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  1. Overriding Faulty Circuit Breakers

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    Robbins, Richard L.; Pierson, Thomas E.

    1987-01-01

    Retainer keeps power on in emergency. Simple mechanical device attaches to failed aircraft-type push/pull circuit breaker to restore electrical power temporarily until breaker replaced. Device holds push/pull button in closed position; unnecessary for crewmember to hold button in position by continual finger pressure. Sleeve and plug hold button in, overriding mechanical failure in circuit breaker. Windows in sleeve show button position.

  2. High temperature circuit breaker

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    Edwards, R. N.; Travis, E. F.

    1970-01-01

    Alternating current circuit breaker is suitable for reliable long-term service at 1000 deg F in the vacuum conditions of outer space. Construction materials are resistant to nuclear radiation and vacuum welding. Service test conditions and results are given.

  3. Latching overcurrent circuit breaker

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    Moore, M. L.

    1970-01-01

    Circuit breaker consists of a preset current amplitude sensor, and a lamp-photo-resistor combination in a feedback arrangement which energizes a power switching relay. The ac input power is removed from the load at predetermined current amplitudes.

  4. 46 CFR 169.670 - Circuit breakers.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Circuit breakers. 169.670 Section 169.670 Shipping COAST... Gross Tons § 169.670 Circuit breakers. Each circuit breaker must be of the manually reset type designed for— (a) Inverse time delay; (b) Instantaneous short circuit protection; and (c) Repeated opening...

  5. Circuit breaker and bus

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    Two close-open operations are required each pulse cycle at approximately 3 MA with the breaker in series with the burn supply, both forming a leg in parallel with the E-coil and the homopolar. To conduct the 3-MA current, approximately 30 breaker units are connected in parallel. Each unit is equipped with a counterpulse capacitor bank, and the bus for the 30 units is provided with a common saturable reactor core made of strip steel wound around the bus. Oil breakers of a special design are chosen because of their high arc resistance facilitating the current transfer to the homopolar machine and for obtaining precision timing in opening and closing of the contacts. The precision timing is achieved by a shock wave method with the oil serving as hydraulic medium. Each of the parallel breaker units possesses two sets of contacts, a stationary and a transient one. A 1-mΩ resistor in series with the transient contacts of each breaker unit is to improve the current sharing. The bus consists of room temperature copper, stranded and transposed to help provide current equalization under transient conditions

  6. Short- circuit tests of circuit breakers

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    Chorovský, P.

    2015-01-01

    This paper deals with short-circuit tests of low voltage electrical devices. In the first part of this paper, there are described basic types of short- circuit tests and their principles. Direct and indirect (synthetic) tests with more details are described in the second part. Each test and principles are explained separately. Oscilogram is obtained from short-circuit tests of circuit breakers at laboratory. The aim of this research work is to propose a test circuit for performing indirect test.

  7. Solid-State dc Circuit Breaker

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    Harvey, P.

    1983-01-01

    Circuit breaker with no moving parts protects direct-current (dc) loads. Current which circuit breaker opens (trip current) is adjustable and so is time delay before breaker trips. Forward voltage drop rises from 0.6 to 1.2 V as current rises to trip point. Breaker has two terminals, like fuse, therefore replaces fuse in dc circuit. Powered by circuit it protects and reset by either turning off power source or disconnecting load.

  8. Circuit breaker maintenance, sentinels on guard

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    Tanguay, F.

    2003-07-01

    Circuit breakers are essential components of every type and size of power system, and their maintenance is a matter of prime importance. This article provides a list of typical circuit breaker maintenance routines for each type of insulating medium and each type of breaker mechanism, and offers a number of useful tips to ensure the success of a circuit breaker maintenance program. It also suggests sources of information about maintenance programs for circuit breakers such as the National Electrical Testing Association's Maintenance Specifications, and companies that specialize in this type of service. 3 tabs.

  9. What's new about generator circuit breakers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The need for updating ANSI C37 Standards for AC high-voltage circuit breakers has become necessary because of the increased interest in power circuit breakers for generator application. These circuit breakers, which have continuous current ratings and rated short-circuit currents that are much higher than those presently covered by existing C37 Standards, take on added importance because they are being installed in critical AC power supplies at nuclear power stations

  10. Present Status of Power Circuit Breaker and its Future

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    Yoshioka, Yoshio

    Gas circuit breaker and vacuum circuit breaker are the 2 main types of circuit breaker used in extra high voltage and medium voltage networks. After reviewing the history of these circuit breakers, their present status and technologies are described. As for future technology, computation of interrupting phenomena, SF6 gas less apparatus and expectation of the high voltage vacuum circuit breaker are discussed.

  11. High Speed Solid State Circuit Breaker

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    Podlesak, Thomas F.

    1993-01-01

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Fort Monmouth, NJ, has developed and is installing two 3.3 MW high speed solid state circuit breakers at the Army's Pulse Power Center. These circuit breakers will interrupt 4160V three phase power mains in no more than 300 microseconds, two orders of magnitude faster than conventional mechanical contact type circuit breakers. These circuit breakers utilize Gate Turnoff Thyristors (GTO's) and are currently utility type devices using air cooling in an air conditioned enclosure. Future refinements include liquid cooling, either water or two phase organic coolant, and more advanced semiconductors. Each of these refinements promises a more compact, more reliable unit.

  12. Power two-step dc circuit breaker

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    A two-step circuit breaker with replaceable current-conducting elements is described. It is designed for a breakjng capacity of 6x109 W (the maximum current is 150 kA) with the 80-100 μs time of current transfer from inductive storage to the load and thermal stability of 1011 A2xs. A pneumatic circuit breaker with replaceable elements is used as the first step, and exploding-wire circuit breaker as the second one. The circuit breaker measures 1650x1360x1495 mm and weighs 1 t

  13. HOW TO MAINTAIN SF6 CIRCUIT BREAKER

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    Snigdha Sharma, Hemant bharadwaj,

    2012-01-01

    India’s growing economy needs an efficient powertransmission system to meet the increasing demand forreliable and affordable power. Circuit breakers play animportant role in protection system of electrical powertransmission networks. A circuit breaker is anautomatically operated electrical switch which detects afault condition and interrupt immediately todiscontinue electrical flow. So its maintenance deservesspecial considerations in order to prevent theequipments an...

  14. Apollo 14 mission circuit breaker anomaly

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    1971-01-01

    Continuity through the circuit breaker in the mechanically closed condition was prevented by a foreign substance on the contact surface onboard Apollo 14. It was concluded that this was the only failure of this type in over 3400 units that were flown, and since no circuit breaker is a single-point failure for crew safety or mission success, no corrective action was taken.

  15. Physics of arcs in circuit breakers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Some typical examples of circuit breakers are shown. Common to all these devices is that an electric arc is formed when the breaker operates which is responsible for the current interruption. The physics of those arcs can be described by the simplest single-fluid model of plasma physics which differs from the set of gas dynamic equations only by the following three terms: radiative energy transfer magnetic force and Joulean heating. These terms describe typical circuit breaker arc phenomena. This is discussed by means of three examples. The first example treats the influence of the radiative energy transfer on the temperature distribution of high-voltage circuit-breaker arcs. The second example is a discussion of the magnetic stability of circuit breaker arcs and the third example is concerned with the problem of flow turbulence produced at the arc boundary. The last effect is closely related to the current interruption process in high-voltage circuit breakers. A semi-empirical description of the turbulent heat exchange leads to a prediction of the breaking capacity for this type of circuit breaker. (author)

  16. hvdc circuit breakers using oscillating current techniques

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    Yamada, N.; Chin, T.H.

    1966-08-01

    Little has been heard of high voltage direct current circuit breakers in recent years, since there has been a trend of opinion which argues that any desired network confirmation can be achieved by multiterminal operation without the necessity for employing circuit breakers. Yet this opinion is not entirely unanimous. A technique for breaking high voltage dc current was developed and experimental circuit breakers operating on these principles have sufficiently good performance characteristics to be used in practice. This technique makes use of oscillations created across the arc discharging electrodes. These techniques are here called oscillating current circuit breaking, to distinguish them clearly from the arc stretching techniques used heretofore in ordinary dc circuit breakers.

  17. Arc modelling in SF6 circuit breakers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The paper presents the work done by an operator, EDF and two manufacturers to improve the physical models and numerical methods used to simulate the behavior of the plasma and cold gas around it in a breaking chamber of the HV SF6 circuit breaker, during the high-current phase. This work concerns flow phenomena, in particular incorporating compressibility and the study of turbulence, the coupling between these flow phenomena and electromagnetic phenomena, and finally, radiation - which plays an essential role in energy transfer during the high-current phase. For this latter aspect, emission but also absorption were proven to play a major role, and the two were introduced into the models. The paper presents the models developed and the results obtained with them for simulation of two circuit breaker mock-ups (a double-pressure circuit breaker mock-up and a self-expanding and rotating arc circuit breaker mock-up). (author)

  18. 30 CFR 77.904 - Identification of circuit breakers.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Identification of circuit breakers. 77.904... COAL MINES Low- and Medium-Voltage Alternating Current Circuits § 77.904 Identification of circuit breakers. Circuit breakers shall be labeled to show which circuits they control unless identification...

  19. Circuit breaker for OHMIC-heating systems

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    A circuit breaker for power amplification in inductive energy storage systems is described using commercially ac breakers in connection with a ''High-Pressure-Breaking-Element'' (HPBE). Dimensioning values for the HPBE are given. Currents up to 30 kA have been interrupted by paralleling 3 HPBEs. With one HPBE a current of 10 kA was switched off producing a voltage of 30 kV

  20. Aging assessment of circuit breakers and relays

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The aging of circuit breakers and relays is important since these devices provide critical services for safety related systems in nuclear plants. Failures of these devices can cause loss of vital functions as well as creating fire hazards. The aging assessments discussed in this paper were sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program. This research is the Phase II effort in which a test program was initiated to investigate and categorize the aging of circuit breakers and relays. The significant elements of the research consisted of the following: determination of current and advanced Inspection, Surveillance and Condition Monitoring (ISCM) Techniques for circuit breakers and relays; laboratory tests, in which new and aged samples of common circuit breakers and relays were tested using these ISCM techniques; in-situ efforts, in which ISCM techniques were performed on equipment in two nuclear plants, and degradation tests, in which ISCM techniques were performed on purposely degraded samples of circuit breakers and relays

  1. 30 CFR 75.904 - Identification of circuit breakers.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Identification of circuit breakers. 75.904 Section 75.904 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR COAL MINE... Alternating Current Circuits § 75.904 Identification of circuit breakers. Circuit breakers shall be marked...

  2. 30 CFR 75.900-1 - Circuit breakers; location.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Circuit breakers; location. 75.900-1 Section 75.900-1 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR COAL MINE SAFETY... Alternating Current Circuits § 75.900-1 Circuit breakers; location. Circuit breakers used to protect...

  3. 30 CFR 75.800-1 - Circuit breakers; location.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Circuit breakers; location. 75.800-1 Section 75.800-1 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR COAL MINE SAFETY... § 75.800-1 Circuit breakers; location. Circuit breakers protecting high-voltage circuits entering...

  4. Switching phenomena in high-voltage circuit breakers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The topics covered in this book include: general problems concerning current interruption, the physical arc model, and miscellaneous types of modern switching apparatus, such as gas circuit breakers, gas-insulated switch-gear, vacuum circuit breakers and high-voltage direct-current circuit breakers

  5. 30 CFR 75.800 - High-voltage circuits; circuit breakers.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false High-voltage circuits; circuit breakers. 75.800... § 75.800 High-voltage circuits; circuit breakers. High-voltage circuits entering the underground area of any coal mine shall be protected by suitable circuit breakers of adequate interrupting...

  6. Circuit breaker operation and potential failure modes during an earthquake

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    This study addresses the effect of a strong-motion earthquake on circuit breaker operation. It focuses on the loss of offsite power (LOSP) transient caused by a strong-motion earthquake at the Zion Nuclear Power Plant. This paper also describes the operator action necessary to prevent core melt if the above circuit breaker failure modes occur simultaneously on three 4.16 KV buses. Numerous circuit breakers important to plant safety, such as circuit breakers to diesel generators and engineered safety systems (ESS), must open and/or close during this transient while strong motion is occurring. Potential seismically-induced circuit-breaker failures modes were uncovered while the study was conducted. These failure modes include: circuit breaker fails to close; circuit breaker trips inadvertently; circuit breaker fails to reclose after trip. The causes of these failure modes include: Relay chatter causes the circuit breaker to trip; Relay chatter causes anti-pumping relays to seal-in which prevents automatic closure of circuit breakers; Load sequencer failures. The incorporation of these failure modes as well as other instrumentation and control failures into a limited scope seismic probabilistic risk assessment is also discussed in this paper

  7. Recent Trend of Vacuum Circuit Breakers

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    Saito, Hitoshi

    The recent trend in the development and the application of Vacuum Circuit Breakers (VCBs) as an environmental friendly equipment for electric power transmission and distribution is described. Using VCB's for circuit breakers and switchgear and extending the range of application of VCB's lead to reduce the usage of SF6 gas, whose global warming potential is approximately 23900 times that of CO2. The rated voltages and interruption currents of VCB's have increased up to 145 kV/40 kA for single break due to the improvement of the electrode materials and structures. Also, SF6 gas free switchgear up to 84 kV using compressed dry air insulation systems have been developed.

  8. Development of large-scale thyristor dc circuit breaker

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    A study for developing a thyristor dc circuit breaker that is applicable to the Tokamak device for engineering feasibility is presented. The design and test of a unit circuit breaker consisting of 4kV-3kA thyristors connected 2 in series and 12 in parallel are described. And based on the results a 50kV-24kA thyristor dc circuit breaker is conceptually designed

  9. Preliminary assessment of superconductor circuit breaker for space applications

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    Circuit breakers utilizing high transition temperature superconductors (HTTSC) offer improved electrical power system control, protection, and reliability for use in space applications. The HTTSC circuit breaker presented here offers all the benefits of a fuse (small size, low weight, and high reliability) as well as the ability of circuit breakers to reapply power. In conjunction with automated system control the HTTSC circuit breaker will allow time delay following opening to permit computer controlled load reduction prior to remake. Deep space facing radiator technology can produce the necessary cooling. Performance parameters, including response times, are modeled using the SPICE computer package

  10. Nanocrystallized cores for ground fault circuit breakers

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    Nanocrystallized cores for ground fault circuit breaker (GFCB) can be manufactured for low exciting fields such as 2 A/m, with a low sensitivity to varied pulsed waveform currents (ΔBdyn/ΔBsin≥0.85) and ΔB>0.1 T. On the basis of an experimental and statistical study, it is shown that these GFCB working features are mainly correlated to the remanent induction Br. The results allow a well-controlled design of compact and reliable GFCB transformers

  11. Nanocrystallized cores for ground fault circuit breakers

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    Waeckerlé, T.; Fraisse, H.; Gautard, D.

    2003-01-01

    Nanocrystallized cores for ground fault circuit breaker (GFCB) can be manufactured for low exciting fields such as 2 A/m, with a low sensitivity to varied pulsed waveform currents (Δ Bdyn/Δ Bsin⩾0.85) and Δ B>0.1 T. On the basis of an experimental and statistical study, it is shown that these GFCB working features are mainly correlated to the remanent induction Br. The results allow a well-controlled design of compact and reliable GFCB transformers.

  12. Breaker Maintenance: Volume 3, Molded-Case circuit breakers

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Modeled-case circuit breakers (MCCBs) provide power and circuit protection in nuclear plant electrical distribution systems. Thus, their proper operation is essential to the safe and reliable operation of plant electrical distribution systems. This guide for both nuclear and non-nuclear power generating facilities will help improve the maintenance and reliability of MCCBs. The authors developed this guide to establish a working-level understanding of hardware performance trends, reliability, and failure modes from which maintenance practices could be specified. The first step in preparing this guide was an in-depth review of available operating experience and failure data, which was obtained from nuclear information sources such as EPRI's Nuclear Maintenance Applications Center. In addition, they evaluated some nonnuclear reliability data. Next, they investigated current industry practices, including a review of manufacturer's recommendations and numerous industry standards. Finally, they used the collective information to develop programmatic recommendations and, where appropriate, detailed inspection and test guidance. This guide offers many recommendations applicable to MCCB maintenance, such as an engineering description of MCCBs and their operation; an overview of reliability and failure data; programmatic recommendations, including inspection and test periodicity; detailed inspection and test guidance; and corrective maintenance recommendations. Supplementary information includes an overview of industry standards, a discussion of regulatory issues, and sample data sheets. An evaluation of operating experience indicates that a maintenance program need not be overly complicated to detect the predominant failure modes associated with MCCBs. Those implementating an MCCB maintenance and testing program, however, must recognize the inherent limitations associated with field-testing of these devices. 42 refs., 17 figs., 7 tabs

  13. Power multiple-action circuit breaker for an inductive storage

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    Description and results of testing a circuit breaker for breaking capacity of approximately 2X109 W with the minimum time of current trasfer from inductive storage to the load of 3.6x10-4 at the voltage of 10 to 20 kV are presented. The circuit breaker employs the principle of arcless commutation when the circuit breaks during an artificial interruption of the current. A high power pneumatically driven commutator is used as the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker contact system contains two groups of basic and auxiliary immobile contacts which form a coaxial system. The circuit breaker has withstood 104 cycles, its thermal stability is 2x1010 A2s

  14. Aging assessment of circuit breakers and relays

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    The aging of circuit breakers and relays is important since these devices provide critical services for safety related systems in nuclear plants. Failures of these devices can cause loss of vital functions as well as creating fire hazards. The aging assessments discussed in this paper were sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program. The research has concentrated on identifying inspection, surveillance and condition monitoring (ISCM) techniques which are useful for detecting age degradation in these devices. Significant elements of the research consisted of the following, laboratory tests, in-situ efforts and degraded parts in a laboratory environment. This includes five types of relays and three types of circuit breakers. Nineteen different ISCM techniques were evaluated. New and aged devices were used to determine the effectiveness of each technique to detect the effects of aging. Aging effects were noted to be significant if they caused failure of the equipment or resulted in some other significant event, such as a fire hazard. The following techniques detected significant aging: visual inspection, infrared thermal measurements, vibration monitoring, pick up voltage, drop out voltage, pole and contact resistance and smoke detection. After the laboratory tests, the techniques which were effective, as well as some which still showed promise, were further evaluated in Duke Power Company's Catawba Nuclear Plant

  15. 30 CFR 75.900-3 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; procedures. 75.900-3 Section 75.900-3 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH... maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures. Circuit breakers protecting low- and medium-voltage alternating... such tests, actuating any of the circuit breaker auxiliaries or control circuits in any manner...

  16. 30 CFR 77.800 - High-voltage circuits; circuit breakers.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false High-voltage circuits; circuit breakers. 77.800... COAL MINES Surface High-Voltage Distribution § 77.800 High-voltage circuits; circuit breakers. High-voltage circuits supplying power to portable or mobile equipment shall be protected by suitable...

  17. NRC Information No. 90-41: Potential failure of General Electric Magne-Blast circuit breakers and AK circuit breakers

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    This information notice is intended to alert addressees to potential safety concerns that may result from failures of GE vertical lift (AM) and horizontal draw-out (AMH) Magne-Blast circuit breakers utilizing ML-13 operating mechanisms to open or close them and AK circuit breakers. The particular breaker failures reported herein were caused by operating problems with prop springs, snap rings and lubricating grease. GE Nuclear Energy has informed the NRC that it is aware of these problems and that GE routinely checks and corrects them if the circuit breakers are serviced at one of the four GE nuclear service centers in the US. However, the NRC is aware that some utilities may have their circuit breakers repaired or serviced at facilities other than the four GE nuclear service centers

  18. Transient Ablation Regime in Circuit Breakers

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    Alexandre, Martin; Jean-Yves, Trepanier; Marcelo, Reggio; Guo, Xueyan

    2007-12-01

    Nozzle wall ablation caused by high temperature electric arcs is studied in the context of high voltage SF6 circuit breakers. The simplified ablation model used in litterature has been updated to take into account the unsteady state of ablation. Ablation rate and velocity are now calculated by a kinetic model using two layers of transition, between the bulk plasma and the ablating wall. The first layer (Knudsen layer), right by the wall, is a kinetic layer of a few mean-free path of thickness. The second layer is collision dominated and makes the transition between the kinetic layer and the plasma bulk. With this new coupled algorithm, it is now possible to calculate the temperature distribution inside the wall, as well as more accurate ablation rates.

  19. 30 CFR 77.900-1 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; procedures. 77.900-1 Section 77.900-1 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH... § 77.900-1 Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures. Circuit breakers... qualified as provided in § 77.103. In performing such tests, the circuit breaker auxiliaries or...

  20. 30 CFR 77.800-1 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; procedures. 77.800-1 Section 77.800-1 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH..., examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures. (a) Circuit breakers and their auxiliary devices... circuit breaker and its auxiliary devices, and such repairs or adjustments as are indicated by such...

  1. 30 CFR 75.601-1 - Short circuit protection; ratings and settings of circuit breakers.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Short circuit protection; ratings and settings of circuit breakers. 75.601-1 Section 75.601-1 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH... Trailing Cables § 75.601-1 Short circuit protection; ratings and settings of circuit breakers....

  2. Calculation and comparison of circuit breaker parameters in Power World Simulator

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    Kuljinder Kaur,; Er. Simerpreet Singh

    2016-01-01

    A circuit breaker has ratings that an engineer uses for their application. These ratings define circuit breaker performance characteristics. A good understanding of Ratings allow the electrical engineer to make a proper comparison of various circuit breaker designs. In this research work, the different ratings of circuit breaker were calculated. The other objective of this work was comparison between ratings of existing circuit breaker and calculated ratings in POWER WORLD SIMU...

  3. Circuit breaker timing tests : Part 1 : Timing tests are a powerful tool for troubleshooting faulty breakers

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    2001-07-01

    The circuits configuration of a power network must change constantly, with various parts of the installation in or out of service at different times. The major circuit interrupters are the disconnect-switch, the interrupter, and the circuit-breaker, which all enable the utility to take sections of the system in or out of service as required. Routine testing (test performed before delivery) of the circuit breaker, commissioning testing (test performed after installation), and periodic testing performed throughout the life of the circuit breaker are necessary to monitor the evolution. The timing test is one of the most important of these tests, and is used to measure the exact instant that the contact changes states, to verify the contacts' discrepancy, and to verify the contacts' travel and speed. The measurements are then compared with the established tolerance limits, and the right course of action can be determined with proper analysis of the results obtained. The most complicated of all power circuit interruption equipment remains the circuit breaker. The main components include the arcing chamber, the insertion resistor, the operating mechanism, and control. The correct closing action and breaking at the required moment is controlled by the circuit breaker, and it is required to execute various operation cycles and achieve fast breaking of short circuit currents. The different interrupting medium are mineral oil, compressed air, and sulfur hexafluoride. The advantages of each medium were briefly discussed. In the case of the oil circuit breaker, the oil is decomposed into gases (70 per cent hydrogen and 20 percent acetylene, and some carbon particles) by the arc, and were the first high voltage breakers. They are designed for fast reclose. The high and very high voltage applications was dominated by the air blast circuit until recently. The two major disadvantages of the air blast circuit breaker are the installation of expensive compression stations

  4. Arc modelling in SF{sub 6} circuit breakers

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    Verite, J.C. [Electricite de France, Clamart (France). Derection des Etudes et Recherches; Boucher, T.; Comte, A. [Electricite de France, Moret sur Loing (France). Direction des Etudes et Recherches; Delalondre, C. [Electricite de France, Chatou (France). Direction des Etudes et Recherches; Robin-Jouan, P.; Serres, E.; Texier, V. [GEC Alsthom, Villeurbanne (France). Direction Technique Haute et Moyenne Tension; Barrault, M.; Chevrier, P.; Fievet, C. [CEA Centre d`Etudes Nucleaires de Grenoble, 38 (France). Merlin Gerin

    1995-06-01

    The paper presents the work done by an operator, EDF and two manufacturers to improve the physical models and numerical methods used to simulate the behavior of the plasma and cold gas around it in a breaking chamber of the HV SF6 circuit breaker, during the high-current phase. This work concerns flow phenomena, in particular incorporating compressibility and the study of turbulence, the coupling between these flow phenomena and electromagnetic phenomena, and finally, radiation - which plays an essential role in energy transfer during the high-current phase. For this latter aspect, emission but also absorption were proven to play a major role, and the two were introduced into the models. The paper presents the models developed and the results obtained with them for simulation of two circuit breaker mock-ups (a double-pressure circuit breaker mock-up and a self-expanding and rotating arc circuit breaker mock-up). (author) 10 refs.

