequence voltages depend upon the magnitude of the fault current. Due to the presence of noise, it would be difficult to evaluate mean value of zero sequence voltages and hence to discriminate between temporary and permanent fault.
Practical application of different ASPAR schemes is not possible as the actual power system is not considered.
Frequency domain analysis based
Frequency domain analysis was first introduced in early 1960s. It is the analysis of any signal or mathematical function with respect to frequency. Techniques based on frequency domain analysis are discussed below.
A numerical algorithm is presented in  which utilizes total harmonic distortion (THD)% to classify temporary and permanent faults. This algorithm is suitable for defining adaptive dead time, and obstructing automatic reclosing during permanent faults. The arc produced in case of a transient fault, is a source of higher harmonics. Therefore THD is calculated to identify the fault nature. Discrete Fourier transform (DFT) is applied to the faulted phase voltages to calculate THD factor. A non-linear nature of the arcing faults on a transmission line, causes the distortion of the arc voltage [31, 32]. Therefore, THD% has a greater value during the secondary arc and it has a small value after the arc extinction. This will give an indication that the arc is quenched and now it is safe to reclose.
PRONY based numerical algorithm is presented in . The technique utilizes the swing behavior of waveform, produced due to the presence of shunt reactors, to identify the fault nature. In case of a temporary fault the current in the shunt reactor has a low frequency component. When it combines with the power frequency component, due to the mutual coupling between phases, a swing behavior of waveform is produced. While there is only power frequency component of current in the open phase is present in case of permanent fault. As the voltage magnitude depends on the load currents and fault resistance, therefore it would be problematic to assess the voltage magnitude and hence to differentiate between permanent and temporary faults .
Shunt compensated transmission lines are addressed in . For the shunt-compensated transmission lines, after the arc disappearance, the residual voltages show an oscillating behavior due to the mutual coupling between lines and the shunt reactor’s inductance. This wave shape may contain different frequency components. The proposed adaptive reclosing methodology uses the fundamental value of the faulted phase voltage to define the fault nature but to calculate the spectral and temporary energies of an actual power system is not an easy task to perform.
Recovery voltages show different frequency characteristics in different situations. A new method based on power spectrum is proposed in . During the temporary fault period, there will be high frequency components in the bus voltages at primary arc stage. During the secondary arc phase, due to the non-linear behavior of the arc, residual voltages comprises of power and resonant frequency components. While the recovery voltage only have power frequency component in case of a permanent fault. Amplitude and resonant frequency components are then utilized to determine the fault nature. However the above mentioned technique is very useful in determining the fault nature and the appropriate reclosing instant but the relationship of several factors such as line parameters, fault position, pre-fault loading, source constraints, and atmospheric conditions which effect the actual waveforms of the secondary arc, may impede the effectiveness of this technique.
The pros and cons of the techniques presented in this section are:
Shunt compensated transmission lines are discussed in some techniques for their swing behavior of residual voltages.
Actual power system is considered for simulation studies. Which increases the adaptability of the proposed schemes.
Secondary arc is the combination of low and high frequency components, therefore it would be a hectic task to calculate THD% accurately.
Due to the higher voltage level secondary arc will take longer time to decay therefore an optimal dead time must be determined before reclosing.
Swing behavior appears in shunt compensated transmission lines, can help secondary arc to reside for longer time.
Time-frequency domain analysis based
Time-frequency domain analysis was first introduced in 1909 in Haar wavelets. It can provide information in both time and frequency domain at the same time. Time-frequency domain based techniques are discussed in this section [36, 37].
Wavelet packet transform (WPT) based adaptive autoreclosing scheme is presented in  for its richer range of possibilities for signal analysis. WPT is used to decompose the faulted phase voltages into its detailed coefficients by using low and high pass filters. The values of these coefficients are then added to define an index which will have a higher value in case of a temporary fault and remains zero for permanent faults. Moreover when the index has a zero value in case of temporary faults, it is an indication of secondary arc quenching. Reactor compensated transmission lines are also discussed in this paper due to their swing effect on the faulted phase voltages [22, 39]. This technique is suitable for both reactor compensated and uncompensated transmission lines.
Wavelet transform (WT) and adaptive fuzzy neuro inference (ANFIS) based adaptive autoreclosing scheme is presented in . ANFIS is an efficient pattern classifier based on its training . Wavelet transformation is used for signal processing and ANFIS for its wide range of logic sets to differentiate between permanent and temporary faults. Using the low and high pass filters, the terminal voltages are decomposed into its coefficients . In case of temporary fault, the percentage of energy of these coefficients is greater than zero, and in case of permanent fault, it remains close to zero. This fact is used to discriminate between permanent and temporary faults. It is robust against noise but fuzzy logic needs predefined logic sets which cannot be improved once established [43, 44].
