Condition monitoring of circuit breakers using arc models and failure detection algorithm

Feizifar B., Usta Ö.

5th International Istanbul Smart Grids and Cities Congress and Fair, ICSG 2017, İstanbul, Turkey, 19 - 21 April 2017, pp.32-36 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/sgcf.2017.7947631
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.32-36
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents a real-time condition assessment procedure for high-voltage circuit breakers (CBs). The simulation of CBs can be fulfilled using the existing arc models. These models can be used to characterize the transient behavior of CB after each operation. The transient signals originated by electric arcs contain several harmonics. Arc voltages can be effectively utilized to detect anomalies of CBs. Here, the total harmonic distortion (THD) index is considered in diagnosing the CB operating mechanism. The CB modeling and simulation are performed in the electro-magnetic transient program (EMTP) and the corresponding signal analyses are carried out in the MATLAB programming environment.