  5. Comprehensive aging assessment of circuit breakers and relays

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    As part of the NRC Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program a comprehensive aging assessment was made of relays and circuit breakers. Relays and circuit breakers are important nuclear power plant equipment which are susceptible to degradation with time. This is a Phase II NPAR report which follows the NPAR strategy. Tests on naturally aged and degraded relays and circuit breakers were performed, in-situ measurements made and current, and improved methods for inspection, surveillance and monitoring (ISM) evaluated. Significant results described in this report were the identification of inspection, surveillance and monitoring methods which provide a higher level of assurance that aging will be detected and mitigated. The potential exists that implementation of the improved methods in nuclear plants would minimize and impact of aging and result in more cost effective maintenance on relays and circuit breakers

  6. Evaluation of generator circuit breaker applications / J.F. Fourie.

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    Fourie, Johannes Frederick

    2010-01-01

    The use of generator circuit breakers in power stations was investigated and evaluated. A feasibility study to determine if the additional capital cost required, when using a generator circuit breaker in a power station could be justified by the advantages it provides. The background to the study is provided through a technology and literature survey. Included in the technology review and the literature study is information on interruption mediums, the historic developments ...

  7. Hybrid HVDC circuit breaker with self-powered gate drives

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    Effah, Francis Boafo; Watson, Alan James; Ji, Chao; Amankwah, Emmanuel K.; Johnson, Christopher Mark; Davidson, Colin; Clare, Jon C.

    2016-01-01

    The ever increasing electric power demand and the advent of renewable energy sources have revived the interest in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) multi-terminal networks. However, the absence of a suitable circuit breaker or fault tolerant VSC station topologies with the required characteristics (such as operating speed) have, until recently, been an obstacle in the development of large scale multi-terminal networks for HVDC. This paper presents a hybrid HVDC circuit breaker concept which...

  8. Development, integration and testing of automated triggering circuit for hybrid DC circuit breaker

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    A novel concept of Hybrid DC circuit breaker having combination of mechanical switch and static switch provides arc-less current commutation into the dump resistor during quench in superconducting magnet operation. The triggering of mechanical and static switches in Hybrid DC breaker can be automatized which can effectively reduce the overall current commutation time of hybrid DC circuit breaker and make the operation independent of opening time of mechanical switch. With this view, a dedicated control circuit (auto-triggering circuit) has been developed which can decide the timing and pulse duration for mechanical switch as well as static switch from the operating parameters. This circuit has been tested with dummy parameters and thereafter integrated with the actual test set up of hybrid DC circuit breaker. This paper deals with the conceptual design of the auto-triggering circuit, its control logic and operation. The test results of Hybrid DC circuit breaker using this circuit have also been discussed. (author)

  9. Programmable Low-Voltage Circuit Breaker and Tester

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    Greenfield, Terry

    2008-01-01

    An instrumentation system that would comprise a remotely controllable and programmable low-voltage circuit breaker plus several electric-circuit-testing subsystems has been conceived, originally for use aboard a spacecraft during all phases of operation from pre-launch testing through launch, ascent, orbit, descent, and landing. The system could also be adapted to similar use aboard aircraft. In comparison with remotely controllable circuit breakers heretofore commercially available, this system would be smaller, less massive, and capable of performing more functions, as needed for aerospace applications.

  10. Mass spectrometry of arcs in SF6 circuit breakers

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    Rüegsegger, W.; Meier, R.; Kneubühl, F. K.; Schötzau, H. J.

    1985-07-01

    Today, SF6 is used to a great extent as insulating and arc-quenching medium in high-voltage gas-blast circuit breakers. The arcing in SF6 during current interruption forms decomposition products. These can influence the arc-quenching properties of the circuit breaker. Furthermore, they can cause corrosion of the circuit breaker housing. In this comprehensive study we present results obtained for the first time from a direct mass spectrometric investigation of the exhaust gases of a high pressure SF6 arc in a model circuit breaker. Our mass spectrometric system consists of a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS) equipped with a molecular beam sampling systems. This device allows us to measure mass spectra of high pressure sources with a time resolution of up to 10,000 spectra per second. We have determined the formation rate of the most abundant decomposition products in a SF6 arc at 1 bar. These products are SF4, CF4, WF6, SOF2, SO2, CS2 S2F2 and HF. The fast detection time inherent to our system permits also the determination of the formation of SF4, which is 0.45 0.50 Vol. %/(kJ/1SF6). In addition, we have studied the influence of water and oxygen impurities which are responsible for the production of highly corrosive HF. Finally, we have considered the influence of the thermal degradation of teflon (P.T.F.E.), which is used as nozzle and insulating material in circuit breakers. On this occasion we have demonstrated that CF4, which exhibits dielectric properties similar to SF6, is the main decomposition product formed from teflon. However, we have found that besides CF4 also excess carbon is formed, which is deposited on insulators of the model circuit breaker. Our time-resolved mass spectra reveal that the CF4 production from teflon is delayed by a few milliseconds with respect to the SF6 dissociation in the arc. This delay can influence the interrupting process of the circuit breaker by changing the plasma composition during the arcing period. Although our

  11. Fast multiple-action circuit breaker with an electrodynamic drive

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    Description and test results of a fast-response circuit breaker of multiplex action with an electrodynamic drive are presented. The circuit breaker contact system consists of a set of membrane-type hollow disk contacts alternating with all-metal disk contacts. The contact system is housed in a pressure-tight casing filled with transformer oil. The tests have shown the total resistance of the contact system to be equal to 6x10-6 Ohm at a compressed gas pressure in the contact system 6x105 Pa. Model tests of the circuit breaker, in the regime close to the nominal one, for the current commutation from inductive storage to the active load have shown the circuit breaker to be steadily commutating the current of 45 kA at the commutation voltage of 20 to 25 kV and current interruption time of 50 to 100 μs. The circuit breaker withstood some 103 cycles of response without replacement of the construction elements

  12. 30 CFR 75.800-4 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; record. 75.800-4 Section 75.800-4 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH... Underground High-Voltage Distribution § 75.800-4 Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers... adjustment of all circuit breakers protecting high-voltage circuits which enter any underground area of...

  13. 30 CFR 77.800-2 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; record. 77.800-2 Section 77.800-2 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH..., examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record. The operator shall maintain a written record of each test, examination, repair, or adjustment of all circuit breakers protecting high-voltage circuits....

  14. Inductive energy storage using high voltage vacuum circuit breakers

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    Controlled thermonuclear fusion experiments currently being planned require large amounts of pulsed energy. Inductive energy storage systems (IES) appear to be attractive for at least two applications in the fusion research program: high beta devices and those employing turbulent heating. The well-known roadblock to successful implementation of IES is the development of a reliable and cost-effective off-switch capable of handling high currents and withstanding high recovery voltages. The University of Texas at Austin has a program to explore the application of conventional vacuum circuit breakers designed for use in AC systems, in conjunction with appropriate counter pulse circuits, as off-switches in inductive energy storage systems. The present paper describes the IES employing vacuum circuit breakers as off-switches. Since the deionization property of these circuit breakers is of great importance to the design and the cost of the counter-pulse circuit, a synthetic test installation to test these breakers has been conceived, designed and is being installed in the Fusion Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. Some design aspects of the facility will be discussed here. Finally, the results of the study on a mathematical model developed and optimized to determine the least cost system which meets both the requirements of an off-switch for IES Systems and the ratings of circuit breakers used in power systems has been discussed. This analysis indicates that the most important factor with respect to the system cost is the derating of the circuit breakers to obtain satisfactory lifetimes

  15. Age-related degradation of Westinghouse 480-volt circuit breakers

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    An aging assessment of Westinghouse DS-series low-voltage air circuit breakers was performed as part of the Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) program. The objectives of this study are to characterize age-related degradation within the breaker assembly and to identify maintenance practices to mitigate their effect. Since this study has been promulgated by the failures of the reactor trip breakers at the McGuire Nuclear Station in July 1987, results relating to the welds in the breaker pole lever welds are also discussed. The design and operation of DS-206 and DS-416 breakers were reviewed. Failure data from various national data bases were analyzed to identify the predominant failure modes, causes, and mechanisms. Additional operating experiences from one nuclear station and two industrial breaker-service companies were obtained to develop aging trends of various subcomponents. The responses of the utilities to the NRC Bulletin 88-01, which discusses the center pole lever welds, were analyzed to assess the final resolution of failures of welds in the reactor trips. Maintenance recommendations, made by the manufacturer to mitigate age-related degradation were reviewed, and recommendations for improving the monitoring of age-related degradation are discussed. As described in Volume 2 of this NUREG, the results from a test program to assess degradation in breaker parts through mechanical cycling are also included. The testing has characterized the cracking of center-pole lever welds, identified monitoring techniques to determine aging in breakers, and provided information to augment existing maintenance programs. Recommendations to improve breaker reliability using effective maintenance, testing, and inspection programs are suggested. 13 refs., 21 figs., 8 tabs

  16. Moisture Sensor for Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)-filled Circuit Breakers

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    Sauers, I.

    2001-04-27

    Measurements at ORNL were made on the Kahn moisture sensor which Doble Engineering wants to evaluate for use in SF{sub 6} circuit breakers. Test conducted at ORNL indicate that vacuum conditions, as might be found in SF{sub 6} circuit breakers prior to filling with SF{sub 6}, could lead to significant changes in calibration, resulting in erroneous readings of moisture content. Similar effects might also be observed in cases where SF{sub 6} byproducts are present, due the reactivity of some of these byproducts with water.

  17. Numaerical simulation of a SF6 circuit-breaker arc

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    The design and the validation of high-voltage circuit breaker require more and more physical models which take into account complex phenomenae. We present here a numerical simulation of an SF6 arc established in a simplified geometry of a circuit breaker prototype. Our study deals specially with the turbulent flow, the boundary conditions of the arc roots on the electrodes, the influence of the electromagnetic strengths and the radiative transfer. The results concern a stationary state with fixed geometry and current intensity (I=2000 A)

  18. 30 CFR 77.809 - Identification of circuit breakers and disconnecting switches.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Identification of circuit breakers and disconnecting switches. 77.809 Section 77.809 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION... circuit breakers and disconnecting switches. Circuit breakers and disconnecting switches shall be...

  19. 30 CFR 75.800-3 - Testing, examination and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures.

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    2010-07-01

    ... High-Voltage Distribution § 75.800-3 Testing, examination and maintenance of circuit breakers; procedures. (a) Circuit breakers and their auxiliary devices protecting underground high-voltage circuits... breakers; procedures. 75.800-3 Section 75.800-3 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH...

  20. 48 CFR 252.225-7038 - Restriction on Acquisition of Air Circuit Breakers.

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    2010-10-01

    ... of Air Circuit Breakers. 252.225-7038 Section 252.225-7038 Federal Acquisition Regulations System... Circuit Breakers. As prescribed in 225.7006-4(b), use the following clause: Restriction on Acquisition of Air Circuit Breakers (JUN 2005) Unless otherwise specified in its offer, the Contractor shall...

  1. 46 CFR 111.30-4 - Circuit breakers removable from the front.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Circuit breakers removable from the front. 111.30-4... ELECTRIC SYSTEMS-GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Switchboards § 111.30-4 Circuit breakers removable from the front. Circuit breakers, when installed on generator or distribution switchboards, must be mounted or arranged...

  2. 30 CFR 75.900-4 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; record. 75.900-4 Section 75.900-4 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH... maintenance of circuit breakers; record. The operator of any coal mine shall maintain a written record of each test, examination, repair, or adjustment of all circuit breakers protecting low- and...

  3. 30 CFR 75.809 - Identification of circuit breakers and disconnecting switches.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Identification of circuit breakers and... High-Voltage Distribution § 75.809 Identification of circuit breakers and disconnecting switches. Circuit breakers and disconnecting switches underground shall be marked for identification....

  4. 48 CFR 252.225-7037 - Evaluation of Offers for Air Circuit Breakers.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Air Circuit Breakers. 252.225-7037 Section 252.225-7037 Federal Acquisition Regulations System DEFENSE... CLAUSES Text of Provisions And Clauses 252.225-7037 Evaluation of Offers for Air Circuit Breakers. As prescribed in 225.7006-4(a), use the following provision: Evaluation of Offers for Air Circuit Breakers...

  5. Some experience with a gas flow model of circuit breaker

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    Čáp, D.; Pelikán, Vladimír; Sedláček, J.

    Plzeň : Západočeská univerzita, 2000, s. 21-26. ISBN 80-7082-718-1 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/00/P083 Keywords : gas flow * self-blast circuit breaker * CFD Subject RIV: JB - Sensors, Measurment, Regulation

  6. Remote control circuit breaker evaluation testing. [for space shuttles

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    Bemko, L. M.

    1974-01-01

    Engineering evaluation tests were performed on several models/types of remote control circuit breakers marketed in an attempt to gain some insight into their potential suitability for use on the space shuttle vehicle. Tests included the measurement of several electrical and operational performance parameters under laboratory ambient, space simulation, acceleration and vibration environmental conditions.

  7. The Solenarc circuit-breaker of high performance level

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    After recalling the breaking principle involved in MV circuit-breakers manufactured by Merlin Gerin, it is showed how Solenarc technique enables specific problems to be solved that are set by the equipment of Eurodif plant at Tricastin and that represent constraints similar to those encountered with protective equipment for power station auxiliaries (high rated currents, long duration overloads, very high short-circuit currents, current breaks without natural passage through zero, etc.)

  8. Thyristor circuit breaker for superconducting magnet protection system

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    A thyristor circuit breaker for switching of power supply of a superconducting magnet at the moment of arising a normal zone is described. The breaker is developed on the basis of a static T1250 thyristor switcher of direct current. The switcher is assembled in the form of movable rack having 500x500x900 mm and 60 kg weight, which permits to easily connect it to any magnetic system. Working current is 1250A, working voltage is up to 1200 V, operation time is 210 μs

  9. Life testing of a low voltage air circuit breaker

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    A DS-416 low voltage air circuit breaker manufactured by Westinghouse was mechanically cycled to identify age-related degradation in the various breaker subcomponents, specifically the power-operated mechanism. This accelerated aging test was performed on one breaker unit for over 36,000 cycles. Three separate pole shafts, one with a 60-degree weld, one with a 120-degree weld, and one with a 180-degree weld in the third pole lever were used to characterize cracking in the welds. In addition, during the testing three different operating mechanisms and several other parts were replaced as they became inoperable. Among the seven welds on the pole shaft, No. 1 and No. 3 were found to be critical ones whose fracture can result in misalignment of the pole levers. This can lead to problems with the operating mechanism, including the burning of coils, excessive wear in certain parts, and overstressed linkages, Furthermore, the limiting service life of a number of subcomponents of the power-operated mechanism, including the operating mechanism itself, were assessed. Based on these findings, suggestions are provided to alleviate the age-related degradation that could occur as a result of normal closing and opening of the breaker contacts during its service life. Also, cause and effect analyses of various age-related degradation in various breaker parts are discussed

  10. Increasing of Switching Abilities of High Voltage Circuit Breakers

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    RUSTEMLI, Sabir

    2015-01-01

    The most effective way of increasing switching abilities of high voltage circuit breakers in energy transmission systems is to influence around zero degree to short circuit currents (Maljkovic Z et al 2000; Gashimov, A.M et al. 2001;Antipov, K.M et al. 1985; Gashimov A.M 1991). For this reason, transformers neutral points should be grounded variously for limitation of asymmetric short circuit currents. But another way for this limitation is grounded of transformers neutral points over non-lin...

  11. Recent development of puffer-type gas circuit breakers

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    The development work and fundamental research achieved 360 kV/420 kV, 40 kA/50 kA circuit breakers. This paper reports that improved understanding of arc interruption and thermodynamic characteristics stimulated efforts to reduce the mechanical energy required in interruption by using the thermal energy of the arc itself. The technique that realized the energy saving materialized in the design to build up the pressure necessary for blasting the arc with the help of the arc itself. This concept is quite similar to that of self extinction in oil circuit breakers. The thermal energy is somehow fed back to the pressure buildup space to help the pressure buildup by mechanical drive

  12. High-voltage direct-current circuit breakers

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    This paper reports that in 1954 the first high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission system was put into operation between Gotland and the mainland of Sweden. Its system voltage and capacity were 100 kV and 20 MW, respectively. Since then many HVDC transmission systems have been planned, constructed, or commissioned in more than 30 places worldwide, and their total capacity is close to 40 GW. Most systems commissioned to date are two-terminal schemes, and HVDC breakers are not yet used in the high-potential main circuit of those systems, because the system is expected to perform well using only converter/inverter control even at a fault stage of the transmission line. However, even in a two-terminal scheme there are not a few merits in using an HVDC breaker when the system has two parallel transmission lines, that is, when it is a double-circuit system

  13. Low-voltage circuit breaker arcs—simulation and measurements

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    As one of the most important electrical components, the low-voltage circuit breaker (LVCB) has been widely used for protection in all types of low-voltage distribution systems. In particular, the low-voltage dc circuit breaker has been arousing great research interest in recent years. In this type of circuit breaker, an air arc is formed in the interrupting process which is a 3D transient arc in a complex chamber geometry with splitter plates. Controlling the arc evolution and the extinction are the most significant problems. This paper reviews published research works referring to LVCB arcs. Based on the working principle, the arcing process is divided into arc commutation, arc motion and arc splitting; we focus our attention on the modelling and measurement of these phases. In addition, previous approaches in papers of the critical physical phenomenon treatment are discussed, such as radiation, metal erosion, wall ablation and turbulence in the air arc. Recommendations for air arc modelling and measurement are presented for further investigation. (topical review)

  14. The plasma circuit breaker in its conducting phase

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    Plasma circuit breakers are being actively studied at the present time as current interrupters and power peaking devices. These devices hold out the promise of creating effective, compact, and cheap sources of pulsed voltage (with pulse leading edges from tens of μsec down to 10 nsec). Such sources would solve problems in several areas of technology, notably pulsed controlled thermonuclear fusion. Here, the authors investigate the problem of penetration of a magnetic field into a plasma connector, which is equivalent to modeling the conducting phase of a plasma circuit breaker in its electron-magnetohydrodynamic (EMHD) stage. They show that the most universal mechanism for field penetration is associated with density gradients; in contrast to a number of previous papers, they find that our qualitative results depend very weakly on the mutual orientation of N and ∇n. They use the real parameters of a plasma in such a circuit breaker to construct a solution that describes a field penetration wave, taking into account anomalous resistance and electron heating

  15. Assessment and modelling of switching technologies for application in HVDC-circuit breakers

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    Lund, Johan

    2011-01-01

    A key element for future DC-grids is a DC circuit breaker that in case of a short circuit fault reliably can turn off a short circuit current. AC circuit breakers are well known components that has been in use for a long time in AC-grids. The AC circuit breaker is designed to interrupt the current at its natural current zero crossings. In DC grids such does not exists, therefore AC breakers can not be directly applied in DC grids. Different concepts and technologies to solve this problem is a...

  16. Study of a fast circuit breaker for high currents

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    The circuit breaker presented here is capable of interrupting a 10kA current within 1μs and then sustain an over voltage of the order of 20kV for a 3mm insulation width. The construction is of the mechanical rupture type in which the replacement of a piece of conductor by an insulator is ensured by means of the explosion of a stoichiometric mixture of hydrogen and oxygen. The current is then transfered into a fuse which finally transfers the energy to the load or opens the circuit

  17. Calculation and comparison of circuit breaker parameters in Power World Simulator

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    Kuljinder Kaur,

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A circuit breaker has ratings that an engineer uses for their application. These ratings define circuit breaker performance characteristics. A good understanding of Ratings allow the electrical engineer to make a proper comparison of various circuit breaker designs. In this research work, the different ratings of circuit breaker were calculated. The other objective of this work was comparison between ratings of existing circuit breaker and calculated ratings in POWER WORLD SIMULATOR. Further, the impact of time delay in circuit breaker was studied. These calculations were performed for rated current of 400 & 630 Amps. The results performed in POWER WORLD SIMULATOR were shown better and information gained from the analysis can be used for proper relay selection, settings, performances and coordination.

  18. An Overview of Dynamic Contact Resistance Measurement of HV Circuit Breakers

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    Bhole, A. A.; Gandhare, W. Z.

    2016-06-01

    With the deregulation of the electrical power industry, utilities and service companies are operating in a changing business environment. High voltage circuit breakers are extremely important for the function of modern electric power supply systems. The need to predict the proper function of circuit breaker grew over the years as the transmission networks expanded. The maintenance of circuit breakers deserves special consideration because of their importance for routine switching and for protection of other equipments. Electric transmission system breakups and equipment destruction can occur if a circuit breaker fails to operate because of a lack of preventive maintenance. Dynamic Contact Resistance Measurement (DCRM) is known as an effective technique for assessing the condition of power circuit breakers contacts and operating mechanism. This paper gives a general review about DCRM. It discusses the practical case studies on use of DCRM for condition assessment of high voltage circuit breakers.

  19. Reliability centered maintenance of power transformers and circuit breakers

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    Purucker, S.L.; Goeltz, R.T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Hemmelman, K.; Price, R. [Bonneville Power Administration, Van Couver, WA (United States)

    1992-08-01

    At the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), we have historically maintained high voltage equipment. Including transformers and power circuit breakers, on a time driven basis. While this has served our needs in the past, newer methods are needed to effectively maintain the power system in future years. Today aging equipment, maintenance backlogs, and budget constraints are a reality. BPA has initiated a research and development project to examine reliability centered maintenance (RCM) as an alternative to time based maintenance on high voltage equipment. Under RCM, the performance of each place of equipment is to be monitored by observing many operating parameters. For example, with circuit breakers we will observe (measure) the trip time, accumulated contact wear using I{sup 2}T, timing of the mechanism, plus several other parameters. Equipment performing below a predetermined level, or equipment having accumulated a large amount of ``usage`` will receive maintenance. The maintenance will restore full performance and preserve an acceptable service life for that piece of equipment. To develop and evaluate RCM concepts, BPA is installing a prototype system at our Alvey Substation on 4 transformers and 25 breakers.

  20. 30 CFR 77.900-2 - Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record.

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    2010-07-01

    ... circuit breakers; record. 77.900-2 Section 77.900-2 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH... § 77.900-2 Testing, examination, and maintenance of circuit breakers; record. The operator shall maintain a written record of each test, examination, repair or adjustment of all circuit...