The advantages and disadvantages of the above discussed techniques are:
Wavelet analysis gives information in both time and frequency domains.
The response of a signal in time and frequency domains can be separately observed.
AI based techniques perform well for the problems it is trained.
It depends upon the applied mother wavelet  and decomposition of a signal into its detailed coefficients needs an extensive computational burden.
Artificial intelligence based algorithms needs an extensive training before implementation.
They are useless for an unaccounted situation.
A brief summary of ASPAR schemes mentioned in the above section is presented in Table 1. Table 1 gives information of different ASPAR techniques in terms of their reclosing time, transmission system utilised for simulation studies, input values to an ASPAR and the methods.
Communication or both ends data based ASPAR schemes
The technology of obtaining data from both ends of a transmission line for adaptive autoreclosing application, was first established in 1989. It offers an ideal measurement system by comparing the values of either ends, to observe and control a power system . The vital feature of the technique is that it is suitable for widely separated locations [49, 50]. Communication based adaptive autoreclosing schemes can further be classified on the basis of time domain and frequency domain analysis. Techniques lies in the categories discussed above with their technical limitations are discussed in this section.
Time domain analysis based
A synchrophasor based adaptive autoreclosing technique is presented in . The algorithm discriminate the fault type by measuring the synchronized data of healthy phases at both ends of the line. By computing the current values on either sides of the line, an index is generated. In case of any fault, one of the current becomes erroneous, and if the fault is temporary in nature, the index becomes zero after the secondary arc extinction. This fact is used to differentiate between temporary and permanent faults and to define a reclosing instant. While obtaining the data from both ends of the line accurately, noise free proper communication channel is required. Which may increase the cost of the entire scheme.
Another communication aided technique is presented in , by which faulted phase voltages are predicted by using the information of healthy phases at the instant of CB tripping and secondary arc disappearance on either ends. Magnitude and phase angle of the voltage are monitored to detect the arc elimination instant. Permanent fault is identified, when the voltage magnitude and phase angle shows similarity for a few cycles, after the circuit breakers are interrupted from both ends . Therefore, both the magnitude and angle derivation is used to detect the permanent fault. Although the synchrophasor based measurement techniques gaining more attention but they possess some issues. It is presented in  that (i) the voltage magnitudes diverge significantly with load currents and fault impedance, (ii) in case of a permanent fault, actual voltage magnitude is very challenging to determine and (iii) the effect of fault impedance on the magnitude of voltage.
Adaptive autoreclosing scheme based on artificial neural network (ANN) is presented in . Gabor transformation (GT) is used as an innovative signal processing tool to extract information of the faulty phase current values. On the basis of these Gabor coefficients, feedforward ANN based classifier will recognize whether it is permanent or a temporary fault. The technique has following limitations as the signal transformation requires broad computation. Faulted phase current value depends on line construction, therefore it may have different values due to the mutual coupling with other healthy phases.
Prony theory based fault nature identification for adaptive autoreclosing scheme is presented in . This ANN based methodology is trained by Resilient Backpropagation and Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm. The inputs to the ANN are the faulted phase voltage waveforms obtained by applying Prony analysis (PA), a method that estimates a function with a sum of damped sinusoids. The PA effectively indicate the change in the amplitudes of both types of faults but it require extensive training and it is not immune to noise.
The techniques discussed above possess some advantages and disadvantages which are:
Phasor data can be considered for multiple purposes, such as wide area monitoring, real time operations and for power system planning.
Communication based algorithms needs a noise free medium, which is indeed an expensive and difficult task to perform.
Faulted phase current may have a different value due to the mutual coupling with the healthy phases. Therefore it is difficult to calculate the actual value of the faulted phase current.
Mathematical algorithms require extensive training and are unable to deal with unaccounted situations.
Frequency domain analysis based
Another communication based methodology by which line currents and voltages are sampled at both ends of the line by using Phasor Measurement Units (PMU) is presented in . Fast communication channels and two Intelligent Electronic Device’s (IED) are installed at the line terminals. IED’s are based on a predefined settings file. The testing of setting file is one of the most time consuming task. DFT is then applied for voltage and current harmonics and for phasor calculations. Then by computing the arc resistance and total fault resistance, the technique efficiently determine the fault location and fault nature (permanent or temporary). In this scheme, the communication channels require more training to transmit the data in its actual form when applied to long transmission lines.
