# Lecture 11: Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

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Lecture 11: Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Symmetrical Components: Single-phase-to-ground short circuit Phase-to-phase short circuit Phase-to-phase-to-ground short circuit EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unbalanced Short Circuits
Procedure: Set up all three sequence networks Interconnect the networks at the point of the fault to simulate the short circuit Calculate the 012 (sequence components) currents and voltages Transform to ABC currents and voltages EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unbalanced Short Circuits
Short circuits considered: single phase to ground = single line to ground phase to phase = line to line short circuits phase to phase to ground = double phase to ground = double line to ground = line to line to ground EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Single-phase-to-ground short circuit on an unloaded generator
Let phase a be the faulted phase: Va = 0 and Ib = Ic = 0. Then I0 = I1 = I2 = Ia/3 and V0 + V1 + V2 = 0. Connect sequence networks in series at the fault (terminals), calculate I0, and Ia = 3 I0 V1 E I0 = I1 = I2 V2 V0 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Example Wye-connected synchronous generator with neutral solidly grounded with single-phase-to-ground short circuit at terminals: Xd = 150%, X'd = 35%, X''d = 25%, X0 =10% Use X''d for both positive and negative sequence reactance I0 = 1.0/(j0.60) = /-90º Ia = 3 I0 = 5.00 /-90º per unit Note that a 3-phase short circuit gives 4.00 per unit current, so most generators are not solidly grounded V1 1.0 j0.25 I0 V2 j0.25 V0 j0.10 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Phase-to-phase short circuit on an unloaded generator
Let phase b be shorted to phase c: Ia = 0, Ic = -Ib and Vb = Vc Then V1 = V2 = (Va -Vb )/3 I0 = 0 and I1 = -I2 = j Ib/3 V1 V2 E I1 = -I2 Connect the positive and negative sequence networks in parallel at the fault, calculate I1 Then Ib = -j3 I1 and Ic = 3 I1 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Example Wye-connected synchronous generator with phase-to-phase short circuit at terminals: Xd = 150%, X'd = 35%, X''d = 25%, X0 =10% I1 = -I2 = 1/j0.50 = 2.00 /-90º pu Ib = -j3 I1 = 3.46 /180 º pu Ic = j3 I1 = 3.46 /0 º pu V1 V2 1.0 j0.25 j0.25 I1 V1 = 1.0 – j 0.25 I1 = 0.50 /0º pu V2 = -j 0.25 I2 = 0.50 /0 º pu Va = 1.00 /0 º pu Vb = Vc = 0.50 /180 º pu EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Phase-to-phase-to-ground short circuit on an unloaded generator
Let phase b be shorted to phase c and also to ground: Ia = 0 and Vb = Vc = 0 Then V0 = V1 = V2 = Va/3 I0 + I1 + I2 = 0 V1 V2 V0 E I1 I2 I0 Connect all three sequence networks in parallel at the fault, calculate I0, I1 and I2. Then the symmetrical component transformation gives Ib and Ic EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Example Wye-connected synchronous generator with neutral solidly grounded with phase-to-phase-to-ground short circuit at terminals: Xd = 150%, X'd = 35%, X''d = 25%, X0 =10% V1 V2 V0 1.0 j0.25 j0.25 j0.10 I1 I2 I0 I1 = 1.0/(j0.321) = 3.11 /-90º V1 = 1.0 – j0.25 I1 = /0º V0 = V2 = V I2 = /90º I0 = 2.22 /90º Ia = 0.00 pu Ib = 4.81 /136.1º pu Ic = 4.81 /43.9º pu EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Single-phase-to-ground short circuit on an unloaded power system
Construct a Thevenin equivalent circuit for each sequence network. Let phase a be the faulted phase: Va = 0 and Ib = Ic = 0. Then I0 = I1 = I2 = Ia/3 and V0 + V1 + V2 = 0. Connect the sequence equivalents in series at the fault (terminals), calculate I0, and Ia = 3 I0. This current is total fault current. Line and other apparatus currents are found by solution of the sequence networks. EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
G1 L G2 1f sc V1 V1 E E Eth Z1th I0 = I1 = I2 I0 = I1 = I2 V2 V2 Z2th V0 V0 Z0th EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
G1: 100 MVA, 13.8 kV, X" = 15%, X0 = 7.5%, Xn = 10% G2: 50 MVA, 13.2 kV, X" = 25%, X0 = 8.0% T1: 100 MVA, 13.8 : 115 kV, X = 8.0% T2: 50 MVA, 13.2 : 115 kV, X = 8.0% Line: X1 = 36.4 ohms, X0 = 118 ohms Convert to per unit on 100 MVA base: Line impedance: Z1 = j 0.275, Z0 = j 0.895 T1: X = T2: X = 0.16 G1: X1 = X2 = 0.15 , X0 = Xn = 0.10 G2: X1 = X2 = 0.50 , X0 = 0.16 The circuit diagram shows the sequence networks connected to simulate the 1f-ground fault EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
1.0 V1 j0.15 j0.08 j0.275 j0.16 j0.50 I0 = I1 = I2 V2 j0.15 j0.08 j0.275 j0.16 j0.50 V0 j0.30 j0.895 j0.16 j0.16 j0.075 j0.08 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