  1. NRC Information No. 87-41: Failures of certain Brown Boveri Electric circuit breakers

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    On April 20, 1987, Duquesne Light Company, the Beaver Valley Unit 2 licensee, notified the NRC of the failure of a BBE Type 5HK Class IE 4-KV circuit breaker. When the circuit breaker was racked onto the bus and 125-V DC control power was applied to the breaker's control circuit, the closing spring charged and the circuit breaker immediately closed and opened several times before the control power could be turned off. The licensee determined by field testing that the closing coil was not being energized. Another problem with BBE circuit breakers occurred at River Bend and was reported March 6, 1987. On February 6, 1987, with the unit at full power, the Division I diesel generator 4.16-KV output circuit breaker (Gould-Brown Boveri Type 5HK) failed to close during a weekly surveillance test. The licensee's inspection of the output circuit breaker revealed that a mounting bolt had fallen out of the closing spring charging motor, rendering the motor inoperable. Further investigation revealed several other circuit breakers that contained loose or missing charging motor mounting bolts. The licensee also stated that the River Bend circuit breaker preventive maintenance program, which the licensee believes to be in accordance with the vendor's recommendations, did not detect this problem. The licensee believes the root cause of the problem to be insufficient torquing of the charging motor mounting bolts by the vendor

  2. Approaching the Processes in the Generator Circuit Breaker at Disconnection through Sustainability Concepts

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    Carmen A. Bulucea; Nikos E. Mastorakis; Doru A. Nicola; Marc A. Rosen; Cornelia A. Bulucea

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays, the electric connection circuits of power plants (based on fossil fuels as well as renewable sources) entail generator circuit-breakers (GCBs) at the generator terminals, since the presence of that electric equipment offers many advantages related to the sustainability of a power plant. In an alternating current (a.c.) circuit the interruption of a short circuit is performed by the circuit-breaker at the natural passing through zero of the short-circuit current. During the current i...

  3. IE Information No. 87-12: Potential problems with metal clad circuit breakers, General Electric type AKF-2-25

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    This notice is to alert recipients of potential problems with the General Electric Company (GE) AKF-2-25 type circuit breakers failing to fully open on demand. The GE AKF type circuit breakers have been shown to be susceptible to failure as a result of binding within the breaker cam mechanism, unless proper maintenance procedures are developed and followed by individuals trained specifically to service the AKF breaker. Maintenance information is given that should be incorporated into programs for these circuit breakers

  4. Thyristor DC circuit breakers for alcator C-MOD

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    This paper reports on the Alcator C-MOD PF system which requires DC circuit breakers in 5 poloidal field magnets for plasma initiation. Vacuum circuit breakers developed for the Alcator A and Alcator C experiments offered a proven technology but marginal reliability and relatively high maintenance costs. The thick vacuum chamber walls and heavy steel superstructure of Alcator C-MOD make relatively low start-up voltages attractive to limit eddy currents during plasma initiation. Design values and simulations for 3 switches are presented. Switch sections are rated 2 kV maximum interrupting voltage with bipolar current ratings of 50, 25, and 15 kA. A pulse-forming network provides the required 400 μsec turn-off pulse to the SCRs. The design is strongly influenced by the parasitic inductance in bus and circuit components. Time and cost limits precluded the construction of prototypes, so extensive simulation of the circuit was required. Two separate simulation approaches were cross-checked for accuracy and consistency

  5. Age-related degradation of Westinghouse 480-volt circuit breakers

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    After the McGuire event in 1987 relating to failure of the center pole weld in one of its reactor trip breakers, activities were initiated by the NRC to investigate the probable causes. A review of operating experience suggested that the burning of coils, jamming of the operating mechanism, and deterioration of the contacts dominated the breakers failures. Although failures of the pole shaft weld were not included as one of the generic problems, the NRC augmented inspection team had suspected that these welds were substandard which led them to crack prematurely. A DS-416 low voltage air circuit breaker manufactured by Westinghouse was mechanically cycled to identify age-related degradations. This accelerated aging test was conducted for over 36,000 cycles during nine months. Three separate pole shafts, one with a 60 degree weld, one with a 120 degree and one with a 180 degree were used to characterize the cracking in the pole level welds. In addition, three different operating mechanisms and several other parts were replaced as they became inoperable. The testing yielded many useful results. The burning of the closing coils was found to be the effect of binding in the linkages that are connected to this device. Among the seven welds on the pole shaft, number-sign 1 and number-sign 3 were the critical ones which cracked first to cause misalignment of the pole levers, which, in turn, had led to many problems with the operating mechanism including the burning of coils, excessive wear in certain parts, and overstressed linkages. Based on these findings, a maintenance program is suggested to alleviate the age-related degradations that occur due to mechanical cycling of this type of breaker. 3 refs., 39 figs., 7 tabs

  6. Extinction properties of electric arcs in high voltage circuit breakers

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    Ziani, A.; Moulai, H.

    2009-05-01

    This paper is devoted to the development of a 0D model of the electric arc extinction in SF6 high voltage circuit breakers taking into account the thermal radiation of the plasma, in addition to the conduction and convection phenomena. The Stefan-Boltzmann equation is coupled with the heat equation, and both equations are solved simultaneously in order to follow the evolution of the arc voltage and the conductance of the thermal plasma as functions of time. The obtained results are found to be in good agreement with experimental recordings.

  7. Investigation of a circuit breaker for the ASDEX fusion experiment at Garching

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    In fusion experiments electric discharges are produced in the plasma by interrupting high currents in the ohmic heating coils using fast and powerful circuit breakers. Thereby high plasma currents are induced which heat the plasma. Results obtained with a standard circuit breaker capable of interrupting 30 kA at 20 kV are reported here. The lifetime of the breaker contacts is investigated. (orig.)

  8. 48 CFR 225.7006 - Restriction on air circuit breakers for naval vessels.

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    2010-10-01

    ... on air circuit breakers for naval vessels. ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Restriction on air circuit breakers for naval vessels. 225.7006 Section 225.7006 Federal Acquisition Regulations System...

  9. Current sharing between two vacuum circuit breaker units in parallel operation for large direct current interruption

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    The inductive energy storage system (IES system) has been developed for the energy source of a fusion reactor. This paper presents the characteristics of circuit breaker units which will be used for the IES system. A small scale parallel breaking test circuit, in which two vacuum circuit breaker units are used, was constructed. The power source for the circuit was a condenser bank of 730 microfarad. The relation between arc voltage and arc current, and current wave forms in both vacuum valves operated in parallel were observed. Simulation calculation for the small scale circuit was performed. The obtained wave forms were similar to the measured forms. It was found that the current through both breakers was nearly balanced when the difference of breaking time of both breakers was small. Simulation calculation method for large scale parallel breakers was developed. Use of a series inductance of 100 microhenry will save the difference of breaking time. (Kato, T.)

  10. Advances in low-voltage circuit breaker modelling

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    This paper is devoted to the study of electric arc behaviour under the influence of an external magnetic field. This situation is close to that occurring in a low-voltage circuit breaker where an arc, after ignition, is submitted to the magnetic field of the circuit. After a discussion of the literature, we present our contribution. Two different methods are compared to take the magnetic effects into account. Arc displacement in the geometry studied is dealt within a specific development presented in this paper. We show the influence of the nature of the gas on the arc velocity and on possible re-strike using air and an air-PA6 mixture as the plasma gas

  11. A fast circuit breaker for 105A current

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    A fast circuit breaker operated by an electromagnetic command has been realized. It can open very high currents in times in order of a few microseconds. By means of electromagnetic forces, a conductor is sent against rods and thus cut. The current is then transferred onto a fuse placed in parallel. The explosion of the fuse opens the circuit. A simplified set up has permitted to test some performances of the switch. A 240kA current has been opened in 6μs and a 5kV peak voltage simultaneously generated (half-width : 3μs). The transfer of a 130kA current has been realized in a time as small as 2μs

  12. A mechanical arcless dc circuit breaker for a superconducting magnet system

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    Next fusion research experiments plan to use many superconducting magnets. When a quench phenomenon is observed, the current should be interrupted to protect the magnet. Therefore, a dc circuit breaker is necessary. There are four technical situations to be considered for the dc circuit breaker system; (1) high rated current, (2) smaller size breaker, (3) high reliability and (4) no surge voltage during the interruption. The sizer of the breaker is limited by the arc current density of the contacts, and the low current density is better in the circuit breakers. A high rated current also needs the large contacts of the breaker. Here, we introduce a new type of dc circuit breaker system which does not generate an arc plasma between the contacts, equip the high rated current disconnecting switch and a fuse for the failure of the interruption, and use the conventional ac breaker. The switch size of the breaker is almost one hundred times smaller than that of the previous switch. (orig.)

  13. Analysis and full scale test of DC circuit breaker for tokamak device JT-60

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    In recent large Tokamak nuclear fusion devices, the energy stored in inductance has become to be employed in order to ignite and heat plasma. The device for this purpose is operated very frequently for the sake of improving service efficiency. This has led to the necessity to obtain heavy duty, longer life DC circuit breakers. For example, in the critical plasma testing device JT-60, direct current of 92 kA must be broken at about 10 min intervals. The authors succeeded to stabilize vacuum arcs through the investigations on the method to apply a magnetic field in parallel with the arcs. This allowed to drastically increase the life and the breakable current of breakers. Thus they have developed the DC circuit breaker for JT-60 by connecting the breakers of this type in parallel, and have succeeded to break 44 kV-130 kA duty. In this paper, first the power supply circuit for a commutation coil and the DC circuit breaker, and next, the problems and experiments on parallel current sharing are described, and the DC circuit breaker made for trial and its full scale test are reported. The vacuum circuit breaker applying axial magnetic field is ideal. The key to success lies in parallel current sharing, and the unequal opening time for each parallel circuit must be minimized. Further, the balancing action to correct the unbalance in current sharing by employing a saturable reactor can also be expected. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  14. Interactive effects of relay and circuit breaker aging in a safety-related system

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    This paper provides an overview of the results of a program to evaluate the aging of circuit breakers and relays and the effects of that aging on the function of a safety system used in nuclear power plants. The program was performed under the Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission under subcontract to Brookhaven National Laboratory. There were two primary aspects to the program. In the first, the aging and failure modes of relays and circuit breakers were determined by evaluating the construction, design, and materials and the failure data related to nuclear power plant service. In the second, the interactions between a safety system and its relays and circuit breakers were evaluated to determine the effects of relay and circuit breaker aging on the function of the safety system. The aging of relays and circuit breakers was assessed through evaluation of failure data bases, discussions with utility personnel, and evaluation of equipment operating and maintenance manuals. The interaction study was based on an analysis of the safety injection system of a pressurized water reactor. The effects of stresses from the system were analyzed for the tendency to cause deterioration of the relays and circuit breakers in the system. Then the effect of the deterioration of relays and circuit breakers on the functional capability of the safety system was evaluated

  15. Modeling DC-circuit-breakers for long distance electricity transmission

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    Agnihotri, Ashutosh; Ebert, Ute; Hundsdorfer, Willem

    2014-10-01

    Modeling a circuit-breaker is a multiple timescale problem which involves a cascade of physical processes from avalanche phase to streamer, spark and post discharge phase, with a transition phase between each pair of processes. In particular, Jin Zhang and Bert van Heesch at Eindhoven University of Technology investigate now whether the conventional SF6 can be replaced by supercritical nitrogen. We focus on modeling space charge effects, gas heating and secondary electron emission from cathode. We develop a two-dimensional drift-diffusion model for streamers coupled to the Euler equations for the gas to study the related phenomena. We perform simulations to capture thermal shocks and induced pressure waves caused by the electrical breakdown of the surrounding gas. We include heat exchange mechanisms between the electrons/ions and the surrounding gas.

  16. On-line Monitoring System based on Vibration Signal of High Voltage Circuit Breaker

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    Chao Fu; Jing Hao

    2014-01-01

    High voltage circuit breaker is one of the most important switch apparatus in electrical power system. It play a role in the switch control, which can be used to switch the operating mode during normal operation (the equipment run or quit). In order to ensure the normal operation of the grid, it can be removed quickly when a malfunction on the device or circuit. Real-time online monitoring of high voltage circuit breaker can understand the running status, master the operation characteristics ...

  17. Modeling of Thermal Arcs in Molded Case Circuit Breakers in Air

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    Breden, Doug; Mahadevan, Shankar; Raja, Laxminarayan

    2015-09-01

    A general-purpose thermal plasma simulation tool (VizArc) was utilized to model a circuit breaker in atmospheric pressure air. The molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) circuit breaker works by separating two metal contacts when the breaking current is exceeded generating an arc. The self-consistent Lorentz force generated by the current pushes the arc into an array of splitter plates which quench the arc and break the circuit. The arc channel is modeled by coupling the electromagnetic equations with flow governing equations to model a multi-species, single-temperature quasi neutral arc plasma. Conjugate heat transfer to the metal splitter plates and vapor ablation into the gas are included in the model. The opening action of the moving contact armature is simulated dynamically in the simulation. The set of all governing equations and their implementation in the model will be discussed, and then the simulations of the MCCB circuit breaker using the model will be presented.

  18. Automatic recloser circuit breaker integrated with GSM technology for power system notification

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    Lada, M. Y.; Khiar, M. S. A.; Ghani, S. A.; Nawawi, M. R. M.; Rahim, N. H.; Sinar, L. O. M.

    2015-05-01

    Lightning is one type of transient faults that usually cause the circuit breaker in the distribution board trip due to overload current detection. The instant tripping condition in the circuit breakers clears the fault in the system. Unfortunately most circuit breakers system is manually operated. The power line will be effectively re-energized after the clearing fault process is finished. Auto-reclose circuit is used on the transmission line to carry out the duty of supplying quality electrical power to customers. In this project, an automatic reclose circuit breaker for low voltage usage is designed. The product description is the Auto Reclose Circuit Breaker (ARCB) will trip if the current sensor detects high current which exceeds the rated current for the miniature circuit breaker (MCB) used. Then the fault condition will be cleared automatically and return the power line to normal condition. The Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) system will send SMS to the person in charge if the tripping occurs. If the over current occurs in three times, the system will fully trip (open circuit) and at the same time will send an SMS to the person in charge. In this project a 1 A is set as the rated current and any current exceeding a 1 A will cause the system to trip or interrupted. This system also provides an additional notification for user such as the emergency light and warning system.

  19. A circuit breaker fuse system for the Wendelstein VII A ohmic heating circuit

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    The ohmic heating circuit of the W VII A is to be operated in the initial phase of the experiment by means of a HVDC circuit breaker-fuse system satisfying current interrupting requirements of max. 15kA at max. 20kV every 3 minutes. Following on the work of J. Salge et al. a system was developed which consists of two slightly modified power breakers, a fast mechanical safety switch and a liquid-tamped exploding wire. The wire which has to be changed after each current interruption and the liquid (water) are designed as a prefabricated plastic cartridge which is inserted in a solid tube which withstands the explosion pressure and provides electric contact. This arrangement allows replacement times of a few times 10s. Under the given switching conditions the use of a helical wire yields explosion times of 1ms. With the available experimental devices currents of 16kA were interrupted a few hundred times at 22kV. The contacts of the circuit breaker pole thereby have to be replaced after approx. 300 operations. The choice of switchgear is explained, the design of the liquid-tamped fuse discussed and experience in operation reported

  20. Fast circuit breakers for 200 kA currents

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    A circuit breaker operated by mechanical rupture, capable of opening very high currents in times of the order of ten microseconds has been realized. A copper conductor in the form of a T, fragilized at the joint of the arms and the leg, is ruptured by oil under a pressure of 3 kbars. This pressure is obtained by the magnetic forces of a 600 kA current pulse flowing in a coaxial conductor system. Current flowing in an inductive storage coil is transferred onto a fuse in 9 microseconds. The subsequent explosion of the fuse can either open the circuit and absorb all the stored energy or transfer it to any desired load. The switch is sufficiently reisolated to withstand the voltage peak thus created. A 200 kA current has thus been opened in 20 microseconds and a 9 kV overvoltage sustained. The system, because of its inherent symmetry, can be lengthened to obtain any desired current carrying capacity and requires a relatively small command energy

  1. Numerical Simulation of Gas Flow During Arcing Process for 252 kV Puffer Circuit Breakers

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    Wu, Junhui; Wang, Xiaohua; Ma, Zhiying; Rong, Mingzhe; Yan, Jing

    2011-12-01

    A numerical simulation model for 252 kV puffer circuit breaker is constructed, by using a proven commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package, PHOENICS. The model takes into account the moving parts in the circuit breaker, turbulence enhanced momentum and energy transport, radiation transport. The arcing process in a SF6 puffer circuit breaker with two hollow contacts is simulated under different conditions, and the simulation results are verified with experimental results. Through simulation, the pressure, temperature and velocity in the arc quenching chamber can be obtained. The simulation model is also capable of predicting the influence of design parameters variations on breaker performance, and can thus help to reduce the number of short-circuit tests during the design stage.

  2. Numerical Simulation of Gas Flow During Arcing Process for 252 kV Puffer Circuit Breakers

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    A numerical simulation model for 252 kV puffer circuit breaker is constructed, by using a proven commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package, PHOENICS. The model takes into account the moving parts in the circuit breaker, turbulence enhanced momentum and energy transport, radiation transport. The arcing process in a SF6 puffer circuit breaker with two hollow contacts is simulated under different conditions, and the simulation results are verified with experimental results. Through simulation, the pressure, temperature and velocity in the arc quenching chamber can be obtained. The simulation model is also capable of predicting the influence of design parameters variations on breaker performance, and can thus help to reduce the number of short-circuit tests during the design stage. (15th asian conference on electrical discharge)

  3. An aging assessment of relays and circuit breakers and system interactions

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    This report provides an assessment of the aging of circuit breakers and relays which are vital components of the nuclear power plant electrical safety system, and was conducted under the auspices of the NRC Nuclear Aging Research (NPAR) Program. The study included protective, control, and logic relays, and molded-case and metal-clad switchgear circuit breakers. The relay failures were attributable to coil deterioration, changes in dimensions of critical organic components, and changes in characteristics of timing diaphragms from thermal deterioriation. Some of the failure modes will prevent fail-safe operation. The electrical control and mechanical portions of metal-clad switchgear were found to be more failure prone than the main contacts and arc extinguishing systems. Circuit breakers and relays in a PWR safety injection system were evaluated with respect to the aging induced by system operation. The effect of circuit breaker and relay deterioration on the ability of the system to perform its safety functions was also evaluated

  4. Application of thyristor circuit breaker to ohmic heating coil power supply systems

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    New ohmic heating coil power supply systems which can generate high voltage are studied to insure their effective and economical use in nuclear fusion devices. Several systems are conceived by using normal, module, and multi-stage repetition types of thyristor circuit breakers. The operation of these systems are analyzed by digital simulation. It is seen that these thyristor circuit breakers are practical and applicable in ohmic heating coil power supply systems. (author)

  5. CFD Simulation of Transonic Flow in High-Voltage Circuit Breaker

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    Xiangyang Ye; Mahesh Dhotre

    2012-01-01

    A high-voltage circuit breaker is an indispensable piece of equipment in the electric transmission and distribution systems. Transonic flow typically occurs inside breaking chamber during the current interruption, which determines the insulating characteristics of gas. Therefore, accurate compressible flow simulations are required to improve the prediction of the breakdown voltages in various test duties of high-voltage circuit breakers. In this work, investigation of the impact of the solver...

  6. Experimental and theoretical analysis of vacuum circuit breaker prestrike effect on a transformer

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    Popov, M.; Smeets, RPP René; Sluis, van der, B.J.; Herdt, de, H; Declercq, J.

    2009-01-01

    The work presented in this paper deals with the investigation of circuit breaker prestrike effect that occurs during energizing a distribution transformer. An experimental test setup that consists of a supply transformer, a vacuum circuit breaker (VCB), a cable and a test transformer is built, and the prestrikes in the VCB are recorded. The test transformer is a prototype distribution transformer, with installed measuring points along transformer windings in each phase. Voltage oscillations a...

  7. Dedicating Finite Volume Method to Electromagnetic Plasma Modeling: Circuit Breaker Application

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    Rondot, Loïc; Mazauric, Vincent; Delannoy, Yves; Meunier, Gérard

    2009-01-01

    For several applications including strong hydrodynamics constraints (like in a circuit breaker), Finite Element solvers are not suitable for fluid dynamical modeling. For these applications, the coupling between the Computational Fluid Dynamics and the electromagnetism modeling is not easy. In this context, a magnetodynamic formulation is developed using the Finite Volume Method to address specific issues in multiphysics involved in circuit breaker modeling. The principles of Finite Volume Me...

  8. Improving power quality with reliable synchronized switching with spring operated high-voltage circuit-breakers

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    1999-07-01

    This paper describes the design work aiming the achievement of a well defined and stable operating times of the HPL-B circuit-breaker. In the work , computer simulations of the motion of the complete mechanical system were conducted, a basis for optimisation of the opening and closing latches were established, and an overall robust design of the complete circuit-breaker performed as well. The HPL-B type SF6 puffer breakers, available for rated 245 to 800 kV voltages were considered in the work.

  9. Replacement circuit breakers by retrofitting of 7.2 kV 63 kA TCB to VCB development

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    Fuji Electric has maintained the facility of 6.9 kV metal-clad switchgear at Tokai-II Power Station, through periodic inspections since the first operation. Responding to the fact that the maintenance parts of the circuit breaker are becoming exhaustive, we developed two types of vacuum circuit breakers in order to promote the replace for minimal oil circuit breakers (TCB). This paper presents the development process and outline of the retrofitting VCB. (author)

  10. Development of DC solenoid operation type 7.2 kV 63 kA vacuum circuit breaker

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    Fuji Electric has maintained the facility of 6.9 kV metal-clad switchgear at Tokai-II Power Station, through periodic inspections since the first operation. Responding to the fact that the maintenance parts of the circuit breaker are becoming exhaustive, we developed two types of vacuum circuit breakers in order to promote the replace for minimal oil circuit breakers (TCB). This paper presents an overview of the development for DC solenoid operating type VCB, which is adopted for emergency circuit breaker. (author)

  11. Biocompatible circuit-breaker chip for thermal management of biomedical microsystems

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    This paper presents a thermoresponsive micro circuit breaker for biomedical applications specifically targeted at electronic intelligent implants. The circuit breaker is micromachined to have a shape-memory-alloy cantilever actuator as a normally closed temperature-sensitive switch to protect the device of interest from overheating, a critical safety feature for smart implants including those that are electrothermally driven with wireless micro heaters. The device is fabricated in a size of 1.5  ×  2.0  ×  0.46 mm3 using biocompatible materials and a chip-based titanium package, exhibiting a nominal cold-state resistance of 14 Ω. The breaker rapidly enters the full open condition when the chip temperature exceeds 63 °C, temporarily breaking the circuit of interest to lower its temperature until chip temperature drops to 51 °C, at which the breaker closes the circuit to allow current to flow through it again, physically limiting the maximum temperature of the circuit. This functionality is tested in combination with a wireless resonant heater powered by radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation, demonstrating self-regulation of heater temperature. The developed circuit-breaker chip operates in a fully passive manner that removes the need for active sensor and circuitry to achieve temperature regulation in a target device, contributing to the miniaturization of biomedical microsystems including electronic smart implants where thermal management is essential. (paper)

  12. Experiment of explosively actuated DC circuit breaker to protect superconducting magnet on quench

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    The DC circuit breaker to protect superconducting magnet on quench must be reliable to limit the risk of their damage to an acceptable level. The scheme envisioned for TPX tokamak consisted of a traditional breaker connected in series with an explosively actuated breaker (EAB). EAB is partially sacrificed each time its operates but, due to its inherent simplicity, can be shown extremely reliable. Two prototypes of EAB have been tested under conditions which simulate the TPX application on a scale, in order to demonstrate feasibility and to develop a better understanding. (author)

  13. Research on current sharing of paralleled IGBTs in different DC breaker circuit topologies

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available IGBT modules used in series and parallel to satisfy the requirement in high-power DC circuit breakers are often prone to large-current destruction due to current unbalance between paralleled IGBTs. It is of great importance to identify the current unbalance causes and to find a method optimizing the current sharing of paralleled IGBTs. In this paper the current-sharing influencing factors are discussed and verified by simulation. Two possible circuit topologies used in DC circuit breakers are proposed and simulated to see their performance in current sharing. The results show that one of them can provide us with a simple and effective method to achieve good current balancing in the DC circuit breaker application.