A PMU based technique , in which synchronized measurement of voltages and current phasors is carried out. Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) is implemented for communication between two modules [55, 56]. Different sequences of voltage and current phasors are utilized to identify the fault nature. Faulted phase voltages are measured after the CB is open. When THD based temporary fault detector (TFD) detects a value less than the defined value for two cycles, the fault is determined as permanent fault. Before implementing this technique one should keep it in mind that GPS signals can easily be attenuated due to some hurdles to the signals such as buildings, trees and atmospheric conditions. Also a GPS device can be battery driven and needs a power supply to operate it.
Another PMU based adaptive autoreclosing technique is presented in . PMU based synchronized measurement of voltage and current phasors, from both ends is carried out to calculate the impedance parameters of the line. Which means a separate and dedicated PMU require on either sides of the line which is very expensive. The variation of fault current and voltages before and after the fault incidence, measured on either ends of the line are used to define a threshold and to select that which phase is under fault. Then by THD factor value, fault type and the arc extinction instant is determined.
Zero sequence differential power based scheme is proposed in . The technique utilizes the variation in the line voltages and currents. Instantaneous zero sequence power is calculated at both line terminals in order to perceive the synchronized effect of arc extinction on voltage and current waveforms. Programmable Logic Control (PLC) communication is employed to compare the values at each end. Then by DFT, the fundamental components of the power are obtained. An increase in operating power value gives an indication for secondary arc extinction.
Fault nature and fault location identification technique based on IED’s installed at both line terminals, for synchronized measurements of voltage phasors is presented in . GPS is used for communication between two IED’s. Temporary recorder is used to record arc voltages on either ends of the line. DFT is applied to obtain the harmonic content present in voltage and current waveforms. A fault is referred as a temporary fault if the calculated value of the arc voltage amplitude is greater than the minimum arc voltage amplitude. Using GPS for communication purpose may contain some problems as GPS accuracy depends on quality of the received signals. GPS signal gets affected due to atmosphere (i.e. ionosphere), electromagnetic interference etc.
Another ADALINE based intelligent algorithm is presented in . ADALINE looks for the harmonic content present in the faulted phase voltages, to discriminate between temporary and permanent faults in power transmission lines. In case of permanent fault, during secondary arc period, the value of total harmonic inverse factor (THIF) remains high. While in case of temporary faults THIF decreases after the secondary arc is quenched. The technique undergo some issues as if there is an abrupt change in the system, large error signal is generated and ADALINE may loses its ability to track the change [60, 61]. During secondary arc period, the arc may have low and high frequency components so THIF may become erroneous.
The advantages and disadvantages of methodologies presented in this section are discussed below:
PMU’s are widely adopted for their higher scan rate and precision of data.
It allows many real time algorithms to implement PMU’s to enhance speed and accuracy.
GPS signals can easily be attenuated by the hurdles such as buildings, trees and atmospheric conditions.
Power supply is required to operate the GPS devices which is not always possible.
The communication between the two PMU’s via GPS require high bandwidth communication links, and noise free medium which is very difficult to create.
As PLC is a solid state semiconductor device which is temperature dependent. Therefore after certain temperature they might malfunction. Extensive training is required to program a PLC to operate for different operations.
Table 2 gives a brief comparison of different methodologies presented in this section. It compares different techniques on the basis of their reclosing time, transmission line construction, input value to an ASPAR and the methods used to implement ASPAR. Some important equations that were used in various techniques from different papers are presented in Table 3.
This paper provides an extensive review on the ASPAR schemes and related issues. These schemes are classified on the basis of data acquisition. Some AI techniques are also discussed. Under the paradigm of power system stability and reliability, ASPAR schemes are becoming popular since they are fast and efficient enough in fault nature determination. However, ASPAR scheme for actual power system have not been comprehensively researched. Most of the papers provide solutions for specific cases and a complete solution is not yet proposed. However, wavelet transforms are found the most effective signal processing tools so far because they provide several resolutions in both time and frequency. To speed up the wavelet transformation process FFT can be used in combination with wavelets to acquire faster reclosing. Hence this work will help researchers to develop core foundation for ASPAR in EHV transmission system.
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Khan, W.A., Bi, T. & Jia, K. A review of single phase adaptive auto-reclosing schemes for EHV transmission lines. Prot Control Mod Power Syst 4, 18 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41601-019-0133-5
- Adaptive auto-reclosing
- EHV transmission lines
- Temporary faults
- Permanent faults