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Introduction

Travelling waves

Reflection & refraction of


Bewley Lattice diagram
travelling waves
Objective type questions

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Power Related Software
ATP the Alternative Transients Program
Objective type questions
1. Which one of the following statements is true?
In a protection scheme for a communication line,
a. The lightning arrester prevents any accumulation of static charge , and the drainage coil relieves the system of any excess voltage
b. The lightning arrester relieves the system of any excess voltage , and the drainage coil prevents any accumulation of static charge
c. The lightning arrester prevents any accumulation of static charge on the communication circuit
Ans. b
2. The correct meaning of 50% dry flash-over test is:
A positive 1/50-microsecond wave is applied 20 times to the insulator. Then a negative 1/50-microsecond wave is applied to the same insulator 20 times.
a. The amplitude of the wave is such that the insulator flashes over in each case, but is not damage
b. The amplitude of the wave is such that the insulator is damaged in 50 % of the cases.
c. The amplitude of the wave is such that 50% of the positive impulses cause flashover and 50 % of the negative impulses cause flashover , but the insulator is not damaged
Ans. c

Introduction
The transient overvoltages that occur on a power system are either of external origin(for example, a lightning discharge) or are generated internally by switching operations. In general, the transients in transmission systems are cause by any sudden change in the
operating condition or configuration of the systems. Lightning is always a potential hazard to power system equipment, but switching operations can also cause equipment damage. At voltages up to about 230 kV the insulation level of the lines & equipment is dictated
by the need to protect against lightning. On systems where voltages are above 230 kV but less than 700 kV switching operations as well as lightning are potentially damaging to the insulation. At voltages above 700 kV switching surges are the main determinant of the
level of insulation.

Travelling waves
The parameter of the transmission lines, generator & transformer windings are distributed. A distinguishing feature of the circuit with distributed parameters is its ability to support travelling waves of current & voltage. The velocity of propagation of current & voltage
waves along a lossless line is
n = 1/ (LC) = 1/ (e om o) = 3*108 m/sec = velocity of light
for an overhead line .
In some practical cases , the ambient medium is not free space or air. For example , in a cable the permittivity of the dielectric is e oe r where e r may be 3 to 5 or even more. Thus the velocity of wave propagation in cable is reduced by a factor 1/ e r. It may be less
than half the velocity for an air insulated line. Similarly, where the conductor is buried in steel , as are the conductors of most rotating machines, the permeability m (=m om r) may greatly exceed m o..
The ratio of the amplitudes of voltage and current waves is called the characteristic impedance Zo of the line.
Zo = (L/C)
For a typical overhead transmission line, Zo is about 400 ohms. For an underground cable it is in the range of 30-80 ohms, because the closer spacing of the conductors makes C larger & L smaller.

Reflection & refraction of travelling waves


There is a strict proportionality between the voltage and the current waves in a transmission line. The proportionality factor is the characteristic impedance Zo of the line. When a wave arrives at a discontinuity in a line where the characteristic impedance of the line
changes , some adjustment must occur if this proportionality is not to be violated. This adjustment takes place in the form of the initiation of two new wave pairs. The reflected voltage wave and its companion current wave travel back down the line superimposed on
the incident wave. The refracted wave penetrates beyond the discontinuity. The amplitudes of the reflected & refracted waves are such that the voltage to current proportionalities are preserved for each, as demanded by the characteristic impedances of the lines on
which they are travelling..
Consider the junction between the lines of characteristic impedances Za and Zb. This may be a junction between an overhead line and a cable. If a step function surge of amplitude V1 approaches the junction along the overhead line then the incident (V1),
reflected(V2) and refracted(V3) voltage waves are given by
V2= (Zb-Za)V1/(Za+Zb)
V3 = 2 ZbV1/(Za+Zb)
The quantity (Zb-Za)/(Za+Zb) is called the reflection coefficient while the quantity 2 Zb/(Za+Zb) is called the refraction coefficient
The reflected current, I2 = -V2/Za
The refracted current I3 = -V3/Zb
Study the behaviour of travelling waves at
1. An open-circuited line
2. A short-circuited line, and
3. A line terminated in a resistive load , R
Bewley Lattice diagram
The Bewley lattice diagram is a space-time diagram with space measured horizontally and measured time vertically. This diagram show at a glance the position and direction of motion of every incident, reflected, and transmitted wave on the line at every instant of
time.. By its means the difficulty of keeping track of the multiplicity of successive reflections is considerably simplified.
Illustrate the use of the Bewley lattice diagram by using the following examples:
1. An open-circuited lossless line energized with step input voltage V1
2. A short-circuited lossless line energized with step input voltage V1
3. A lossless line terminated in a resistive load , R

4. A long line connected to a cable of finite length with its remote end open-circuited.
What do you understand by a distortionless line?
What is the attenuation constant of a distortionless line? What is the power (and energy) associated with a distortionless line?
Show that for a transmission line the attenuation constant a is
a = (R/2Z) + (GZ/2)
where R= resistance per unit length
Z= Characteristic impedance
G= leakage conductance