  14. IE Information No. 86-62: Potential problems in Westinghouse molded case circuit breakers equipped with a shunt trip

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    On February 6, 1986, an open occurred or was discovered in the shunt trip coil (STC) circuitry which could have resulted in the failure of the associated breaker to trip open on an abnormal voltage condition at the Peach Bottom Reactor. The breaker is identified as an LBB 22250 MW type molded case circuit breaker manufactured by Westinghouse. The breaker is installed in a transfer panel to protect the 120-V 60 Hertz power supply to the reactor protection system (RPS) from undervoltage, overvoltage and under frequency conditions. The STC in series with a contact is activated through a toggle linkage by the breaker's moving main contact arms. The failure of the STC occurred when the contact did not open when the breaker tripped resulting in the overheating of the STC and ultimately in an open circuit in the shunt trip circuit. If the breaker had been subjected to an abnormal voltage condition after reset the open shunt trip circuit would have prevented breaker trip. On January 16 and 24, 1986 the same types of problems were identified in similar breakers at the Peach Bottom Unit 3 plant. On November 9, 1984, Limerick 1 reported an identical failure. It is essential that the STC remain operable to assure the circuit breaker trips in the event of an abnormal voltage condition. Administrative measures have been established to periodically test and verify the operability of the STC at the Peach Bottom and Limerick nuclear power plants

  15. Real Time Monitoring of SF6 Gas Pressure for Optimization Point on Wave Switching of SF6 Circuit Breaker

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    Ashish Maheshwari1 , Sunil Kumar Singla

    2013-01-01

    This paper introduce the real time analysis of sf6 gas pressure for optimizing point on wave switching of sf6 circuit breaker. Circuit Breaker plays an important role in today’s growing Indian economy in power systems. It provides protection to transmission equipment incorporated in transmission networks. SF6 Circuit Breaker is very important equipment in Power Systems which is used for up to 1200 kVbecause of its excellent performance. SF6 Gas plays a vital role to operate the Breaker. Also ...

  16. Study of the cost reduction possibilities on the secondary equipment of SION Vacuum Circuit Breaker from Siemens AG

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    Gil González, Alba

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this Master Thesis is to make a study of the cost reduction possibilities of the secondary equipment of SION Vacuum Circuit Breaker from Siemens AG. The secondary equipment of a circuit breaker consists of several auxiliary devices –usually electronic- which are necessary for operating and controlling the breaker. Regarding the most important requirements for the new M3 price driven market which are Price reduction and Standard technology, a study on the current situation and...

  17. Study of SLF Interruption that led the Development of SF6 Circuit Breaker

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    Ushio, Tsunero; Ito, Toshio; Mori, Fusao

    In 1953, the study committee on restriking voltage was organized by Electric Technology Research Association of Japan. The result of researches made by the committee was reported in 1956 CIGRE. The report pointed out the case of severe restriking voltage which is realized at some occasion of transmission line fault. That phenomenon was not so seriously noticed by the contemporary engineering circle, but a few years later, it was keenly discussed and recognized as “kilometric fault" or “short line fault" (SLF). Authors carried out intensive studies on the arc dynamics around current zero and had realized demerit of air blast circuit breakers and excellence of SF6 gas circuit breakers in case of SLF. This conclusion led to the development of original gas circuit breakers, and finally to the best and most reliable puffer type GCB, at that time. That was a big step to the age of SF6.

  18. Analysis of cold flow reestablishment time in a circuit breaker nozzle

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    Leone, S. A.; Nagamatsu, H. T.

    1983-01-01

    The deblocking process in a circuit breaker nozzle is similar to the flow starting process in a shock tunnel, and the computer uses this analogy to solve for the deblocking process by utilizing a diaphragm at the throat of a nozzle. At time equal to zero the diaphragm is broken and the throat area increases with time. It is a rarity to have the area as a function of both time and distance. Experimental data obtained from the RPI calibration shock tunnel are utilized to verify some of the calculated results with the area being a function of distance and the agreement is found to be good. The circuit breaker designer can utilize the computer simulation to estimate the deblocking time, an important parameter in the design of circuit breakers.

  19. CFD Simulation of Transonic Flow in High-Voltage Circuit Breaker

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    Xiangyang Ye

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A high-voltage circuit breaker is an indispensable piece of equipment in the electric transmission and distribution systems. Transonic flow typically occurs inside breaking chamber during the current interruption, which determines the insulating characteristics of gas. Therefore, accurate compressible flow simulations are required to improve the prediction of the breakdown voltages in various test duties of high-voltage circuit breakers. In this work, investigation of the impact of the solvers on the prediction capability of the breakdown voltages in capacitive switching is presented. For this purpose, a number of compressible nozzle flow validation cases have been presented. The investigation is then further extended for a real high-voltage circuit breaker geometry. The correlation between the flow prediction accuracy and the breakdown voltage prediction capability is identified.

  20. Approaching the Processes in the Generator Circuit Breaker at Disconnection through Sustainability Concepts

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    Carmen A. Bulucea

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, the electric connection circuits of power plants (based on fossil fuels as well as renewable sources entail generator circuit-breakers (GCBs at the generator terminals, since the presence of that electric equipment offers many advantages related to the sustainability of a power plant. In an alternating current (a.c. circuit the interruption of a short circuit is performed by the circuit-breaker at the natural passing through zero of the short-circuit current. During the current interruption, an electric arc is generated between the opened contacts of the circuit-breaker. This arc must be cooled and extinguished in a controlled way. Since the synchronous generator stator can flow via highly asymmetrical short-circuit currents, the phenomena which occur in the case of short-circuit currents interruption determine the main stresses of the generator circuit-breaker; the current interruption requirements of a GCB are significantly higher than for the distribution network circuit breakers. For shedding light on the proper moment when the generator circuit-breaker must operate, using the space phasor of the short-circuit currents, the time expression to the first zero passing of the short-circuit current is determined. Here, the manner is investigated in which various factors influence the delay of the zero passing of the short-circuit current. It is shown that the delay time is influenced by the synchronous machine parameters and by the load conditions which precede the short-circuit. Numerical simulations were conducted of the asymmetrical currents in the case of the sudden three-phase short circuit at the terminals of synchronous generators. Further in this study it is emphasized that although the phenomena produced in the electric arc at the terminals of the circuit-breaker are complicated and not completely explained, the concept of exergy is useful in understanding the physical phenomena. The article points out that just after the short-circuit

  1. Simulation of SLF Interrupting Performance for CO2 Gas Circuit Breaker based on Serially Connected 3 Arc Models

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    Koshizuka, Tadashi; Udagawa, Keisuke; Shinkai, Takeshi; Uchii, Toshiyuki; Kawano, Hiromichi

    This paper shows the simulation of SLF interrupting performances for CO2 gas circuit breakers. In the SLF interruption tests using 72kV-CO2 gas model circuit breakers, very large post arc currents were measured. This point is obviously difference between CO2 circuit breaker and SF6 one. To simulate the SLF interrupting performances for the SF6 gas circuit breakers, serially connected 3 arc models were developed. In the arc model, Cassie arc model and two Mayr arc models were serially connected. It was tried to use the arc model to simulate the SLF interrupting performances for CO2 circuit breaker. As a result, it was good agreement with the measurements and simulations. The large post arc currents could be simulated by the arc model. It was shown that the SLF interrupting performance of the CO2 circuit breaker was dependent on the Mayr model simulated around voltage extinction peak. On the other hand, the performance of the SF6 gas circuit breaker was dependent on the Mayr model simulated around current zero. From the result, it proved that most severe SLF condition for the CO2 gas circuit breaker was L75 or L80.

  2. Thermal and Electrodynamic Risk of Residual Current Devices in the Case of Back-Up Protection by Overcurrent Circuit Breakers

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    Stanisław Czapp

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Residual current operated circuit breakers without integral overcurrent protection should be back-up protected. As back-up protection devices, overcurrent circuit breakers are used. The maximum let-through energy and let-through current of the overcurrent devices were evaluated under laboratory conditions. The thermal and electrodynamic risk of residual current devices was analyzed.

  3. Moisture Sensor for Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)-filled Circuit Breakers; FINAL

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    Measurements at ORNL were made on the Kahn moisture sensor which Doble Engineering wants to evaluate for use in SF(sub 6) circuit breakers. Test conducted at ORNL indicate that vacuum conditions, as might be found in SF(sub 6) circuit breakers prior to filling with SF(sub 6), could lead to significant changes in calibration, resulting in erroneous readings of moisture content. Similar effects might also be observed in cases where SF(sub 6) byproducts are present, due the reactivity of some of these byproducts with water

  4. Pressure and Arc Voltage Measurement in a 252 kV SF6 Puffer Circuit Breaker

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    Zhong, Jianying; Guo, Yujing; Zhang, Hao

    2016-05-01

    The pressure distribution in an arcing chamber is critically important for the SF6 puffer circuit breaker design. In this paper, the pressure variation of four locations in the nozzle was measured by piezoresistive and fiber optical pressure sensors at two current levels of 10 kA and 50 kA. An arc voltage measurement was also taken. The results demonstrate that using either type of sensor with a connecting tube is able to detect the fast pressure variation in circuit breakers, however the possible distortion and delay to the pressure transient caused by the tube need further study.

  5. Numerical simulation for arc-plasma dynamics during contact opening process in electrical circuit-breakers

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    Gupta, D. N.; Patil, G. N.; Srinivas, D.; Kale, S. S.; Potnis, S. B.

    2010-02-01

    The high-energy, high-current thermal plasma that develops between electric contacts in a gas circuit-breaker during circuit interruption is an important phenomenon in the power transmission industry. The high temperature and pressure arc dissipates the tremendous amount of energy generated by the fault current. Simultaneously, this energy has to be transferred away from the contacts to build the dielectric strength level of the circuit-breaker. In order to interrupt the current, the arc must be weakened and finally extinguished. We model these phenomena by using a computer software code based on the solution of the unsteady Euler equations of gas dynamics. We consider the equations of fluid flows. These equations are solved numerically in complex circuit breaker geometries using a finite-volume method. The domain is initially filled with SF6 gas. We begin our simulations from cold mode, where the fault current is not present (hence no arc). An axis-symmetric geometry of a 145 kV gas circuit-breaker is considered to study the pressure, density, and temperature profile during contact opening process.

  6. HARDWARE IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLID STATE CIRCUIT BREAKER IN MULTI BUS SYSTEM USING MOSFET

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    A.KALAI MURUGAN

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes about the implementation of Solid State Circuit Breaker in power system using MOSFET. The high power semiconductor switches can be used to separate the faulty portions from the rest of the power system in case of abnormal conditions. The Solid State Circuit Breaker is a topology made in the form of module, can protect power system and its components from faults. Existing mechanical circuit breakers are based on the principle of magnetically latching a pair of mechanical contacts shrouded by an arc chute for arc extinction. Very often unnecessary tripping results from a phenomenon known as, “rapid rise” which subsequently results in the demand for frequent maintenance. Due to the long turn-off delay of the present mechanical circuit breaker, significant voltage sag is experienced in the grid which affects the sensible loads. The distortions caused by the three phase short circuit can be reduced to 100 µs in the system with SSCB, in contrast to 100 ms achieved by the present technology and hence it improves the power quality. The SSCB uses high power anti parallel switches to carry bidirectional current. The load voltage is sensed and it is used to turn on and turn off the SSCB. The Eight bus system with SSCB is modeled and simulated using Matlab/Simulink. The hardware model is developed for implementation of SSCB using MOSFETand it is tested in the laboratory.

  7. On-line Monitoring System based on Vibration Signal of High Voltage Circuit Breaker

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    Chao Fu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available High voltage circuit breaker is one of the most important switch apparatus in electrical power system. It play a role in the switch control, which can be used to switch the operating mode during normal operation (the equipment run or quit. In order to ensure the normal operation of the grid, it can be removed quickly when a malfunction on the device or circuit. Real-time online monitoring of high voltage circuit breaker can understand the running status, master the operation characteristics and its tend of development. As early as possible find the potential faults then take preventive measures timely, so as to ensure the reliable operation of power system. Online monitoring of high voltage circuit breakers can reduce the premature or unnecessary maintenance and maintenance cost, improve pertinence of the maintenance firstly. Secondly, it can improve the life of the switching device and improve the reliability of electric power system significantly. In this paper, on-line monitoring system based on vibration signal of high voltage circuit breaker is presented

  8. Numerical simulation for arc-plasma dynamics during contact opening process in electrical circuit-breakers

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    The high-energy, high-current thermal plasma that develops between electric contacts in a gas circuit-breaker during circuit interruption is an important phenomenon in the power transmission industry. The high temperature and pressure arc dissipates the tremendous amount of energy generated by the fault current. Simultaneously, this energy has to be transferred away from the contacts to build the dielectric strength level of the circuit-breaker. In order to interrupt the current, the arc must be weakened and finally extinguished. We model these phenomena by using a computer software code based on the solution of the unsteady Euler equations of gas dynamics. We consider the equations of fluid flows. These equations are solved numerically in complex circuit breaker geometries using a finite-volume method. The domain is initially filled with SF6 gas. We begin our simulations from cold mode, where the fault current is not present (hence no arc). An axis-symmetric geometry of a 145 kV gas circuit-breaker is considered to study the pressure, density, and temperature profile during contact opening process.

  9. A 7.2kV, 63kA large-capacity, SF6-gas circuit breaker

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    Mitsubishi Electric has developed an SF6-gas circuit breaker with a rated voltage of 7.2 kV and a rated interrupting current of 63 kA that offers the maximum capacity of circuit breakers for station service use in auxiliary equipment for nuclear- and thermal-power plants. The article reports on the construction features and performance achieved with this breaker. Housed in a metal-clad cubicle, this breaker displays many excellent features, including size reduction, higher reliability, and greater safety by employing a puffer-type, arc-extinguishing chamber, a column-enclosed grounded metallic tank, and a spring-operated mechanism. (author)

  10. Research on The Mechanical State Parameter Extraction Method of High Voltage Circuit Breakers

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    Yang Tianxu

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available High voltage circuit breakers play an important role in the power system. So it is necessary to implement the state detection of breakers in order to ensure stable and reliable running of the grid. The purpose of state detection is to provide reliable basis of maintenance by extracting mechanical state parameters accurately. This paper mainly focuses on the coil current signal feature extraction algorithm. To settle the problem of too much noise mixed with the current signal and signal distortion, the discrete wavelet transform algorithm is used to extract the coil current signal parameters. This paper also designs the FIR filter to extract stroke and speed parameters from travel-time waveform. The experiments show that the difference between the theoretical results and test results processed by the method in this paper is very small and the test results are able to accurately reflect operation states and mechanical features of high voltage circuit breakers.

  11. Ohmic heating coil power supply using thyristor circuit breaker in a thermonuclear fusion device

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    In a large scale Tokamak thermonuclear fusion device such as the critical plasma testing facility (JT60) presently under construction, mechanical breakers such as vacuum and air breakers are mostly used for interrupting DC heavy current which is supplied to the ohmic heating coils of inductive energy accumulation method. The practical use of the DC breakers employing thyristors has just been started because the history of thyristor development is short and thristors are still expensive, in spite of the advantages. In this paper, the circuit is investigated in which the excellent high speed controllability of thyristors is fully utilized, while the economy is taken into accout, and the experiment carried out with a unit model is described. It was found that a thyristor switch, which was constructed by connecting the high speed thyristors of peak off-state voltage rating 2,000 V and mean current rating 500 A in direct parallel, was able to interrupt 12.7 kA current in the power supply circuit of ohmic heating coils developed this time. In addition, the switch configuration was able to be greatly simplified. When the multistage raising of plasma current is required, the raise can be performed with a single thyristor breaker because it can make high speed control. Therefore, the capacity of the breaker can be doubly and drastically reduced. Also, if current unbalance might occur between thyristor switch units, it gives no problem since the time of reverse voltage after current interruption dispersed smaller as current increased. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  12. Circuit-Breakers: Technical Terminology Bulletin. Terminotech, Vol. 1, No. 3.

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    General Electric Co. of Canada, Ltd., Montreal, Quebec.

    This issue of a bulletin of technological terminology is devoted to circuit breakers. A brief narrative on the subject is presented in both French and English. An English-French dictionary of terms comprises the bulk of the document. Explanatory illustrations are appended. (JB)

  13. The Implications of the Use of Parental Choice as a Legal "Circuit Breaker"

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    Mead, Julie F.; Lewis, Maria M.

    2016-01-01

    This study explores four instances where parental choice has been employed as a legal "circuit breaker": (a) First Amendment Establishment Clause cases related to public funding, (b) Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection cases regarding race-conscious student assignment, (c) Title IX regulations concerning single-sex education, and (d) a…

  14. Comprehensive aging assessment of circuit breakers and relays for Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program Phase II

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    The Phase I study - NUREG/CR-4715, BNL-NUREG-52017 AN,RV, An Aging Assessment Of Relays And Circuit Breakers And System Interactions, identified relays and circuit breakers used in nuclear plants, failure mechanisms of these relays and circuit breakers, that some failure mechanisms are age related, and that failure of safety systems is possible from relays and circuit breaker failures if adequate maintenance and testing are not performed. It also proposed some potential inspection, surveillance and condition monitoring methods to detect significant aging methods prior to loss of safety function. The objectives of Phase II are to: (1) identify and characterize aging and service wear effects of circuit breakers and relays which, if unchecked, could impair plant safety; (2) identify and develop methods of inspection, surveillance, and condition monitoring, and of evaluating residual life of circuit breakers and relays, which will assure timely detection of significant aging effects prior to loss of safety function; (3) evaluate the effectiveness of storage, maintenance, repair and replacement practices in mitigating the rate and extent of degradation in circuit breakers and relays caused by aging and service wear. The research results will be utilized to identify inspection, surveillance and condition monitoring needs, define inspection intervals, provide service life parameter limits and service life prediction methodology

  15. 6.9-kV, 63-KA metal-clad switchgear with vacuum circuit breakers for nuclear power plants

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    The technological advancement for larger capacities of vacuum circuit breakers in recent years has truly been prominent. Based on data of a series of in-house tests made so far and on performance in the field, Toshiba Corporation has developed a metal-clad switchgear with vacuum circuit breakers for nuclear power plants. Metal-clad switchgears for nuclear power plants are strongly required to have high reliability and large capacities. This paper describes results of a series of reliability tests made on the vacuum circuit breaker and resistance to earthquakes of the metal-clad switchgear required for use in a nuclear power plant

  16. Metal-clad switchgear with large capacity vacuum circuit breaker in two-tier arrangement for nuclear power plants

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    Accompanying the increase of main machinery capacity in nuclear power stations, the short-circuit capacity for 6.9 kV in-house auxiliary machinery circuit has increased, and a 63 kA circuit breaker has become necessary. Although magnetic breakers have been used as large capacity breakers so far, vacuum breakers which are more suitable for the recent environmental conditions of power stations have become employed. Hitachi Ltd. has developed the metal-clad switchboard with vacuum breakers of 7.2 kV, 1,200 to 3,000 A, and breaking current of 63 kA in two-tier arrangement. The main features of this breaker are small size, light weight, long life, labour-saving in maintenance and inspection, simple construction, easy handling, high reliability and safety. In addition, in this paper, the construction of the breaker and switchboard, aseismic property, and test results are described. The tests include the withstand voltage test, elevated temperature test, short period current test, short-circuit test, low current breaking test, continuous on-off test, on-off surge combination test and short-circuit breaking test under the condition of vacuum failure in one phase. The aseismic property is guaranteed by analyzing the vibration characteristics and the strength using computer-aided finite element method so that the performance required is satisfied. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  17. Comprehensive aging assessment of circuit breakers and relays for nuclear plant aging research (NPAR) program Phase 2

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    This paper discusses the research being sponsored by the Office of Regulatory Research, Nuclear Regulatory Commission as part of the Nuclear Plant Aging Research (NPAR) Program. It reports on the Phase 2 tasks which are to resolve technical safety issues related to the aging degradation of circuit breakers and relays. The objectives of Phase 2 are to: (1) identify and characterize aging and service wear effects of circuit breakers and relays which, if unchecked, could impair plant safety; (2) identify and develop methods of inspection, surveillance, and condition monitoring, and of evaluating residual life of circuit breakers and relays, which will assure timely detection of significant aging effects prior to loss of safety function; (3) evaluate the effectiveness of storage, maintenance, repair and replacement practices in mitigating the rate and extent of degradation in circuit breakers and relays caused by aging and service wear

  18. NRC Information No. 89-86: Type HK circuit breakers missing close latch anti-shock springs

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    During the recent refueling outage at Fermi Unit 2, the licensee inspected both safety-related and non-safety-related Type HK circuit breakers. The close latch anti-shock springs were observed to be missing in approximately 40 safety-related Type HK circuit breakers that had been manufactured outside of the previously identified timeframes. (The identified circuit breakers were manufactured in 1974.) Thus, the timeframes previously identified by the manufacturer (prior to 1973 and from June 1975 to June 1977) may not be totally inclusive. In addition, because of changes in corporate name, mergers, etc., Type HK circuit breakers may indicate manufacture by ITE, ITE Imperial, Gould, Brown Boveri, or a combination thereof. The current name of the manufacturer is ASEA Brown Boveri. Recipients may need to be cognizant of this when determining whether they utilize potentially affected equipment

  19. Mechanical Fault Diagnosis for HV Circuit Breakers Based on Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition Energy Entropy and Support Vector Machine

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    Jianfeng Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available During the operation process of the high voltage circuit breaker, the changes of vibration signals can reflect the machinery states of the circuit breaker. The extraction of the vibration signal feature will directly influence the accuracy and practicability of fault diagnosis. This paper presents an extraction method based on ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD. Firstly, the original vibration signals are decomposed into a finite number of stationary intrinsic mode functions (IMFs. Secondly, calculating the envelope of each IMF and separating the envelope by equal-time segment and then forming equal-time segment energy entropy to reflect the change of vibration signal are performed. At last, the energy entropies could serve as input vectors of support vector machine (SVM to identify the working state and fault pattern of the circuit breaker. Practical examples show that this diagnosis approach can identify effectively fault patterns of HV circuit breaker.

  20. Mechanical Fault Diagnosis for HV Circuit Breakers Based on Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition Energy Entropy and Support Vector Machine

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    Jianfeng Zhang; Mingliang Liu; Keqi Wang; Laijun Sun

    2015-01-01

    During the operation process of the high voltage circuit breaker, the changes of vibration signals can reflect the machinery states of the circuit breaker. The extraction of the vibration signal feature will directly influence the accuracy and practicability of fault diagnosis. This paper presents an extraction method based on ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD). Firstly, the original vibration signals are decomposed into a finite number of stationary intrinsic mode functions (IMFs)....

  1. Self-consistent radiation-based simulation of electric arcs: II. Application to gas circuit breakers

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    Iordanidis, A. A.; Franck, C. M.

    2008-07-01

    An accurate and robust method for radiative heat transfer simulation for arc applications was presented in the previous paper (part I). In this paper a self-consistent mathematical model based on computational fluid dynamics and a rigorous radiative heat transfer model is described. The model is applied to simulate switching arcs in high voltage gas circuit breakers. The accuracy of the model is proven by comparison with experimental data for all arc modes. The ablation-controlled arc model is used to simulate high current PTFE arcs burning in cylindrical tubes. Model accuracy for the lower current arcs is evaluated using experimental data on the axially blown SF6 arc in steady state and arc resistance measurements close to current zero. The complete switching process with the arc going through all three phases is also simulated and compared with the experimental data from an industrial circuit breaker switching test.

  2. Transient simulation of nozzle geometry change during ablation in high-voltage circuit breakers

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    Arabi, Sina; Trépanier, Jean-Yves; Camarero, Ricardo

    2015-02-01

    In high voltage circuit breakers, radiated heat from the electric arc is strongly absorbed by surrounding poly-tetra-fluro-ethylene (PTFE) parts and causes them to reach their vaporization temperature and ablate. Ablation deforms the PTFE parts, widens the throat and hence, changes the nozzle geometry. This paper presents a physical model coupling plasma flow simulation with erosion and movement of the PTFE walls to study this phenomena. The model is first applied and validated on a segmented tube case and on a model SF6 circuit breaker for which the experimental data is available. Then, the model is used to investigate the effect of the surface ablation on the nozzle geometry in a long-operation time.

