Time domain analysis of switching transient fields in high voltage substations

Musa, B.U. and Siew, W.H. and Judd, M.D. (2009) Time domain analysis of switching transient fields in high voltage substations. In: UHVNet Colloquium 2009, 2009-01-21.

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    Abstract

    Switching operations of circuit breakers and disconnect switches generate transient currents propagating along the substation busbars. At the moment of switching, the busbars temporarily acts as antennae radiating transient electromagnetic fields within the substations. The radiated fields may interfere and disrupt normal operations of electronic equipment used within the substation for measurement, control and communication purposes. Hence there is the need to fully characterise the substation electromagnetic environment as early as the design stage of substation planning and operation to ensure safe operations of the electronic equipment. This paper deals with the computation of transient electromagnetic fields due to switching within a high voltage air-insulated substation (AIS) using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method