Accuracy of fault current DC component calculation in multi-machine power system

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Accuracy of the calculation method of transient DC component of three phase short circuit current is carefully studied. Using a multi-machine model system 4 different methods are compared, which are catenacci method, AIEE method, 4 parameters method, and the proposed method. Among all these four methods the proposed method gives the most accurate result, which gives almost identical wave form of the averaged wave obtained by the post processing of ATP-EMTP results. Compared to ATP-EMTP the proposed method is more convenient because it automatically gives the severest fault case while ATP-EMTP needs several computations. Main reason of the discrepancies of the conventional methods is based on the insufficient order of the internal models. In contrast to the proposed method, they use only a second order model at most. The usefulness of the proposed method is demonstrated using a test analysis of the saturation of a current transformer. Computing time is also discussed by comparing the results applied to two 10-machines systems and one 30-machines system. In conclusion, the proposed method is accurate and is ready to apply to multi-machine systems within a realistic computing time. The usefulness of the proposed method is confirmed by this study.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Power and Energy
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


  • Saturation of CT
  • Short circuit study
  • Sub-transient saliency
  • Three phase short circuit
  • Transient DC component

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