1.0 Z1th = Z2th = j(0.23||0.935) = j0.1846 V1 Z0th = j(0.08||1.055) = j0.0744 j0.23 j0.935 Zth = Z1th+Z2th+Z0th = j0.4435 V2 I0 = 1/Zth = -j per unit If = 3 I0 = -j per unit j0.23 j0.935 V0 j1.055 j0.08 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Use current division to find current from T1 in each sequence network: |I0| = 2.2551.055/(1.135) = 2.096 |I1| = |I2| = 2.2550.935/(1.165) = 1.810 And the transformation back to the line current from T1 gives: Ia = -j( ) = -j per unit Note that on the LV side of T1, the zero-sequence line current is zero (due to the delta connection). The positive and negative sequence currents are shifted in phase by ±30 degrees, but in opposite directions. This is considered on the next slide. EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Phase shifts in delta-wye transformers
Consider the delta-wye step-up transformer shown below: The positive sequence shows a phase shift of 30º (hv side leading lv side) The negative sequence has a phase shift of -30º C c A b a B EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Winding connection for delta-wye transformer A b a B VCN VCA VAB Vca Positive sequence +30º phase shift VAN Vab Vab Vbc VBN VBC VBC Vbc VBN VAN Negative sequence -30º phase shift Vab VAB Vca VCN VCA EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Consider the previous example, but now compute the currents at the generator G1 (the line currents on the low-voltage side of T1) The zero-sequence current is zero due to the transformer connection The LV side positive sequence current is shifted by –30º while the negative sequence current is shifted by +30º EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
On the HV side of T1, the example gave: I0 = -j 2.2551.055/(1.135) = -j pu I1 = I2 = -j 2.2550.935/(1.165) = /-90º pu On the LV side of T1: I0 = 0 pu I1 = /-90º - 30º = /-120º pu I2 = /-90º + 30º = /-60º pu Ia = I0+I1+I2 = 3.14 /-90º per unit Ib = I0+a2I1+aI2 = 3.14 /90º per unit Ic = I0+aI1+a2I2 = per unit EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
b a B Ia = 3.14 /-90º per unit IA = 5.72/-90º per unit IB = IC = 0.29/-90º per unit Note that IB and IC create small circulating currents in the delta side of both transformers (only one of which is shown). EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Open Conductor Faults Va Ia Vb Ib Vc Ic Single open conductor in a line: Vb = Vc = Ia = 0 I0 = (Ib + Ic)/ I1 = (a Ib + a2 Ic)/ I2 = (a2 Ib + a Ic)/3 I0 + I1 + I2 = V0 = V1 = V2 = Va/3 So connect the three sequence networks in parallel at the point of the open circuit as shown below: EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
V0 I0 1 1 V1 I1 2 2 V2 I2 Notice that positive sequence currents see an impedance that is on the order of twice the normal value. Power is transferred, but with the creation of negative sequence currents. EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Ungrounded Power Delivery Systems
Many process industries have trouble with unplanned process shut-down due to faults Since the most common fault is a short circuit from single phase to ground, why not use an ungrounded system? Supply power from a delta-delta or wye-delta step-down transformer and the LV system is ungrounded EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
G1 1f-gnd sc L Motor Static loads ungrounded system V1 E E I0 = 0 V2 Ia = 3I0 = 0 The process can continue to operate until it can be shut down in an orderly fashion. V0 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
But include stray capacitance to ground, and there is an RLC series circuit that can produce high-frequency transients that may be lightly damped. This can cause problems with transient overvoltages. R1th L1th R2th L2th V1 E E C0 E I0 If the fault is a repetitive, arcing short-circuit, large transient voltages to ground can be produced. This may damage insulation and lead to burn-down of the system V2 V0 EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
The solution is to use high-resistance grounding to limit the single phase to ground short circuit current to a very small value, but greater than the charging current. T1 T2 G1 1f-gnd sc L Motor Static loads The process can continue to operate, but now transient voltages are damped much better and present less danger. EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
V1 E E I0 V2 V0 Now every part of the system is grounded and the plant step-down transformer provides high-resistance grounding to its distribution circuits. EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits

Unsymmetrical Short Circuits
Discussion Many other faults have been analyzed using symmetrical components See, for example, Electrical Transmission and Distribution Reference Book, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 1964 Another approach for more complicated cases: use three-phase primitive branch impedance matrix and transform to three-phase bus admittance matrix in abc coordinates EE 751 Unsymmetrical Short Circuits