  3. Transient simulation of nozzle geometry change during ablation in high-voltage circuit breakers

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    In high voltage circuit breakers, radiated heat from the electric arc is strongly absorbed by surrounding poly-tetra-fluro-ethylene (PTFE) parts and causes them to reach their vaporization temperature and ablate. Ablation deforms the PTFE parts, widens the throat and hence, changes the nozzle geometry. This paper presents a physical model coupling plasma flow simulation with erosion and movement of the PTFE walls to study this phenomena. The model is first applied and validated on a segmented tube case and on a model SF6 circuit breaker for which the experimental data is available. Then, the model is used to investigate the effect of the surface ablation on the nozzle geometry in a long-operation time. (paper)

  4. Self-consistent radiation-based simulation of electric arcs: II. Application to gas circuit breakers

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    An accurate and robust method for radiative heat transfer simulation for arc applications was presented in the previous paper (part I). In this paper a self-consistent mathematical model based on computational fluid dynamics and a rigorous radiative heat transfer model is described. The model is applied to simulate switching arcs in high voltage gas circuit breakers. The accuracy of the model is proven by comparison with experimental data for all arc modes. The ablation-controlled arc model is used to simulate high current PTFE arcs burning in cylindrical tubes. Model accuracy for the lower current arcs is evaluated using experimental data on the axially blown SF6 arc in steady state and arc resistance measurements close to current zero. The complete switching process with the arc going through all three phases is also simulated and compared with the experimental data from an industrial circuit breaker switching test

  5. Thermal radiation effect on the extinction properties of electric arcs in HV circuit breakers

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    Ziani Abderrahmane

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available During the formation of the electric arc at the opening of a high voltage circuit breaker, the generated plasma will be the seat of a very important thermal exchange. Models founded only on conduction and convection thermal transfers don't reproduce the whole thermal exchanges that are governing the extinction process. This paper is devoted to the development of a model of the electric arc extinction in a high voltage circuit breaker taking in account the thermal radiation of the plasma, in addition to the conduction and convection phenomena. The Stefan-Boltzman equation is coupled with the heat equation, and both equations are solved simultaneously in order to follow the evolution of the arc voltage and the conductance of the thermal plasma. The obtained results are found in good agreement with experimental recordings.

  6. Research on the overload protection reliability of moulded case circuit-breakers and its test device

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    LI Kui; LU Jian-guo; WU Yi; QIN Zhi-jun; YAO Dong-mei

    2007-01-01

    This paper analyzed the reliability and put forward the reliability index of overload protection for moulded case circuit breaker. The success rate was adopted as its reliability index of overload protection. Based on the reliability index and the reliability level, the reliability examination plan was analyzed and a test device for the overload protection of moulded case circuit-breaker was developed. In the reliability test of overload protection, two power sources were used, which reduced the time of conversion and regulation between two different test currents in the overload protection test, which made the characteristic test more accurate. The test device was designed on the base of a Windows system, which made its operation simple and friendly.

  7. Effect of Circuit Breaker Shunt Resistance on Chaotic Ferroresonance in Voltage Transformer

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    RADMANESH, H.

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Ferroresonance or nonlinear resonance is a complex electrical phenomenon, which may cause over voltages and over currents in the electrical power system which endangers the system reliability and continuous safe operating. This paper studies the effect of circuit breaker shunt resistance on the control of chaotic ferroresonance in a voltage transformer. It is expected that this resistance generally can cause ferroresonance dropout. For confirmation this aspect Simulation has been done on a one phase voltage transformer rated 100VA, 275kV. The magnetization characteristic of the transformer is modeled by a single-value two-term polynomial with q=7. The simulation results reveal that considering the shunt resistance on the circuit breaker, exhibits a great mitigating effect on ferroresonance over voltages. Significant effect on the onset of chaos, the range of parameter values that may lead to chaos along with ferroresonance voltages has been obtained and presented.

  8. Dynamic analysis and design of a high voltage circuit breaker with spring operating mechanism

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    Spring Operating Mechanism (SOM) is a dynamic system to open and close the circuit breaker in a voltage controlling system. For a high-speed action of opening and closing within a few mili-seconds, a SOM consists of many links, joints, chains, and cams. Thus, various dynamic characteristics are occurred, especially large contact forces between the cam and the roller, the shaft and the stopper. To save time and money for a new design of SOM system, analysis of the mechanism is necessary. In this paper, a multibody dynamic analysis and test technique was applied for a SOM to predict, estimate and validate forces occurring during the operation. For the multibody dynamic analysis, the ADAMS program was employed for 145kV circuit breaker with a SOM. For an accurate modeling, several components were sequentially added and the reliability of modeling was validated through the comparison with test data of opening and closing

  9. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot carbon dioxide for gas circuit breaker applications

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    Sun, Hao; Rong, Mingzhe; Wu, Yi; Chen, Zhexin; Yang, Fei; Murphy, Anthony B.; Zhang, Hantian

    2015-02-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas is widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, but due to its high global warming potential, substitutes are being sought. CO2 has been investigated as a candidate based on its arc interruption performance. The hot gas in the circuit breaker after current zero, with a complicated species composition caused by the dissociation and many other reactions, will lead to the electrical breakdown, which is one of the major concerns in assessing the arc interruption performance. Despite this, little research has been reported on the dielectric strength of hot CO2. In this paper, the dielectric properties of hot CO2 related to the dielectric recovery phase of the circuit breaker were investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 4000 K and in the pressure range from 0.01 to 1.0 MPa. Under the assumptions of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) and local chemical equilibrium (LCE), the equilibrium compositions of hot CO2 were obtained based on Gibbs free energy minimization. The cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of CO2 was determined by balancing electron generation and loss. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) derived from the two-term Boltzmann transport equation. The result indicates that unlike SF6 or air, in hot CO2 the reduced critical electric field strength does not change monotonically with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 300 to 4000 K. CO2 has a superior dielectric strength to pure SF6 above 2500 K at 0.5 MPa, which means it has the potential to improve the interruption performance of the circuit breakers, while reducing the global warming effect. Good agreement was found with published experimental results and calculations for CO2 at room temperature, and with previous calculations for hot CO2.

  10. A Novel Approach to Power Circuit Breaker Design for Replacement of SF6

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    D. J. Telfer; Spencer, J. W.; Jones, G. R.; J. E. Humphries

    2004-01-01

    This contribution explores the role of PTFE ablation in enhancing current interruption for various background gases in high voltage circuit breakers. An assessment of the current interruption capability has been made in terms of the arcing duration and the contact gap length at which critical arc extinction is achieved. These observations are supported by measurements of the magnitude of extinction and re-ignition voltage peaks. Most previous and other current experimental work on gas filled ...

  11. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot carbon dioxide for gas circuit breaker applications

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    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas is widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, but due to its high global warming potential, substitutes are being sought. CO2 has been investigated as a candidate based on its arc interruption performance. The hot gas in the circuit breaker after current zero, with a complicated species composition caused by the dissociation and many other reactions, will lead to the electrical breakdown, which is one of the major concerns in assessing the arc interruption performance. Despite this, little research has been reported on the dielectric strength of hot CO2. In this paper, the dielectric properties of hot CO2 related to the dielectric recovery phase of the circuit breaker were investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 4000 K and in the pressure range from 0.01 to 1.0 MPa. Under the assumptions of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) and local chemical equilibrium (LCE), the equilibrium compositions of hot CO2 were obtained based on Gibbs free energy minimization. The cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of CO2 was determined by balancing electron generation and loss. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) derived from the two-term Boltzmann transport equation. The result indicates that unlike SF6 or air, in hot CO2 the reduced critical electric field strength does not change monotonically with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 300 to 4000 K. CO2 has a superior dielectric strength to pure SF6 above 2500 K at 0.5 MPa, which means it has the potential to improve the interruption performance of the circuit breakers, while reducing the global warming effect. Good agreement was found with published experimental results and calculations for CO2 at room temperature, and with previous calculations for hot CO2. (paper)

  12. IMPROVEMENT OF TRANSIENT STABILITY OF POWER SYSTEM USING SOLID STATE CIRCUIT BREAKER

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    Kalai Murugan Amirthalingam; Raja Prabu Ramachandran

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to use a solid state circuit breaker for the improvement of transient stability margin. Long distance AC transmission is often subject to stability problems, which limits the transmission capability. Interconnected power systems suffer from weakly damped swings between synchronous generator and sub systems. The development of modern power system has lead to an increasing complexity in the study of power system and also presents new challenges to power system stability...

  13. Investigation on no-load mechanical endurance and electrical degradation of a circuit breaker model under short circuit current interruption

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    Suwanasri, Thanapong

    2006-01-01

    The demand on reducing circuit breaker failure, extending service life, increasing equipment reliability and lowering the related operating and maintenance costs are nowadays of prime importance for the electricity supply network. According to statistics, the major failure mode is originated from operating mechanism, whereas interrupter has the highest percentage of failure in high voltage component. Thus, the method to facilitate the assessment of internal mechanical conditions by using comm...

  14. IMPROVEMENT OF TRANSIENT STABILITY OF POWER SYSTEM USING SOLID STATE CIRCUIT BREAKER

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    Kalai Murugan Amirthalingam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to use a solid state circuit breaker for the improvement of transient stability margin. Long distance AC transmission is often subject to stability problems, which limits the transmission capability. Interconnected power systems suffer from weakly damped swings between synchronous generator and sub systems. The development of modern power system has lead to an increasing complexity in the study of power system and also presents new challenges to power system stability and in particular to the aspects of transient stability and small signal stability. Transient stability control plays a significant role in ensuring the stable operation of power systems in the event of large disturbances and faults and is thus a significant area of research. This study investigates the improvement of transient stability of a two area system, using Solid State Circuit Breaker which is capable of fast switching in case of faults and thus controlling the real and reactive power flows in a faulted transmission line. Simulations are carried out in Matlab/Simulink environment for two area system model with Solid State Circuit Breaker to analyze the effects of SSCB on transient stability performance of the system. From the simulation results, swing curves of the three phase faulted power system without SSCB gets increases monotonically and thus the system can be considered as unstable whereas the swing curves of the system with an SSCB reaches to a steady state.

  15. A Novel Approach to Power Circuit Breaker Design for Replacement of SF6

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    D. J. Telfer

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This contribution explores the role of PTFE ablation in enhancing current interruption for various background gases in high voltage circuit breakers. An assessment of the current interruption capability has been made in terms of the arcing duration and the contact gap length at which critical arc extinction is achieved. These observations are supported by measurements of the magnitude of extinction and re-ignition voltage peaks. Most previous and other current experimental work on gas filled circuit breaker design follows conventional wisdom in investigating arcing behaviours at elevated gas pressures (usually up to 6 bar. But in this work we concentrate on the effects of using low gas pressures (less than 1 bar in the presence of a close-fitting shield of ablatant polymer material (PTFE that surrounds the electrode assembly of an experimental high power circuit breaker. We demonstrate that for several different gases, arc extinction capability compares well under these conditions with SF6, suggesting that SF6 could be replaced entirely in this novel system by more environmentally friendly gases. Moreover, the critical contact gap lengths at extinction are only slightly greater than when using SF6 at 6 bar. Weight loss measurements from the ablatant shield suggest that a chemical puffer action is the most likely mechanism for achieving the observed arc extinctions in this system.

  16. NRC Information Notice No. 93-26: Grease solidification causes molded case circuit breaker failure to close

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    On March 26, 1992, an engineered safety feature actuated at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 because of the loss of output power from an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) while the loads were being transferred from UPS power to the maintenance supply power. During the transfer, the maintenance supply output circuit breaker (CB-4) failed to close causing a loss of power to the standby gas treatment system radiation monitoring cabinet, a false-high radiation signal, a group 9 primary containment isolation, the loss of a control room fire panel annunciator, and a loss of communication between the radiation monitoring system computer and non-Class 1E radiation monitors. The operator immediately took corrective action to manually close circuit breaker CB-4 and restore the UPS loads. The UPS loads lost power for approximately 12 minutes during the event. The cause of the failure of circuit breaker CB-4 to close was that the grease used at the pivot points inside the breaker had dried out and solidified. When the grease dried out, it caused increasing friction and gouging at the metal-to-metal contact areas. This friction caused the breaker to become increasingly more difficult to close, until, finally, the breaker would not close at all. The licensee located all breakers of the same make, model, and year as the one that failed and scheduled their replacement

  17. Solid-state recoverable fuse functions as circuit breaker

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    Thomas, E. F., Jr.

    1966-01-01

    Molded, conductive-epoxy recoverable fuse protects electronic circuits during overload conditions, and then permits them to continue to function immediately after the overload condition is removed. It has low resistance at ambient temperature, and high resistance at an elevated temperature.

  18. Fuzzy diagnostic system for oleo-pneumatic drive mechanism of high-voltage circuit breakers.

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    Nicolau, Viorel

    2013-01-01

    Many oil-based high-voltage circuit breakers are still in use in national power networks of developing countries, like those in Eastern Europe. Changing these breakers with new more reliable ones is not an easy task, due to their implementing costs. The acting device, called oleo-pneumatic mechanism (MOP), presents the highest fault rate from all components of circuit breaker. Therefore, online predictive diagnosis and early detection of the MOP fault tendencies are very important for their good functioning state. In this paper, fuzzy logic approach is used for the diagnosis of MOP-type drive mechanisms. Expert rules are generated to estimate the MOP functioning state, and a fuzzy system is proposed for predictive diagnosis. The fuzzy inputs give information about the number of starts and time of functioning per hour, in terms of short-term components, and their mean values. Several fuzzy systems were generated, using different sets of membership functions and rule bases, and their output performances are studied. Simulation results are presented based on an input data set, which contains hourly records of operating points for a time horizon of five years. The fuzzy systems work well, making an early detection of the MOP fault tendencies. PMID:24319349

  19. Fuzzy Diagnostic System for Oleo-Pneumatic Drive Mechanism of High-Voltage Circuit Breakers

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    Viorel Nicolau

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Many oil-based high-voltage circuit breakers are still in use in national power networks of developing countries, like those in Eastern Europe. Changing these breakers with new more reliable ones is not an easy task, due to their implementing costs. The acting device, called oleo-pneumatic mechanism (MOP, presents the highest fault rate from all components of circuit breaker. Therefore, online predictive diagnosis and early detection of the MOP fault tendencies are very important for their good functioning state. In this paper, fuzzy logic approach is used for the diagnosis of MOP-type drive mechanisms. Expert rules are generated to estimate the MOP functioning state, and a fuzzy system is proposed for predictive diagnosis. The fuzzy inputs give information about the number of starts and time of functioning per hour, in terms of short-term components, and their mean values. Several fuzzy systems were generated, using different sets of membership functions and rule bases, and their output performances are studied. Simulation results are presented based on an input data set, which contains hourly records of operating points for a time horizon of five years. The fuzzy systems work well, making an early detection of the MOP fault tendencies.

  20. 46 CFR 111.54-1 - Circuit breakers.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 110.10-1); or (ii) IEC 62271-100 (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 110.10-1). (d) A circuit... provision of Article 240 of NFPA NEC 2002 or IEC 92-202 (both incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 110.10-1... reference, see 46 CFR 110.10-1) or part 2 of IEC 60947-2 (incorporated by reference; see § 110.10-1),...

  1. Arc-induced turbulent mixing in an SF6 circuit breaker model

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    Bini, Riccardo; Basse, Nils T.; Seeger, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Dielectric interruption performance of SF6 high-voltage gas circuit breakers depends on the temperature distribution of the gas during the post-arc phase. Understanding the details of the mixing process occurring inside the breaker during arcing is therefore fundamental for the design. Multiphysics simulations are nowadays used to predict the flow field and the energy distribution inside the interrupter during and after the arcing phase. In this paper we make use of an optical technique to observe the arc-induced SF6 mixing process inside a dedicated test device. We extract qualitative and quantitative information and we compare this with simulations to conclude on the suitability of the models used.

  2. The life test of a DC circuit breaker of tokamak device JT-60 for a nuclear fusion research

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    In the Tokamak devices for nuclear fusion research, the construction of the current transformer circuits having plasma as the secondary circuit and the change of the primary circuit current are necessary for generating current in the plasma. This is considered to be fairly difficult in practice if conventional methods using capacitor discharge and iron core coils are employed. Considering such circumstances, it was decided for JT-60 to use an air-core current transformer coil and to employ the method of storing energy in the form of current in the coil inductance instead of a capacitor. For this reason, a DC circuit breaker is required to interrupt coil current. The authors improved an AV vacuum breaker, which had been developed as the vacuum breaker of longitudinal magnetic field type applying a magnetic field in parallel with an arc, to get the one for DC circuit for the purpose of applying it to JT-60. In this paper, the operational characteristic of the DC breaker is described, the construction and function of the life test circuit is explained, and the test results are reported. Finally, interruptions of 10,000 times at 20 kA were carried out. It is successful that the restrike of arc occurring during tens of milli-seconds after interruptions was improved to 0.05% or less for 10,000 times operations. Further, it was found that the generation of arc restrike can be reduced practically to zero with two breakers in series. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  3. Hv-dc circuit breaker for 20 kA, 12 kV and its protection system

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    Plasma physics experiments require hv-dc circuit breakers to reproducibly commutate large dc currents at a preset time from an opening interrupter into resistor which is connected in parallel to the interrupter. The normal operating conditions of the interrupter are comparable to those of short circuit interruptions at large repetition rates. Therefore, the interrupter needs a fast and reliable protection system which prevents damage to the interrupter in the case of a malfunction. The hv-dc circuit breaker and its protection system, as it is used with the stellarator experiment 'Wendelstein VII', is described. (orig.)

  4. Life testing of low-voltage air circuit breaker to assess age-related degradation

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    This paper reports that a DS-416 low-voltage air circuit breaker manufactured by Westinghouse is mechanically cycled to identify age-related degradation in the various breaker subcomponents, specifically in the power-operated mechanism. This accelerated aging test is performed on one breaker unit for over 36 000 cycles. Three separate pole shafts, one with a 60-deg weld, one with a 120-deg weld, and one with a 180-deg weld in the third pole lever, are used to characterize cracking in the welds. In addition, during the testing, three different operating mechanisms and several other parts are replaced as they become inoperable. Among the seven welds on the pole shaft, welds 1 and 3 are found to be critical ones whose fracture can result in misalignment of the pole levers. This can lead to problems with the operating mechanism, including the burning of coils, excessive wear in certain parts, and overstressed linkages. Furthermore, the limiting service life of a number of subcomponents of the power-operated mechanism, including the operating mechanism itself, is assessed

  5. Measured turbulent mixing in a small-scale circuit breaker model.

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    Basse, N P T; Bini, R; Seeger, M

    2009-11-10

    The performance of high voltage gas circuit breakers depends on the temperature distribution of hot gas or plasma from the arc zone mixed with cold gas that is present, for example, in the exhausts and mixing volume. Understanding the details of the mixing process is imperative to estimate the temperature distribution within the entire breaker volume. Design studies rely on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to search for the best way to achieve satisfactory mixing. One key uncertainty in the CFD simulations is the role of turbulence in this process and how to properly account for it. To gain knowledge of the mixing process between hot and cold gases, we have constructed a simplified breaker geometry that is flexible and accessible to diagnostics. Apart from standard measurements of current and arc voltage, we measure pressure in the arc zone and the mixing volume. Further, the mixing volume is specially designed to be transparent, allowing us to make shadowgraphy measurements of the turbulent mixing during and after the arcing phase. We report on experiments performed in air at atmospheric pressure. PMID:19904340

  6. Air blast circuit breaker noise and hearing loss: a multifactorial model for risk assessment.

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    McBride, D I; Williams, S

    2000-04-01

    The assessment of the risk to hearing from impulse noise exposure may be a problem for the occupational physician because existing legislative and international noise exposure standards deal primarily with continuous noise, and are not valid in excess of the peak exposure limit of 200 pa (140 dB). Noise exposure in excess of this level, for example that due to firearms, is frequently perceived as harmful, but this is not necessarily the case, as impulse noise standards do, in fact, allow exposure with a maximum in the order of 6.3 kPa (170 dB). To illustrate this, a cross-sectional group of electrical transmission workers have been studied who were exposed to significant levels of impulse noise from air blast circuit breakers and firearms. Important hearing loss factors have been identified by means of a specially designed questionnaire. Using the Health & Safety Executive definition, the risk of hearing loss was determined by calculating prevalence odds ratios (ORs) for exposure to these factors. The OR for those with fewer than eight unprotected air blast circuit breaker exposures was 2.27 (95% confidence interval (CI), 1.01-5.08), whilst for those with more than eight exposures the OR was 2.10 (95% CI, 0.97-4.54). For firearm exposure, ORs of 1.61 (95% CI, 0.95-2.74) were noted in the medium exposure group and 2.05 (95% CI, 1.08-3.86) in the high exposure group. When all the factors were included in the model, the most significant factor was age. The study gives support to the impulse noise exposure criteria, confirming the borderline risk from air blast circuit breaker noise exposure and the relative safety of moderate gunfire exposure. PMID:10912360

  7. Current commutation from a fast-response circuit breaker to shunting conductor

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    Reasons of failures of fast response circuit breakers (FRCB) at multistage commutation of current in the circuit with an inductive storage ring are considered, when the current commutation in the shunting conductor (SC) is not completed. The commutation mode has been determined by five dimensional parameters: commutation current, stray inductance of the circuit, rate of voltage growth across the FRCB, initial resistance of SC and characteristic power contribution. The existence of two critical current densities is stated: the first one is related to the rate of voltage growth on the FRCB and the second one is associated with the ultimate maximum voltage developed by FRCB. The obtained calculation estimations permit to determine the current density upper boundary in SC above which the commutation is impossible

  8. Study on Restrike Phenomena for 40.5-kV Vacuum Circuit Breakers

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    Yan Jing; Ma Zhiying

    2006-01-01

    When interrupting short circuit fault by 40.5-Kv vacuum circuit breakers, it is significant to eliminate multiple restrike phenomena, which occur frequently and result in high overvoltage and even interruption failure. A synthetic circuit that can supply a DC recovery voltage after current zero was used to study multiple restrike phenomena in switching. Some key factors including breaking current, clearance between open contacts, electrode structure and contact material, which may affect restrike characteristics, were studied. Under various clearances, the statistical probability of restrike was obtained. As a result, the best scope of clearance between open contacts was found. The performance of CuCrS0/50 and CuCr75/25 material were compared. Two kinds of electrode structures, namely 1/2 coil structure and cup-shaped axial magnetic structure, were tested. After a high-current interruption, conditioning effect was realized and the probability ofrestrike decreased.

  9. Surface Degradation of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts During Standardized UL Testing

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    Yu, Haibo; Sun, Yu; Kesim, M. Tumerkan; Harmon, Jason; Potter, Jonathan; Alpay, S. Pamir; Aindow, Mark

    2015-09-01

    The near-surface microstructure of Ag/W contacts from 120 V, 30 A commercial circuit breakers in the as-manufactured condition and after standardized UL overload/temperature-rise, endurance, and short-circuit testing have been investigated using a combination of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, focused ion beam milling, and transmission electron microscopy. The as-manufactured contacts comprised three constituents: sintered Ag/W composite particles with fine-grained Ag and coarse-grained W, coarse-grained pockets of Ag infiltrate, and a nano-crystalline surface Ag layer. There are also WO3 and Ag2O phases at the surface. After UL overload/temperature-rise testing, there is Ag loss giving a porous W-rich layer at the contact surface. In addition to binary oxides, we observe the formation of Ag2WO4. After UL endurance testing, material is swept across the surface by the breaker action giving a W-rich eroded porous surface on one side and a build-up of mixed oxides on the other. After UL short-circuit testing, a W crust forms due to melting and re-solidification of W and vaporization of Ag, and mid-plane cracks form due to the severe thermal gradients. There is a strong correlation between the observed microstructural features and the contact resistance measurements obtained from these samples.

  10. Dielectric recovery in a high-voltage circuit breaker in SF6

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    Seeger, M.; Schwinne, M.; Bini, R.; Mahdizadeh, N.; Votteler, T.

