Arc fault generation and detection in DC systems

Yang Cao, Jing Li, Mark Sumner, Ed Christopher, Dave Thomas

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Abstract

Arc fault are a common fault in electrical systems and can go undetected by traditional protection schemes and cause significant damage. To investigate the characteristics of arc faults in DC systems and their detection methods, an arc generation unit is described and arc characterization during initiation is investigated in this paper. Different conditions of arc current, air gap length and load inductance are considered to examine the effect on arc initiation. Arc fault detection algorithms based on spectrum analysis, Wavelet packet decomposition and current variation are then presented and discussed. Experimental results demonstrate that the presented methods can recognize the initiation of an arc.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2013 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC 2013
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781479925223
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC 2013 - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Duration: 8 Dec 201311 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameAsia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC
ISSN (Print)2157-4839
ISSN (Electronic)2157-4847

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC 2013
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityKowloon
Period8/12/1311/12/13

Keywords

  • arc fault
  • arc fault detection
  • DC
  • FT
  • series arc
  • Wavelet packet decomposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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