    2012-10-01

    The dielectric recovery in high-voltage circuit breakers after interruption of high-current amplitudes was investigated experimentally in a test device. Various current amplitudes were tested, which cover a typical range of practical interest. Simulations with computational fluid dynamics together with electric field simulations allowed one to deduce the physical parameters in the region where the breakdown was decided. A leader inception model using these parameters explains under which condition leader inception occurs; causing breakdown of the gap. Based on this model scaling laws for leader inception are given.

  11. Simulation of arc-electrode interaction using sheath modelling in SF6 circuit-breakers

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    Maruzewski, P.; Martin, A.; Reggio, M.; Trépanier, J.-Y.

    2002-05-01

    The transition layer, or sheath, located at the interface between the electrode and the electric arc plasma in circuit-breaker arcs is modelled and integrated into software for the simulation of arcs. The sheath model includes the equation of the continuity of electrons, the generalized Ohm's law and the equation of conservation of total energy. The latter equation takes into account Joule heating, the radiation from the arc and phenomena on the surface of the electrode such as thermionic and radiative cooling by thermal emission. The resulting arc model can predict electrode and arc temperatures simultaneously.

  12. Condition based maintenance of gas circuit breaker using synchronous switching control

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    CBM(Condition Based Maintenance) attracts the attention as a resolution of the request for the maintenance cost reduction of power electrical equipments. CBM is to maintain the necessary contents at the optimum timing. This maintenance timing is planed according to the trend of equipments condition information. Especially at the highly reliable equipments like a GIS(Gas Insulated Switchgear), it is expected to optimize the maintenance period. We describe the applicable CBM of GCB (Gas Circuit Breaker) using the operation time data that are the control one of the Synchronous Switching Controller. (author)

  13. Optical fiber imaging for high speed plasma motion diagnostics: applied to low voltage circuit breakers.

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    McBride, J W; Balestrero, A; Ghezzi, L; Tribulato, G; Cross, K J

    2010-05-01

    An integrated portable measurement system is described for the study of high speed and high temperature unsteady plasma flows such as those found in the vicinity of high current switching arcs. An array of optical fibers allows the formation of low spatial resolution images, with a maximum capture rate of 1 x 10(6) images per second (1 MHz), with 8 bit intensity resolution. Novel software techniques are reported to allow imaging of the arc; and to measure arc trajectories. Results are presented on high current (2 kA) discharge events in a model test fixture and on the application to a commercial low voltage circuit breaker. PMID:20515174

  14. Simulation of the Effects of Several Factors on Arc Plasma Behavior in Low Voltage Circuit Breaker

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    2005-01-01

    Taking into account the properties of the arc plasma and the electromagnetic, heat and radiative phenomena, commercial computational fluid dynamics software PHOENICS has been adapted and modified to develop the three-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD)model of arc in a low voltage circuit breaker. The effects of the arc ignition location, venting size and gassing material on arc behavior have been investigated. The analysis of the results show that the arc velocity accelerates with the increase in the distance between arc ignition location and of the venting size, and the existence of the gassing material is beneficial to improving the arc voltage and reducing the arc temperature.

  15. Simulation of SLF Interrupting Performance for SF6 Gas Circuit Breaker based on Serially Connected 3 Arc Models

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    Koshizuka, Tadashi; Shinkai, Takeshi; Udagawa, Keisuke; Kawano, Hiromichi

    This paper shows the simulation of SLF interrupting performances for SF6 gas circuit breakers. From the measurements using 300kV-SF6 gas model circuit breakers, it was shown that the extinction peak voltages were varying with arcing times. But, the current values at the extinction peak were the same. To simulate the SLF interrupting performances for the circuit breakers, serially connected 3 arc models were used. Cassie arc model and two Mayr arc models were serially connected. In this arc model, the Cassie model simulates the high current arc. One of the Mayr arc model (Mayr model 1) simulates the arc around the voltage extinction peak. And the other Mayr arc model simulates the arc around current zero. In this model, arc voltage of the Cassie model and arc power loss of the Mayr model 1 are only estimated from the experiments. It was good agreement with the measurements and simulations.

  16. Extended Aging of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts: Influence on Surface Structure, Electrical Properties, and UL Testing Performance

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    Yu, Haibo; Kesim, M. Tumerkan; Sun, Yu; Harmon, Jason; Potter, Jonathan; Alpay, S. Pamir; Aindow, Mark

    2016-01-01

    Samples of 120 V, 30 A commercial circuit breakers were subjected to various aging treatments and the resulting microstructures at the surfaces of the Ag/W contacts were studied using a combination of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. Breakers aged naturally in a hot, humid climate were compared to those subjected to accelerated aging in dry and humid environments. The most extensive oxidation was observed for contacts from breakers subjected to accelerated humid aging; these contacts exhibited thick surface layers consisting of Ag2O, Ag2WO4, Cu(OH)2•H2O, and WO3 phases. Far less surface degradation was observed for dry-aged contacts. Naturally aged contacts showed variations in degradation with more oxidation at the surface regions outside the physical contact area on the contact face. A correlation was found between the contact resistances measured from these samples following ASTM standard B 667-97 and the observed surface microstructures. To evaluate the effects of the surface oxides on breaker performance, humid-aged breakers were subjected to standardized UL overload/temperature-rise, endurance, and short-circuit testing following UL489. The contacts in these breakers exhibit similar microstructural and property changes to those observed previously for as-manufactured contacts after UL testing. These data illustrate the robust performance of this contact technology even after being subjected to aggressive artificial aging.

  17. "Report to the Legislature on": The Implementation of the Special Education Reimbursement ("Circuit Breaker") Program. Line-Item 7061-0012

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    Massachusetts Department of Education, 2008

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports on the implementation of the Special Education Reimbursement ("Circuit Breaker") Program. Fiscal Year 2007 is the fourth year implementing the Circuit Breaker reimbursement program which provides additional state support for students with disabilities. School districts are eligible for a reimbursement of eligible costs of…

  18. Proposal to negotiate, without competitive tendering, a contract for the maintenance of three 420 kV circuit breakers

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    2000-01-01

    This document concerns the award of a contract for the maintenance, by the manufacturer, of three 420 kV circuit breakers. The Finance Committee is invited to agree to the negotiation of a contract, without competitive tendering, with SCHNEIDER ITALY (IT) (formerly NUOVA MAGRINI GALILEO), the manufacturer of the equipment, for the maintenance of three 420 kV circuit breakers for a total amount of 490 000 Swiss francs, not subject to revision. The firm has indicated the following distribution by country of the contract value covered by this adjudication proposal: IT?100%.

  19. Deliberation of arc plasma characteristics according to experimental results in a typical gas circuit-breaker

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    One of the industrial plasma applications is in the gas circuit breakers (GCB) and switching processes. During GCB operation and opening of its two contacts, current flows through of the inter-electrode medium (generally SF6 or its mixture) and electric arc forms from the plasma that has been created between the contacts. The electric arc is a self-sustained discharge having low voltage drop and able to support great amplitudes of current. The technical basis of circuit breaker is: initiating arc plasma, flowing a large current, cooling it effectively to avoid re-ignition, and finally the transition from a well-conducting medium into insulating gas space in a very short time interval. In other words, for a successful interruption we need to know about power brought to the arc and that of removed. In this paper an attempt has been made to study, characterize and understand some arc behaviors such as arc conductance and its changes according to recorded current and voltage traces experimentally. From physical point of view, there are different phenomena that affect on arc behavior. According to methodology used here, we tried to understand some of arc behavior from experimental results and finally we extract some arc parameters. (author)

  20. New device for measuring post-arc currents in circuit breakers

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    Vokurka, V.; Ackermann, U.; Schade, E.

    1987-06-01

    This paper describes a new technique for measuring post-arc currents in circuit breakers. The measurements are performed with a specially designed current monitor. In contrast to commonly used current monitors saturation of the core of the transformer at high pulses of current is prevented by shunting the turns of the transformer by antiparallel fast-recovery diodes. This new device offers several advantages in comparison to other known techniques for post-arc measurements: there is no galvanic coupling to the network, the system is easy to handle, and the costs of the components are low. The two post-arc-current monitors (PACM) described have a sensitivity of 0.1 V/A and 10 mV/A, and are linear within 1% in the range of ±4 and ±100 A, respectively. The first PACM has an upper cutoff frequency of 18 MHz, the second one 3.8 MHz and are designed for sinusoidal fault currents of 6.3 kA and 56 kA, respectively, at a frequency of 50 Hz. Examples of applications to axially blown arcs in SF6 and to vacuum circuit breakers are presented.

  1. Study on the Mathematical Model of Dielectric Recovery Characteristics in High Voltage SF6 Circuit Breaker

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    Lin, Xin; Wang, Feiming; Xu, Jianyuan; Xia, Yalong; Liu, Weidong

    2016-03-01

    According to the stream theory, this paper proposes a mathematical model of the dielectric recovery characteristic based on the two-temperature ionization equilibrium equation. Taking the dynamic variation of charged particle's ionization and attachment into account, this model can be used in collaboration with the Coulomb collision model, which gives the relationship of the heavy particle temperature and electron temperature to calculate the electron density and temperature under different pressure and electric field conditions, so as to deliver the breakdown electric field strength under different pressure conditions. Meanwhile an experiment loop of the circuit breaker has been built to measure the breakdown voltage. It is shown that calculated results are in conformity with experiment results on the whole while results based on the stream criterion are larger than experiment results. This indicates that the mathematical model proposed here is more accurate for calculating the dielectric recovery characteristic, it is derived from the stream model with some improvement and refinement and has great significance for increasing the simulation accuracy of circuit breaker's interruption characteristic. supported by Science and Technology Project of State Grid Corporation of China (No. GY17201200063), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51277123), Basic Research Project of Liaoning Key Laboratory of Education Department (LZ2015055)

  2. Study of a circuit-breaker arc with self-generated flow

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    This study concerns the operation of a circuit breaker with self-generated flow. This article deals with the first phase of operation, corresponding to the energy transfer between arc and gas and to the pressure rise. The experimental study is devoted to measurements of current, arc voltage, and pressure variations in N/sub 2/ and SF/sub 6/. For currents of the order of 10 kA the mean measured electric field is about 32 V/cm in SF/sub 6/ and 36 V/cm in N/sub 2/. Through a bibliographical study and a modeling approach of the interruption arc, an analysis of the role of the different mechanisms of energy transfer between the arc and SF/sub 6/ has been conducted. With a 10 kA pulse, about 80 percent of the transfer is due to convection and the rest to radiation from the arc. This transfer results in an overpressure of nearly 1 bar in SF/sub 6/ and 2 bar in N/sub 2/. It appears that the operation of this type of circuit breaker is limited to high currents; for currents below 7 kA the overpressure is lower than 0.5 bar, which does not provide efficient blowing at current zero

  3. Mathematical models of pre-arcing and arcing phenomena in vacuum circuit breakers

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    The main aim of this paper is to show that properties of electrical contact materials are responsible for the metallic vapour pressure at contact closure. Dynamic phenomena accompanying electrical contacts closure in vacuum circuit breakers are considered as consecutive stages, including breakdown, touch, penetration, restitution, bridging and arcing at bouncing. The hybrid mathematical model is elaborated to describe dynamics of the arc and forces acting in contact gap. It includes experimental oscillograms of current, voltage and contact displacement and nonlinear equations for arc, anode and cathode temperature fields and contact motion. Experiments are carried out using a standard vacuum circuit breaker with laser sensors for measurement of contact gap. The special difference path method techniques was applied to take into account oscillations of a fixed contact. The axisymmetrical Stefan problem with two free boundaries corresponding to melting and evaporation interfaces is solved to find dynamics of contact evaporation. It is shown theoretically and confirmed experimentally that in the range of high current the force of metallic vapour pressure at arcing in vacuum is comparable with magnetic repulsion force and should be taken into consideration. Two mechanisms of vapour pressure formation and evolution are discussed, which occur due to explosion of micro-asperities at contact touch or due to arcing after bridge rupture at contact bouncing. (author)

  4. Quench protection system using a novel d.c. circuit breaker for LHD

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    The Large Helical Device (LHD) has 12 superconducting coils that are strongly coupled with each other. The rating currents of these coils are from 13 to 32 kA and total magnetically stored energy reached 1.6 GJ. These coils are excited by six d.c. power supplies and each coil current is controlled with high accuracy to make a magnetic surface required for various plasma experiments. At the same time, it is required that these power supplies discharge the stored energy quickly when coil quench is detected. This paper introduces the quench protection circuit installed in the power supplies. For this system, a 30 kA and 2 kV class d.c. current breaker using the parallel connection of a small vacuum circuit breaker and power fuse is developed. Also, the best discharge resistor set, that dumps stored energy in the wide operation range of the LHD without changing connection, is found using numerical simulation. To confirm the reliability of quench protection and operation delay, operating tests are done using an actual quench protection system and power supply. In this test, more than 400 shots for three deference power systems are finished without any operation failure. (orig.)

  5. Experimental study on PTFE ablation in high voltage circuit-breakers

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    The average surface ablation of poly-tetra-fluro-ethylene (PTFE) nozzles in high voltage circuit-breakers was investigated experimentally by means of the specific ablation. Experiments were done with a test device in the current and arcing time range of 2-40 kArms and 5-17 ms, respectively. This allowed determining the dependences of the specific PTFE ablation on current and arcing time. Additionally, the specific PTFE nozzle ablation in commercial high voltage circuit-breakers was analysed in a broad range of current amplitudes and arcing times. For understanding the results more in detail, experiments with a small scale test device were performed. The different experiments yielded consistent values for the PTFE ablation. The ablation depends mainly on the total arc energy. The total ablation is given by the ablation of walls surrounding the arc and by the ablation in regions where plasma from the arc cools down. Different specific ablation values can be observed for the axial blown arc mode and the ablation controlled arc mode

  6. On-line condition monitoring systems for high voltage circuit breakers : a collaborative research project 1997-2001

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    2001-07-01

    A three year field project was initiated to review and evaluate the state of the art in on-line conditioning monitoring technology for a high voltage (240 kV SF6) circuit breaker located at Dorsey Converter Station. The ELF breaker is a three independent pole design which allows for three separate monitoring systems. This project involved the installation of a different type of monitoring system on each phase and incorporated many types of transducers. Each monitoring system measured the same basic parameters including contact travel, 'a' and 'b' auxiliary contacts, phase currents, coil currents, heater and pump current, plus SF6/CF4 pressure and temperature. Over the entire monitoring period the breaker was operated over 700 times at rated voltage and an additional 300 times during maintenance. Temperature conditions ranged from -35 to +30 degrees C. The use of on-line monitoring provided many valuable results and enhanced the knowledge base for the apparatus under the test. It was determined that on-line monitoring of HV circuit breakers has potential, but installation has to be considered carefully. Monitoring systems can offer improvement in the understanding of how circuit breakers work and provide input into RCM programs. However, monitoring systems themselves are subject to failure and require maintenance and attention. 2 refs., 2 tabs., 7 figs.

  7. Study of switching electric circuits with DC hybrid breaker, one stage

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    Niculescu, T.; Marcu, M.; Popescu, F. G.

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents a method of extinguishing the electric arc that occurs between the contacts of direct current breakers. The method consists of using an LC type extinguishing group to be optimally sized. From this point of view is presented a theoretical approach to the phenomena that occurs immediately after disconnecting the load and the specific diagrams are drawn. Using these, the elements extinguishing group we can choose. At the second part of the paper there is presented an analyses of the circuit switching process by decomposing the process in particular time sequences. For every time interval there was conceived a numerical simulation model in MATLAB-SIMULINK medium which integrates the characteristic differential equation and plots the capacitor voltage variation diagram and the circuit dumping current diagram.

  8. Design and construction of thyristor DC circuit breakers for alcator C-MOD

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    This paper reports on the detailed design of the Alcator C-MOD thyristor DC circuit breakers which required extensive simulation and careful consideration of parasitic elements as well as device recovery and turn-on limitations. The circuit uses up to 12 parallel paths to carry pulsed currents as high as 50 kA. Maximum interrupting voltages of 2 kV are supported by devices rated 4.4 kV. Each SCR is shunted by a diode in series with an air core decoupling reactor. The counterpulse capacitor is discharged though 1 or 2 SCRs and utilizes a pulse forming network to quickly reduce the main SCR current to zero, then provide an relatively low and stable reverse voltage during the commutation interval. All devices are mounted with radial symmetry. The diode reactors are subject to modest forces under normal conditions but large lateral forces when adjacent paths are lost

  9. Closeout of IE Bulletin 79-11: faulty overcurrent trip device in circuit breakers for engineered safety systems

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    IE Bulletin 79-11 was issued May 22, 1979 as a result of information received in April 1979 from Westinghouse and an NRC licensee relating to the potential failure of a circuit breaker in an engineered safety system of a nuclear power plant. The defect of concern was a small hairline crack in the dashpot end cap of one of the three overcurrent trip devices of a Type DB-75 breaker. The Bulletin was also applicable to Type DB-50 breakers, because they use the same type of dashpot end cap. The defective end cap had been installed in 1973 as a replacement, in compliance with IE Bulletin 73-1. Westinghouse Technical Bulletin NSD-TB-79-02 was issued April 17, 1979 to alert utilities to the potential problem, to provide background information, to recommend review of calibration test data and retesting of erratic breakers, to advise visual examination of end caps for cracks and to call for replacement of cracked end caps. Evaluation of utility responses and NRC/IE inspection reports shows that 114 of the 129 current facilities do not use the affected breakers in safety-related systems. Followup items for the five facilities with open status are proposed. The Bulletin has been closed out for the remaining ten facilities with safety-related Westinghouse DB-50 and DB-75 breakers having dashpots, on the basis of acceptable utility responses and NRC/IE regional inspection reports

  10. Numerical modeling of high-voltage circuit breaker arcs and their interraction with the power system

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    Orama, Lionel R.

    In this work the interaction between series connected gas and vacuum circuit breaker arcs has been studied. The breakdown phenomena in vacuum interrupters during the post arc current period have been of special interest. Numerical models of gas and vacuum arcs were developed in the form of black box models. Especially, the vacuum post arc model was implemented by combining the existing transition model with an ion density function and expressions for the breakdown mechanisms. The test series studied reflect that for electric fields on the order of 10sp7V/m over the anode, the breakdown of the vacuum gap can result from a combination of both thermal and electrical stresses. For a particular vacuum device, the vacuum model helps to find the interruption limits of the electric field and power density over the anode. The series connection of gas and vacuum interrupters always performs better than the single gas device. Moreover, to take advantage of the good characteristics of both devices, the time between the current zero crossing in each interrupter can be changed. This current zero synchronization is controlled by changing the capacitance in parallel to the gas device. This gas/vacuum interrupter is suitable for interruption of very stressful short circuits in which the product of the dI/dt before current zero and the dV/dt after current zero is very high. Also, a single SF6 interrupter can be replaced by an air circuit breaker of the same voltage rating in series with a vacuum device without compromising the good performance of the SF6 device. Conceptually, a series connected vacuum device can be used for high voltage applications with equal distribution of electrical stresses between the individual interrupters. The equalization can be made by a sequential opening of the individual contact pairs, beginning with the interruptors that are closer to ground potential. This could eliminate the use of grading capacitors.

  11. Transient Recovery Voltages at the Main 132kV Line Bay GIS Circuit Breaker in a Windfarm

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    Arana Aristi, Iván; Okholm, J.; Holbøll, Joachim

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the results of investigations of the Transient Recovery Voltage (TRV) across the terminals of the main 132kV Line Bay GIS circuit breaker (GIS CB) for Walney 2, second phase of the Walney Offshore Wind Farm. Several simulations were performed where the influence of different...

  12. Transient Studies in Large Offshore Wind Farms, Tak-ing Into Account Network/Circuit Breaker Interaction

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    Glasdam, Jakob; Bak, Claus Leth; Hjerrild, Jesper; Arana Aristi, Iván

    2011-01-01

    ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory, where a user-defined model of the vacuum circuit breaker (VCB) is included, capable of simulating multiple prestrikes during the closing operation...... simulation results, whereas little improvement is found in DigSILENT....

  13. Improving Transient Recovery voltage of circuit breaker using Fault Current Limiter

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates influence of Fault Current Limiter (FCL on short-circuits current level of substation bus bar splitter circuit breaker and its TRV. An approach for TRV evaluation is developed and applied for proposed power system as shown in this study. FCL circuit is connected to the power system in order to limit TRV. The limiter circuit consists of two equal windings which are turned around unique magnetic core. One of the windings is connected in series with the power system network and the other is connected to the network via series capacitor and power electronic switches. During normal operating condition, both tyristors are in on state and current of the primary and secondary windings are equal. This causes zero impedance of the limiter. During fault, faults current cause the power electronic switch to turn off which increases the limiter impedance. By increasing the limiter impedance, amplitude of TRV decreases substantially. The novel method presented in this study is a cheap and successful scheme.

  14. Power nanosecond pulse shaping by means of RCD-generators with peaking circuits based on diode current breakers

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    Grekhov, I V; Korotkov, S V; Stepanyants, A L; Khristyuk, D V

    2002-01-01

    One considered the basic principles to design nanosecond region generators based on reverse-connected dynistos (RCD) with diode current breaker base output peaking circuits. Paper presents the results of experimental investigation in intense generator based on RCD, peaking pulsed transformer and high-voltage diode breaker from a set of series-connected drift diodes with abrupt reset. Generator at 1 kHz frequency commutates voltage pulses with approx 45 kV amplitude, approx 50 ns duration and approx 10 ns rise front to 25 ohm load

  15. Power nanosecond pulse shaping by means of RCD-generators with peaking circuits based on diode current breakers

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    One considered the basic principles to design nanosecond region generators based on reverse-connected dynistos (RCD) with diode current breaker base output peaking circuits. Paper presents the results of experimental investigation in intense generator based on RCD, peaking pulsed transformer and high-voltage diode breaker from a set of series-connected drift diodes with abrupt reset. Generator at 1 kHz frequency commutates voltage pulses with ∼ 45 kV amplitude, ∼ 50 ns duration and ∼ 10 ns rise front to 25 ohm load

  16. Theoretical and experimental study of a dual-flow circuit breaker nozzle flow

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    Dearborn, J. B.; Nagamatsu, H. T.; Rumsey, C. I.

    1983-07-01

    The performance of the high power gas blast circuit breakers to interrupt high power depends on the arc quenching near current zero. The cooling of the arc is governed by the cold flow field through the nozzle. Thus, a finite element type of computer program was developed to determine the axisymmetric cold field for dual-flow arc interrupter nozzle configurations of different throat radii and various gap spacings between the dual-flow nozzles using SF6 or air as the high pressure gas. The axial flow acceleration in the stagnation and sonic regions present in the are interrupter nozzles has been examined in the flow field calculations. Experimental data obtained for a 4 deg conical nozzle correlated well with the computed results.

  17. New Breakdown Electric Field Calculation for SF6 High Voltage Circuit Breaker Applications

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    Robin-Jouan, Ph.; Yousfi, M.

    2007-12-01

    The critical electric fields of hot SF6 are calculated including both electron and ion kinetics in wide ranges of temperature and pressure, namely from 300 K up to 4000 K and 2 atmospheres up to 32 atmospheres respectively. Based on solving a multi-term electron Boltzmann equation the calculations use improved electron-gas collision cross sections for twelve SF6 dissociation products with a particular emphasis on the electron-vibrating molecule interactions. The ion kinetics is also considered and its role on the critical field becomes non negligible as the temperature is above 2000 K. These critical fields are then used in hydrodynamics simulations which correctly predict the circuit breaker behaviours observed in the case of breaking tests.

  18. Plasma circuit breaker in a magnetic field as a high-power ion flux generator

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    It is ascertained that plasma circuit breaker (PCB) in the external magnetic field of acute-anguled geometry in the mode when PCB serves as inductive storage loading is a natural magnetoizolated diode. Using PCB as an ion emitter and as a high-voltage generator it proved possible in case of full electron magnetiuzation to attain the maximum efficiency of the storage. The density of ion current evaluated by the measured energy density for 30 J/cm2 thermocouple and by the energy of 1.5 MeV constitutes 100 A/cm2. The given method of ion generation is very effective when high ion currents with a high energy are required

  19. Influencing Factors of Breaking Capacity of Double-Break Vacuum Circuit Breakers

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Using a series arrangement of two vacuum interrupters (VIs has been proved to be an effective way of developing higher voltage vacuum circuit breakers (VCBs, which are known as double-break VCBs. The uniform distribution of the transient recovery voltage (TRV across each VI is very critical for the breaking capacity of double-break VCBs. In this paper, the TRV distribution characteristics of double-break VCBs was studied by the synthetic test and the PSCAD/EMTDC simulation based on a vacuum arc interruption model. The results show that the bias of the TRV distribution ratio is caused by the stray capacitance and the imbalanced post arc plasma characteristic in each VI, which is consistent with the theoretical analysis. Moreover, the negative effect of grading capacitors was discussed. The results show that it is advisable to limit the value of grading capacitors to those ranges which can guarantee sufficiently improve the voltage distribution.

  20. Swirling flow and its influence on dc arcs in a duo-flow hybrid circuit breaker

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    The effects of swirling flow on the behaviour of dc SF6 arcs in a duo-flow nozzle are computationally investigated in the electric current range 3-7 kA. A swirling flow is produced by the interaction of the magnetic field of a current-carrying coil and the plasma. Results show that a strong swirling flow is generated in regions where a large radial current density exists as a result of the conducting arc column rapidly changing its radial dimension. The presence of the swirling flow reduces the axis pressure, modifies the arc shape and slightly lowers the arc voltage (2-5%) in comparison with the case without considering the swirling flow. The different natures of swirling flows in a plasma jet/arc heater and in a hybrid circuit breaker are also discussed.

  1. New Breakdown Electric Field Calculation for SF6 High Voltage Circuit Breaker Applications

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    Ph.ROBIN-JOUAN; M.YOUSFI

    2007-01-01

    The critical electric fields of hot SF6 are calculated including both electron and ion kinetics in wide ranges of temperature and pressure,namely from 300 K up to 4000 K and 2 atmospheres up to 32 atmospheres respectively.Based on solving a multi-term electron Boltzmann equation the calculations use improved electron-gas collision cross sections for twelve SF6 dissociation products with a particular emphasis on the electron-vibrating molecule interactions.The ion kinetics is also considered and its role on the critical field becomes non negligible as the temperature is above 2000 K.These critical fields are then used in hydrodynamics simulations which correctly predict the circuit breaker behaviours observed in the case of breaking tests.

  2. Transient studies in large offshore wind farms, taking into account network/circuit breaker interaction

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    Glasdam, Jakob; Hjerrild, Jesper; Arana, Ivan [DONG Energy Power A/S, Fredericia (Denmark); Bak, Claus Leth [Aalborg Univ. (Denmark). Inst. of Energy Technology

    2011-07-01

    Switching overvoltages (SOV) are considered a possible source of experienced component failures in existing offshore wind farms (OWFs). The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in order to ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory, where a user-defined model of the vacuum circuit breaker (VCB) is included, capable of simulating multiple prestrikes during the closing operation. An analysis of the switching transients that might occur in an OWF will be made on basis of the validated model and the importance of the inclusion of a sufficient accurate representation of the VCB in the simulation tool will be described. The inclusion of the VCB model in PSCAD greatly improves the simulation results, whereas little improvement is found in DigSILENT. (orig.)

  3. New Breakdown Electric Field Calculation for SF6 High Voltage Circuit Breaker Applications

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    The critical electric fields of hot SF6 are calculated including both electron and ion kinetics in wide ranges of temperature and pressure, namely from 300 K up to 4000 K and 2 atmospheres up to 32 atmospheres respectively. Based on solving a multi-term electron Boltzmann equation the calculations use improved electron-gas collision cross sections for twelve SF6 dissociation products with a particular emphasis on the electron-vibrating molecule interactions. The ion kinetics is also considered and its role on the critical field becomes non negligible as the temperature is above 2000 K. These critical fields are then used in hydrodynamics simulations which correctly predict the circuit breaker behaviours observed in the case of breaking tests

  4. Transient Studies in Large Offshore Wind Farms, Employing Detailed Circuit Breaker Representation

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    Glasdam, Jakob Bærholm; Bak, Claus Leth; Hjerrild, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    order to ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory. A user-defined model of the vacuum circuit breaker (VCB) is included in both tools, capable of simulating multiple prestrikes during the......Switching overvoltages (SOV) are considered a possible source of component failures experienced in existing offshore wind farms (OWFs). The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main electrical components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in...... closing operation. An analysis of the switching transients that might occur in OWFs will be made on the basis of the validated model, and the importance of the inclusion of a sufficiently accurate representation of the VCB in the simulation tool will be described. The inclusion of the VCB model in PSCAD...

  5. Study and field verification of the effects of removing closing resistors from 500 kV circuit breakers

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    Closing resistors in EHV circuit breakers are frequently used to reduce switching transients on lines thus preventing flashovers during line energization. Maintenance and failures of such closing resistors can be costly and reduce transmission system reliability. For these reasons, APS conducted an investigation into the technical feasibility of operating its 500 kV without closing resistors. This paper describes study results of removing closing resistors from 500 kV breakers in a system which employs older technology silicon carbide type surge arresters. The paper also describes results of field tests of the expected flashover rates calculated in the study. These field tests involve repeatedly energizing a 258 mile 500 kV line using a breaker in which the closing resistors are disabled. Transient overvoltages captured during the tests are compared with predicted overvoltages. The study concludes that closing resistors may be removed from the subject system without unacceptable consequences

  6. Ohmic heating dc circuit breakers with liquid-metal plasma valves

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    The ohmic heating circuits of Tokamaks and Stellarators now under construction or in the planning state require circuit breakers which can interrupt currents as high as 250kA against voltages of up to 50kV after conducting the current for as long as a few seconds (not necessarily in this parameter combination). In order to satisfy these upcoming needs, Hughes Research Laboratories (HRL) is developing a switch module whith a 35kA interrupting capability, based on the 'liquid-metal plasma valve' (LMPV). Higher current ratings will be achieved by paralleling several modules. This modular approach will satisfy the needs of different ohmic heating circuits and will permit more economical testing. Current interruption is achieved by forced commutation of the LMPVs. These valves are vacuum arc devices, using a mercury (or other liquid-metal) vapor plasma to provide the current conduction medium without causing appreciable electrode erosion. Conduction for arbitrarily long times without discharge-voltage losses can be achieved by using a mechanical bypass switch (MBS) to carry the current for most of the conduction time, the LMPV taking over the current from the MBS just long enough for the MBS to deionize. A relatively simple, reasonably priced mechanical switch can be employed for this purpose with very little contact erosion, and hence, with long life

  7. Power ion beam production in a magnetic-insulated diode placed in a circuit with an inductive storage with a plasmoerosion circuit breaker

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    Consideration is given to results of experimental studies of modes of operation of plasma current breaker and magnetic insulated diode, placed parallel in a circuit with inductive storage and microsecond generator, as well as parameters of high-power ion beam, generated in gas-filled diode. Magnetic field of mirror configuration, which enabled to locate the gas-filled diode dose to breaking region was used for decrease of electrodynamic plasma transfer. It is shown that time delay (of the order of ten and more) of power maximum in gas-filled diode with respect to power maximum in plasma breaker is observed when using passive plasma source on anode

  8. The Voltage Distribution Characteristics of a Hybrid Circuit Breaker During High Current Interruption

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    Hybrid circuit breaker (HCB) technology based on a vacuum interrupter and a SF6 interrupter in series has become a new research direction because of the low-carbon requirements for high voltage switches. The vacuum interrupter has an excellent ability to deal with the steep rising part of the transient recovery voltage (TRV), while the SF6 interrupter can withstand the peak part of the voltage easily. An HCB can take advantage of the interrupters in the current interruption process. In this study, an HCB model based on the vacuum ion diffusion equations, ion density equation, and modified Cassie-Mayr arc equation is explored. A simulation platform is constructed by using a set of software called the alternative transient program (ATP). An HCB prototype is also designed, and the short circuit current is interrupted by the HCB under different action sequences of contacts. The voltage distribution of the HCB is analyzed through simulations and tests. The results demonstrate that if the vacuum interrupter withstands the initial TRV and interrupts the post-arc current first, then the recovery speed of the dielectric strength of the SF6 interrupter will be fast. The voltage distribution between two interrupters is determined by their post-arc resistance, which happens after current-zero, and subsequently, it is determined by the capacitive impedance after the post-arc current decays to zero. (plasma technology)

  9. Vacuum interrupter, high reliability component of distribution switches, circuit breakers and contactors

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    SLADE Paul G.; LI Wang-pei; MAYO Stephen; SMITH R.Kirkland; TAYLOR Erik D.

    2007-01-01

    The use of vacuum interrupters (VIs) as the current interruption component for switches, circuit breakers, reclosers and contactors operating at distribution voltages has escalated since their introduction in the mid-1950's. This electrical product has developed a dominating position for switching and protecting distribution circuits. VIs are even being introduced into switching products operating at transmission voltages. Among the reasons for the VI's popularity are its compactness, its range of application, its low cost, its superb electrical and mechanical life and its ease of application. Its major advantage is its well-established reliability. In this paper we show how this reliability has been achieved by design, by mechanical life testing and by electrical performance testing. We introduce the "sealed for life" concept for the VI's integrity. We discuss this in terms of what is meant by a practical leak rate for VIs with a life of over 30 years. We show that a simple high voltage withstand test is an easy and effective method for monitoring the long-term vacuum integrity. Finally we evaluate the need for routine inspection of this electrical product when it is used in adverse ambient environments.

  10. Current identification in vacuum circuit breakers as a least squares problem*

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a magnetostatic inverse problem is solved, in order to reconstruct the electric current distribution inside high voltage, vacuum circuit breakers from measurements of the outside magnetic field. The (rectangular final algebraic linear system is solved in the least square sense, by involving a regularized singular value decomposition of the system matrix. An approximated distribution of the electric current is thus returned, without the theoretical problem which is encountered with optical methods of matching light to temperature and finally to current density. The feasibility is justified from the computational point of view as the (industrial goal is to evaluate whether, or to what extent in terms of accuracy, a given experimental set-up (number and noise level of sensors is adequate to work as a “magnetic camera” for a given circuit breaker. Dans cet article, on résout un problème inverse magnétostatique pour déterminer la distribution du courant électrique dans le vide d’un disjoncteur à haute tension à partir des mesures du champ magnétique extérieur. Le système algébrique (rectangulaire final est résolu au sens des moindres carrés en faisant appel à une décomposition en valeurs singulières regularisée de la matrice du système. On obtient ainsi une approximation de la distribution du courant électrique sans le problème théorique propre des méthodes optiques qui est celui de relier la lumière à la température et donc à la densité du courant. La faisabilité est justifiée d’un point de vue numérique car le but (industriel est d’évaluer si, ou à quelle précision, un dispositif expérimental donné (nombre et seuil limite de bruit des senseurs peut travailler comme une “caméra magnétique” pour un certain disjoncteur.

  11. Analysis of resonant circuit breakers and clipping circuit based on superconducting films

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    Characteristics of filters with resonant elements, based on superconducting microstrip transmission lines, were calculated. Possibility of realizing circuit breaking filters and clipping filters, based on NbN and YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting films in 1-10 GHz range with parameters, exceeding the corresponding ones of similar devices, based on semiconductors, was shown

  12. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot sulfur hexafluoride/carbon tetrafluoride mixtures for high voltage circuit breaker applications

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    Wang, Weizong; Murphy, Anthony B.; Rong, Mingzhe; Looe, Hui M.; Spencer, Joseph W.

    2013-09-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, has a high global warming potential and hence substitutes are being sought. The use of a mixture of carbon tetrafluoride (CF4) and SF6 is examined here. It is known that this reduces the breakdown voltage at room temperature. However, the electrical breakdown in a circuit breaker after arc interruption occurs in a hot gas environment, with a complicated species composition because of the occurrence of dissociation and other reactions. The likelihood of breakdown depends on the electron interactions with all these species. The critical reduced electric field strength (the field at which breakdown can occur, relative to the number density) of hot SF6/CF4 mixtures corresponding to the dielectric recovery phase of a high voltage circuit breaker is calculated in the temperature range from 300 K to 3500 K. The equilibrium compositions of hot SF6/CF4 mixtures under different mixing fractions were determined based on Gibbs free energy minimization. Full sets of improved cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species present are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of these mixtures was obtained by balancing electron generation and loss mechanisms. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function derived from the Boltzmann transport equation under the two-term approximation. The result indicates that critical electric field strength decreases with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 1500 to 3500 K. Good agreement was found between calculations for pure hot SF6 and pure hot CF4 and experimental results and previous calculations. The addition of CF4 to SF6 was found to increase the critical reduced electric field strength for temperatures above 1500 K, indicating the potential of replacing SF6 by SF6/CF4 mixtures in high-voltage circuit breakers.

  13. Analytical Analysis and Case Study of Transient Behavior of Inrush Current in Power Transformer for Designing of Efficient Circuit Breakers

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    Harmanpreet, Singh, Sukhwinder; Kumar, Ashok; Kaur, Parneet

    2010-11-01

    Stability & security are main aspects in electrical power systems. Transformer protection is major issue of concern to system operation. There are many mall-trip cases of transformer protection are caused by inrush current problems. The phenomenon of transformer inrush current has been discussed in many papers since 1958. In this paper analytical analysis of inrush current in a transformer switched on dc and ac supply has been done. This analysis will help in design aspects of circuit breakers for better performance.

  14. Modeling and Computer Simulation of the Pulsed Powering of Mechanical D.C. Circuit Breakers for the CERN/LHC Superconducting Magnet Energy Extraction System

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    Anushat, V; Erokhin, A; Kussul, A; Medvedko, A S

    2000-01-01

    This article presents the results of modeling and computer simulation of non-linear devices such as the Electromagnetic Driver of a D.C. Circuit Breaker. The mechanical and electromagnetic parts of the Driver are represented as equivalent electrical circuits and all basic processes of the Driver's magnetic circuit are calculated.

  15. IE Information Notice No. 85-93: Westinghouse Type DS circuit breakers, potential failure of electric closing feature because of broken spring release latch lever

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    On April 14, 1985, the Westinghouse Nuclear Services Integration Division (NSID) issued Technical Bulletin No. NSID-TB-85-17 advising their customers of a potential malfunction in Westinghouse Type DS Class 1E circuit breakers because of broken spring release latch levers. These electrically operated type DS breakers will not close electrically when the spring release latch lever has been broken off. Twenty-five broken levers have been reported and evaluated. This evaluation shows concentrations of incidents traceable to manufacturing in the following periods of time: early 1975, April 1976, and early 1978. This circuit breaker failure, as discussed, adversely affects the safety function (closing on demand) when the circuit breaker is used in the Engineered Safety Features Systems. However, this failure mode will not affect the safety trip function when it is used in the reactor protection system

  16. Simulation and Experimental Analysis of Arc Motion Characteristics in Air Circuit Breaker

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    Niu, Chunping; Ding, Juwen; Wu, Yi; Yang, Fei; Dong, Delong; Fan, Xingyu; Rong, Mingzhe

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, to simulate the arc motion in an air circuit breaker (ACB), a three-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) model is developed, considering the influence of thermal radiation, the change of physical parameters of arc plasma and the nonlinear characteristic of ferromagnetic material. The distributions of pressure, temperature, gas flow and current density of arc plasma in the arc region are calculated. The simulation results show some phenomena which discourage arc interruption, such as back commutation and arc burning at the back of the splitter plate. To verify the simulation model, the arc motion is studied experimentally. The influences of the material and position of the innermost barrier plate are analyzed mainly. It proved that the model developed in this paper can efficiently simulate the arc motion. The results indicate that the insulation barrier plate close to the top of the splitter plate is conducive to the arc splitting, which leads to the significant increase of the arc voltage, so it is better for arc interruption. The research can provide methods and references to the optimization of ACB design. supported by National Key Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (Nos. 2015CB251002, 6132620303), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51221005, 51377128, 51577144), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China

  17. Transient Response Simulation of Downstream Thermofluid Field in a Gas Circuit Breaker during Current Interruption

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    Nishiyama, Hideya; Hamada, Katsuhisa; Uchii, Toshiyuki; Kawano, Hiromichi; Tanaka, Yasunori

    A transient response of SF6 thermofluid field inside the exhaust tube in a Gas Circuit Breaker under high temperature, high pressure and high velocity conditions is analyzed by taking compressible effect and some realistic processes into account related to the available experimental data of GCB test facility. Furthermore, computational simulation is conducted to clarify the effective cooling process of SF6 hot gas flow inside the exhaust tube for transient time to avoid the SF6 hot gas breakdown near exhaust tube exit after the arc current interruption. It is found that the SF6 hot gas flow can be effectively cooled down for the rough inside wall of exhaust tube due to the separation of SF6 hot gas flow from the inside wall and also active mixing with upstream cold gas. The effect of roughness pattern on the real time thermofluid field of SF6 hot gas flow and possible breakdown region are also clarified. Finally, the computed temperature in GCB shows the good agreement with the available experimental data for smooth surface of exhaust tube.

  18. Numerical Study on Arc Plasma Behavior During Arc Commutation Process in Direct Current Circuit Breaker

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    This paper focuses on the numerical investigation of arc plasma behavior during arc commutation process in a medium-voltage direct current circuit breaker (DCCB) contact system. A three-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) model of air arc plasma in the contact system of a DCCB is developed, based on commercial software FLUENT. Coupled electromagnetic and gas dynamic interactions are considered as usual, and a thin layer of nonlinear electrical resistance elements is used to represent the voltage drop of plasma sheath and the formation of new arc root. The distributions of pressure, temperature, gas flow and current density of arc plasma in arc region are calculated. The simulation results indicate that the pressure distribution related to the contact system has a strong effect on the arc commutation process, arising from the change of electrical conductivity in the arc root region. In DCCB contact system, the pressure of arc root region will be concentrated and higher if the space above the moving contact is enclosed, which is not good for arc root commutation. However, when the region is opened, the pressure distribution would be lower and more evenly, which is favorable for the arc root commutation.

  19. Calculation of Nozzle Ablation During Arcing Period in an SF6 Auto-Expansion Circuit Breaker

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    Zhang, Junmin; Lu, Chunrong; Guan, Yonggang; Liu, Weidong

    2016-05-01

    The nozzle ablation process is described as two phases of heat and ablation in the interruption for an SF6 circuit breaker in this paper. Their mathematical models are established with the Fourier heat conduction differential equation respectively. The masses of nozzle ablation with different arc durations and arc currents are calculated through the model of the nozzle ablation combined with an MHD (magneto-hydrodynamic) arc model. The time of the temperature rise on the inner surface of the nozzle under a given energy flux and of reaching the pyrolysis temperature under different energy fluxes is respectively analyzed. The relations between the mass of nozzle ablation and breaking current and arc duration are obtained. The result shows that the absorbing energy process before the nozzle ablation can be neglected under the condition of the energy flux entering into nozzle q > 109 W/m2. The ablation is the severest during the high-current phase and the ablation mass increases rapidly with the breaking current and with arc duration respectively. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51177005 and 51477004)

  20. Simulation and Experimental Study of Arc Column Expansion After Ignition in Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers

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    MA Qiang; RONG Mingzhe; WU Yi; XU Tiejun; SUN Zhiqiang

    2008-01-01

    The dynamicprocess of arc pressure and corresponding arc column expansion, which is the main feature after arc ignition and has a significant effect on the breaking behaviour of low -voltage circuit breakers, is studied. By constructing a three dimensional mathematical model of air arc plasma and adopting the Control Volume Method, the parameters of arc plasma including temperature and pressure axe obtained. The variations of pressure field and temperature field with time are simulated. The result indicates that there are six stages for the process of arc column expansion according to the variation of pressure in arc chamber. In the first stage, the maximal pressure locates in the region close to cathode, and in the second stage the maximal pressure shifts to the region close to the anode. In the third stage, the pressure difference between the middle of arc column and the ambient gas is very large, so the arc column begins to expand apparently. In the fourth stage, the pressure wave propagates towards both ends and the maximal pressure appears at the two ends when the pressure wave reaches both sidewalls. In the fifth stage, the pressure wave is reflected and collides in the middle of the arc chamber. In the last stage, the propagation and reflection of pressure wave will repeat several times until a steady burning state is reached. In addition, the experimental results of arc column expansion, corresponding to the arc pressure variation, are presented to verify the simulation results.

  1. Speckle measurements of density and temperature profiles in a model gas circuit breaker

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    Speckle imaging was used to measure the density and temperature distribution in the arc zone of a model high voltage circuit breaker during the high current phase and under conditions simulating those present during current-zero crossings (current-zero-like arc); the arc was stabilized by a transonic, axial flow of synthetic air. A single probe beam was used; thus, accurate reconstruction was only possible for axially symmetric gas flows and arc channels. The displacement of speckles with respect to a reference image was converted to a line-of-sight integrated deflection angle, which was in turn converted into an axially symmetric refractive index distribution using a multistep process that made use of the inverse Radon transform. The Gladstone–Dale relation, which gives the index of refraction as a function of density, was extended to high temperatures by taking into account dissociation and ionization processes. The temperature and density were determined uniquely by assuming that the pressure distribution in the case of cold gas flow (in the absence of an arc) is not modified significantly by the arc. The electric conductivity distribution was calculated from the temperature profile and compared to measurements of the arc voltage and to previous results published in the literature for similar experimental conditions. (paper)

  2. Speckle measurements of density and temperature profiles in a model gas circuit breaker

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    Stoller, P. C.; Panousis, E.; Carstensen, J.; Doiron, C. B.; Färber, R.

    2015-01-01

    Speckle imaging was used to measure the density and temperature distribution in the arc zone of a model high voltage circuit breaker during the high current phase and under conditions simulating those present during current-zero crossings (current-zero-like arc); the arc was stabilized by a transonic, axial flow of synthetic air. A single probe beam was used; thus, accurate reconstruction was only possible for axially symmetric gas flows and arc channels. The displacement of speckles with respect to a reference image was converted to a line-of-sight integrated deflection angle, which was in turn converted into an axially symmetric refractive index distribution using a multistep process that made use of the inverse Radon transform. The Gladstone-Dale relation, which gives the index of refraction as a function of density, was extended to high temperatures by taking into account dissociation and ionization processes. The temperature and density were determined uniquely by assuming that the pressure distribution in the case of cold gas flow (in the absence of an arc) is not modified significantly by the arc. The electric conductivity distribution was calculated from the temperature profile and compared to measurements of the arc voltage and to previous results published in the literature for similar experimental conditions.

  3. Influence of Copper Vapor on Low-Voltage Circuit Breaker Arcs During Stationary and Moving States

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    MA Qiang; RONG Mingzhe; WU Yi; XU Tiejun; SUN Zhiqiang

    2008-01-01

    The influence of copper vapor on the low-voltage circuit breaker arcs is studied. A three-dimensional (3-D) magnetohydrodynamics(MHD) model of arc motion under the effect of external magnetic field is built up. By adopting the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package FLUENT based on control-volume method, the above MHD model is solved. For the mediums of air-1% Cu and air-10% Cu, the distributions of stationary temperature, pressure, electrical potential and the arc motion processes are compared with those of a pure air arc. The copper vapor diffusion process in the arc chamber and the distribution of copper vapor mass concentration are also simulated. The results shows that the copper vapor has a cooling effect on the arc plasma and can decrease the stationary voltage as well. Moreover, the presence of copper vapor can decelerate the arc motion in the quenching chambers. The maximal copper vapor concentration locates behind the arc root because of the existence of a "double vortex" near the electrodes.

  4. Calculation of Nozzle Ablation During Arcing Period in an SF6 Auto-Expansion Circuit Breaker

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    ZHANG Junmin; LU Chunrong; GUAN Yonggang; LIU Weidong

    2016-01-01

    The nozzle ablation process is described as two phases of heat and ablation in the interruption for an SF6 circuit breaker in this paper.Their mathematical models are established with the Fourier heat conduction differential equation respectively.The masses of nozzle ablation with different arc durations and arc currents are calculated through the model of the nozzle ablation combined with an MHD (magneto-hydrodynamic) arc model.The time of the temperature rise on the inner surface of the nozzle under a given energy flux and of reaching the pyrolysis temperature under different energy fluxes is respectively analyzed.The relations between the mass of nozzle ablation and breaking current and arc duration are obtained.The result shows that the absorbing energy process before the nozzle ablation can be neglected under the condition of the energy flux entering into nozzle q > 109 W/m2.The ablation is the severest during the high-current phase and the ablation mass increases rapidly with the breaking current and with arc duration respectively.

  5. Transient Studies in Large Offshore Wind Farms Employing Detailed Circuit Breaker Representation

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Switching overvoltages (SOV are considered a possible source of component failures experienced in existing offshore wind farms (OWFs. The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main electrical components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in order to ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory. A user-defined model of the vacuum circuit breaker (VCB is included in both tools, capable of simulating multiple prestrikes during the closing operation. An analysis of the switching transients that might occur in OWFs will be made on the basis of the validated model, and the importance of the inclusion of a sufficiently accurate representation of the VCB in the simulation tool will be described. The inclusion of the VCB model in PSCAD greatly improves the simulation results, whereas little improvement is found in DigSILENT. Based on the transient study it is found that the simulated SOV can be up to 60% higher at the sending end when using the detailed VCB representation compared to the built-in switch, which emphasises the need for accurate representation of the VCB for energisation studies.

  6. The Influence of Contact Space on Arc Commutation Process in Air Circuit Breaker

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    Niu, Chunping; Ding, Juwen; Yang, Fei; Dong, Delong; Rong, Mingzhe; Xu, Dan

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a 3D magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) arc simulation model is applied to analyze the arc motion during current interruption in a certain air circuit breaker (ACB). The distributions of pressure, temperature, gas flow and current density of the arc plasma in the arc region are calculated, and the factors influencing the commutation process are analyzed according to the calculated results. Based on the airflow in the arc chamber, the causes of arc commutation asynchrony and the back commutation are investigated. It indicates that a reasonable contact space design is crucial to a successful arc commutation process. To verify the simulation results, the influence of contact space on arc voltage and arc commutation is tested. This research can provide methods and references to the optimization of ACB design. supported by National Key Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (Nos. 2015CB251002, 6132620303) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51221005, 51377128, 51577144), and Science and Technology Project Through Grid State Corporation (No. SGSNKYOOKJJS1501564)

  7. Insulation co-ordination aspects for power stations with generator circuit-breakers

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    The generator circuit-breaker (gen. c.b.) located between the generator and the step-up transformer, is now being applied world-wide. It has become a recognized electrical component of power stations which is largely due to economical advantages and increased power station availability. Technical protection considerations for power stations have always been the reason for discussion and the object of improvement. With the use of a gen. c.b., some points of view need to be considered anew. Not only the protection system in case of fault conditions will be influenced, but also the insulation co-ordination philosophy. Below the results of some calculations concerning expected overvoltages are presented. These calculations are based on a transformer rated 264/15.5kV, 220 MVA. But the results are transferable to other power plants. Some measurements carried out on a transformer of the same rating complement the calculations. The findings may contribute to an improvement in insulation co-ordination and protection of the electrical system generator--step-up transformer

  8. IE Information Notice No. 85-16: Time/current trip curve discrepancy of ITE/Siemens-Allis molded case circuit breaker

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    The staff recently received information from the Seabrook Nuclear Station describing a deficiency of the magnetic instantaneous trip element in the ITE-Siemens-Allis HE-3-M040 molded-case circuit breaker. These circuit breakers were housed in electrical panels supplied by Gould, Inc., Westminister, Maryland. The deficiency was discovered during the testing of an incoming shipment of these breakers. Specifically, the licensee reported that testing of an incoming shipment of 15 of these ITE/Siemens-Allis circuit breakers revealed that 10 of the 15 failed to pass the instantaneous magnetic overcurrent trip test. The pickup current values for the failed trip elements were higher than the published ITE time-current curve for this type of circuit breaker. However, the licensee also reports that approximately 75 of the same model of ITE/Siemens-Allis circuit breakers supplied in previous shipments have rested satisfactorily. Further investigation into the problem by the manufacturer led to the conclusion that the time-current trip range should be 600 to 1,000 amperes and not 400 to 700 amperes as previously published by the manufacturer. The manufacturer is now reissuing a new set of correct time-current curves that reflect the trip range of 600 to 1,000 amperes

  9. The Capability of 500kV Circuit Breaker for Interruption of Short Circuit Current with a Large D.C. Component

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    Kobayashi, Takayuki; Eto, Atsushi; Koshizuka, Tadashi; Nishiwaki, Susumu; Kudo, Kietsu; Matsushita, Kozo; Hosokawa, Osamu

    The time constants of the D.C. component of asymmetrical fault current are trend to increase. It is said that interruption capability of gas circuit breaker degrades at asymmetrical current interruption. This paper shows the investigation of the interruption capability of 550kV one-break SF6 gas circuit breaker at asymmetrical current interruption. Interrupting tests of asymmetrical current with time constant 100ms, 150ms were carried out in high power laboratory. At the interrupting tests, arcing time was changed due to the time constant of the D.C. component. From the interrupting test results, arc energy was calculated. Degradation of the interrupting capability at asymmetrical current interruption was investigated by using measured arc energy.

  10. NRC Information No. 88-42: Circuit breaker failures due to loose charging spring motor mounting bolts

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    There are two emergency diesel generators (EDGs) at North Anna Unit 2 (H and J). On May 19, 1988, following completion of scheduled preventive maintenance, the ''J'' EDG failed to pick up and carry the required load during preoperational testing. The licensee then shut down the ''J'' EDG and performed unplanned corrective maintenance. The licensee's technical specifications require that the operable EDG be tested within 24 hours if the inoperable EDG is inoperable due to any cause other than preplanned preventive maintenance or testing; thus, because of the unplanned maintenance on the ''J'' EDG the licensee tested the ''H'' EDG. During this test, the ''J'' EDG output circuit breaker (ITE Type 5HK) failed to close. The licensee's investigation determined that the ''H'' EDG output breaker closing spring had not been charged because the charging spring motor mounting bolts had become loose, allowing the motor to become detached from the frame. A similar occurrence was previously reported by Philadelphia Electric Company (the Limerick Units 1 and 2 licensee) on August 27, 1984. During an EDG preoperational test, the charging spring motor of a BBC Brown Boveri, Inc. 5HK breaker failed to perform its intended function. The licensee determined that three out of four horizontal charging spring motor mounting bolts had loosened, allowing the charging spring motor to rotate. Loose charging spring motor mounting bolts may be a generic concern. Because of changes in corporate name, mergers etc., circuit breakers similar to those discussed may indicate manufacture by ITE, ITE Imperial, Gould, Brown Boveri, or a combination thereof

  11. Numerical Prediction on the Thermal Interrupting Capability of HV SF6 Gas Circuit Breakers%Numerical Prediction on the Thermal Interrupting Capability of HV SF6Gas Circuit Breakers

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    MU Jingwei; GUO Jin; DENG Xiang'e

    2013-01-01

    The design technology for HV SF6 gas circuit breakers is very demanding.A numerical method for prediction of the thermal interruption capability of SF6 gas circuit breakers is established based on the two-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) model and a commercial CFD(computational fluid dynamics) software,FLUENT.Nozzle ablation effect is considered by introducing an independent mass conservation equation for the ablated material to the overall conservation equations of mass,momentum,and energy.The ohmic heating and the radiation of the electric arc are considered in the model by adding relevant source terms.To predict the thermal interruption capability,the arc conductance 200 ns before current zero is used as an indicator.The CFD model is applied for the high current arcing phase,and Mayr arc model is used near the current zero period.The arc conductance at 200 ns before current zero(G200) for various arcing periods are computed by the present method.It shows that there exist a limit of the G200.For those whose arcing periods are within the arcing window,the related G200 are below the limit,therefore result a successful current interruption,and vice versa.The validation of the developed computer simulation tool is therefore verified.The numerical prediction by the simulation tool is verified by the direct interrupting test of 550 kV gas circuit breaker (GCB).The developed computer simulation tool was applied in the design of a 550 kV GCB.Significant benefits have been achieved in terms of both the cost saving and shorten of the development cycle.

  12. Technical-economic evaluation of the utilization of closing resistor in CEMIG extra-high voltage circuit breakers

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    Rocha, Angelica C.O.; Pinto, Roberto del Giudice R.; Teixeira, Jose Cleber; Fonseca, Rodrigo Assuncao; F. Junior, Sebastiao V. [Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (CEMIG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    1994-12-31

    This paper presents the technical and economic studies performed by CEMIG, Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais, Brazil, concerning the use of closing resistor in its extra-high voltage (EHV) breakers. The analysis emphasizes the advantages which could be achieved with the elimination of the resistor as far as costs and reliability are concerned. This evaluation was motivated by two 500 kV breaker failures resulting from the breakdown of the closing resistor operation mechanism. These occurrences resulted in operative restriction for CEMIG EHV system. The analysis demanded a review of the capability criteria of silicon carbide (Si C) gap arresters, which are still greatly used in CEMIG EHV System, and of the procedures to be applied when carrying out the transient studies. The investigation resulted in the prompt removal of closing resistors from circuit breakers in CEMIG extra-high voltage system generating an economy of approximately U$ 840,00 and an improvement in safety and system reliability. (author) 13 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Approach for electrodynamic force for compensation in low voltage circuit breaker WP 630-1.2 type

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    LU Na; XU L.J.; Miedzi(n)ski B.

    2007-01-01

    Undesirable repulsive force between contact members due to both a current path shrink near a real contact area and/or so-called pinch effect is particularly onerous for power switch applications, and results in either contact floating or bouncing which are associated with an electric arc following contact welding. This problem is of great importance for any circuit breaker especially for compact low voltage vacuum circuit breakers. To avoid contact floating at closure and during any inrush current under short circuit conditions, the electrodynamic repulsive force can be employed successfully if we use a special compensation system flexibly combined with the contact itself. However to select and design the compensation system properly, its efficiency has to be known. This paper presents an approach to obtain the electrodynamic force value depending on different shaped (rectangular,square, circle and arch) copper plates used in the compensator by using ANSYS for current values 40 kA RMS. Curve-fitting was done according to the calculating results, the optimization designing of compensation unit is based on them.

  14. Simulation of the Process of Arc Energy-Effect in High Voltage Auto-Expansion SF6 Circuit Breaker

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    Rong Mingzhe; Yang Qian; Fan Chunduo

    2005-01-01

    A new magnetic hydro-dynamics (MHD) model of arc in H.V. auto-expansion SF6circuit breaker that takes into consideration nozzle ablation due to both radiation and thermal conduction is presented in this paper. The effect of PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) vapor is considered in the mass, momentum and energy conservation equations of the constructed model. Then,the gas flow fields with and without conduction considered are simulated. By comparing the aforementioned two results, it is indicated that the arc's maximal temperature with conduction considered is 90 percent of that without considering conduction.

  15. Field Experiments on 10 kV Switching Shunt Capacitor Banks Using Ordinary and Phase-Controlled Vacuum Circuit Breakers

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    Wenxia Sima; Mi Zou; Qing Yang; Ming Yang; Licheng Li

    2016-01-01

    During the switching on/off of shunt capacitor banks in substations, vacuum circuit breakers (VCBs) are required to switch off or to switch on the capacitive current. Therefore, the VCBs have to be operated under a harsh condition to ensure the reliability of the equipment. This study presents a complete comparison study of ordinary and phase-controlled VCBs on switching 10 kV shunt capacitor banks. An analytical analysis for switching 10 kV shunt capacitor banks is presented on the basis of ...

  16. 6.9-kV, 63-kA metal-clad switchgear with vacuum circuit breakers for nuclear power plants

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    Based on data of a series of in-house tests made so far and on performance in the field, Toshiba Corporation has developed a metal-clad switchgear with vacuum circuit breakers for nuclear power plants. Metal-clad switchgear for nuclear power plants are required to have high reliability and large capacities. This paper describes results of a series of reliability tests made on the vacuum circuit breaker and resistance to earthquakes of the metal-clad switchgear required for use in a nuclear power plant. 4 refs

  17. Impact of radial external magnetic field on plasma deformation during contact opening in SF6 circuit breakers

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    Abbasi, V.; Gholami, A.; Niayesh, K.

    2012-10-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) transient model is developed to investigate plasma current deformation driven by internal and external magnetic fields and their influences on arc stability in a circuit breaker. The 3D distribution of electric current density is obtained by solving the current continuity equation along with the generalized Ohm's law in the presence of an external magnetic field, while the magnetic field induced by the current flowing through the arc column is calculated by the magnetic vector potential equation. The applied external field imposes a rotational electromagnetic force on the arc and influences the plasma current deformation, which is discussed in this paper. In SF6 circuit breakers when gas interacts with the arc column, the fundamental equations such as Ampere's law, Ohm's law, turbulence model, transport equations of mass, momentum, and energy of plasma flow have to be coupled for analysing the phenomenon. The coupled interactions between the arc and the plasma flow are described within the framework of magnetohydrodynamic equations in conjunction with a K-ɛ turbulence model. Simulations are focused on sausage and kink instabilities in the plasma (these phenomena are related to the electromagnetic field distribution and define the plasma deformations). The 3D simulation reveals the relation between plasma current deformation and instability phenomena, which affects the arc stability during the operation. Plasma current deformation is a consequence of coupling between electromagnetic forces (resulting from internal and radial external magnetic fields) and the plasma flow that are described in the simulations.

  18. A comparative study of arc behaviour in an auto-expansion circuit breaker with different arc durations

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    A computational study of the thermal interruption performance of a 145 kV, 60 Hz auto-expansion circuit breaker has been carried out. The pressure peak in the expansion volume has a delay of 2.8–3.4 ms with reference to the current peak when the arc duration varies. A reasonable indicator of the interruption environment is the average mass flux in the main nozzle. The short arc duration case (12.25 ms) is the most difficult case with the lowest critical rate of rise of recovery voltage (RRRV) of 10 kV µs−1, just above the initial system applied RRRV of 9 kV µs−1. This is a result of an insufficient gas flow cross sectional area between the live contact and the main nozzle to develop rapid gas flow for arc cooling. The auxiliary nozzle plays two roles. It provides blockage in the high current phase to reduce gas exhaustion from the main nozzle into the hollow contact; after current zero the hollow contact shares a considerable portion of the system recovery voltage, especially for the short arc duration case (36%). Therefore the proper design and use of an auxiliary nozzle is key to enhancing the thermal interruption capability of high voltage auto-expansion circuit breakers. (paper)

  19. Sheath expansion and plasma dynamics in the presence of electrode evaporation: Application to a vacuum circuit breaker

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    During the postarc dielectric recovery phase in a vacuum circuit breaker, a cathode sheath forms and expels the plasma from the electrode gap. The success or failure of current breaking depends on how efficiently the plasma is expelled from the electrode gap. The sheath expansion in the postarc phase can be compared to sheath expansion in plasma immersion ion implantation except that collisions between charged particles and atoms generated by electrode evaporation may become important in a vacuum circuit breaker. In this paper, we show that electrode evaporation plays a significant role in the dynamics of the sheath expansion in this context not only because charged particle transport is no longer collisionless but also because the neutral flow due to evaporation and temperature gradients may push the plasma toward one of the electrodes. Using a hybrid model of the nonequilibrium postarc plasma and cathode sheath coupled with a direct simulation Monte Carlo method to describe collisions between heavy species, we present a parametric study of the sheath and plasma dynamics and of the time needed for the sheath to expel the plasma from the gap for different values of plasma density and electrode temperatures at the beginning of the postarc phase. This work constitutes a preliminary step toward understanding and quantifying the risk of current breaking failure of a vacuum arc.

  20. Impact of radial external magnetic field on plasma deformation during contact opening in SF6 circuit breakers

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    A three-dimensional (3D) transient model is developed to investigate plasma current deformation driven by internal and external magnetic fields and their influences on arc stability in a circuit breaker. The 3D distribution of electric current density is obtained by solving the current continuity equation along with the generalized Ohm's law in the presence of an external magnetic field, while the magnetic field induced by the current flowing through the arc column is calculated by the magnetic vector potential equation. The applied external field imposes a rotational electromagnetic force on the arc and influences the plasma current deformation, which is discussed in this paper. In SF6 circuit breakers when gas interacts with the arc column, the fundamental equations such as Ampere's law, Ohm's law, turbulence model, transport equations of mass, momentum, and energy of plasma flow have to be coupled for analysing the phenomenon. The coupled interactions between the arc and the plasma flow are described within the framework of magnetohydrodynamic equations in conjunction with a K-ε turbulence model. Simulations are focused on sausage and kink instabilities in the plasma (these phenomena are related to the electromagnetic field distribution and define the plasma deformations). The 3D simulation reveals the relation between plasma current deformation and instability phenomena, which affects the arc stability during the operation. Plasma current deformation is a consequence of coupling between electromagnetic forces (resulting from internal and radial external magnetic fields) and the plasma flow that are described in the simulations.

  1. Feasibility analysis of a novel hybrid-type superconducting circuit breaker in multi-terminal HVDC networks

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    Khan, Umer Amir; Lee, Jong-Geon; Seo, In-Jin; Amir, Faisal; Lee, Bang-Wook

    2015-11-01

    Voltage source converter-based HVDC systems (VSC-HVDC) are a better alternative than conventional thyristor-based HVDC systems, especially for developing multi-terminal HVDC systems (MTDC). However, one of the key obstacles in developing MTDC is the absence of an adequate protection system that can quickly detect faults, locate the faulty line and trip the HVDC circuit breakers (DCCBs) to interrupt the DC fault current. In this paper, a novel hybrid-type superconducting circuit breaker (SDCCB) is proposed and feasibility analyses of its application in MTDC are presented. The SDCCB has a superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) located in the main current path to limit fault currents until the final trip signal is received. After the trip signal the IGBT located in the main line commutates the current into a parallel line where DC current is forced to zero by the combination of IGBTs and surge arresters. Fault simulations for three-, four- and five-terminal MTDC were performed and SDCCB performance was evaluated in these MTDC. Passive current limitation by SFCL caused a significant reduction of fault current interruption stress in the SDCCB. It was observed that the DC current could change direction in MTDC after a fault and the SDCCB was modified to break the DC current in both the forward and reverse directions. The simulation results suggest that the proposed SDCCB could successfully suppress the DC fault current, cause a timely interruption, and isolate the faulty HVDC line in MTDC.

  2. IE Information Notice No. 85-64: BBC Brown Boveri low-voltage K-line circuit breakers, with deficient overcurrent trip devices models OD-4 and 5

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    On May 13, 1985, BBC Brown Boveri Inc. (BBC) made a 10 CFR Part 21 report to the NRC concerning a deficiency in the Models OD-4 and OD-5 overcurrent trip devices installed on K-line circuit breakers. The affected breakers were manufactured by BBC from October 1983 to March 1985 and may have incorrect short time delay band levers (links) installed in electromechanical overcurrent trip device models OD-4 and OD-5. The incorrect link could limit the travel of the short time armature and cause the short time element to be inoperative in the maximum (MAX) band. The May 13, 1985, report recommended that all K-line circuit breakers with the OD-4 and OD-5 overcurrent trip devices and any spare OD-4 and OD-5 overcurrent trip devices that were manufactured between October 1983 and March 1985, be inspected for an incorrect short time delay band link. Licensees known by BBC to have purchased K-line breakers or spare OD-4 or OD-5 overcurrent trip devices were notified of the possible defect and instructions provided for their inspection. Enclosed is a list of utilities and related facilities that were notified by BBC. However, BBC advised the NRC that there is a possibility that other utilities could be using K-line circuit breakers with the suspect OD-4 and OD-5 overcurrent trip devices. Therefore, all licensees are being notified of this possible defect

  3. Circuit-Breaker Lightning Accident Analysis Under Electrified State%热备用状态下的断路器雷击事故分析

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    王乃会; 邢大鹏; 汪德荣; 曾丽

    2012-01-01

    Via analysis to a burnt-down circuit-breaker accident taking place after certain substation undergoing lightning overvoltage, the main cause of circuit breakers undergoing lightning overvoltage damage under electrified state was that overvoltage all round radiation took place at the end of open circuit to make overvoltage raise in great scale. There are two ways such as to raise a circuit breaker itself with standing overvoltage capacity, to strengthen overvoltage protection and to strengthen safety and reliability of circuit breakers.%通过对某变电站遭受雷击过电压后发生的断路器烧毁事故进行分析,得出处于热备用状态下的断路器遭受雷电过电压损坏的主要原因是过电压在开路末端发生过电压全发射,造成过电压大幅度提高。可通过提高断路器本身耐受过电压能力和加强过电压保护两方面来加强断路器的安全性和可靠性。

  4. Summary of CIGRE 13.06 Working Group world wide reliability data and maintenence cost data on high voltage circuit breakers above 63 kV

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    Colombo, E.; Dialynas, E.; Heising, C.; Janssen, A.; Lanz, W.

    1995-06-01

    A summary is given of the most significant reliability data and maintenance cost data from the two CIGRE 13.06 Working Group world wide reliability surveys of the reliabilityof high voltage circuit breakers 63 kV and above. The first enquiry covered the years 1974 thru 1977 and included all interrupting technologies. The second enquiry covered the years 1988 thru 1991 and only included single pressure SF6 breakers. A description is given of the scope and objectives of the CIGRE 13.06 Working Group. A brief description is given of some of the highlights from their studies.

  5. Comparison of some models of reaction kinetics in HV circuit breakers with SF6 after current zero

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    Bartlová, M.; Coufal, O.

    2002-12-01

    In this paper, the solutions of three models of reaction kinetics in HV circuit breakers with SF6 after current zero are presented and compared. One model has been proposed by Bartlová, the co-author of this paper, the other two models under comparison have been taken over from the literature. In all the three models a constant pressure p(t) = 4 atm and the same dependence of temperature on time T(t) are assumed. For the description of the relation between equilibrium and kinetic composition in a system, the concept of asymptotic composition is introduced. A comparison of the composition and enthalpy of the products of SF6 dissociation and ionization for the given pressure and T(t) is made. General conclusions have been derived from the comparison.

  6. On the formal correctness of the reaction kinetics model and its solution in HV circuit breakers after current zero

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    Coufal, O.; Sezemský, P.

    2001-07-01

    Five necessary conditions for the so-called formal correctness of solutions of kinetic equations are formulated, which form a mathematical model of the reaction kinetics in HV circuit breakers after current zero for a given time-dependence of temperature and a given time-dependence of pressure or volume. The conditions are based on the mass action law, knowledge obtained from mathematical analysis of a system of ordinary differential equations, the principles of numerical analysis and the equilibrium-state principle of thermodynamics. Concrete solutions of kinetic equations are given and analysed for the products of SF6 dissociation and ionization. Two models are considered. In one model, the temperature drops from 10 000 to 2500 K, in the other it drops from 12 000 K to room temperature. A comparison of the time-dependent composition with the equilibrium composition is offered for both models.

  7. Numerical Analysis of the Arc Plasma in a Simplified Low-voltage Circuit Breaker Chamber with Ferromagnetic Materials

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    Wu Yi; Rong Mingzhe; Yang Qian; Hu Guangxia

    2005-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the simulation of the arc plasma in a simplified low-voltage circuit breaker chamber. Based on a group of coupled governing equations, a three-dimensional (3-D) arc plasma model is built and solved by a modified commercial code. Firstly, this paper presents a solution of the stationary state of the arc plasma and discusses the distribution of some parameters throughout the chamber. Secondly, with the ferromagnetic materials included,the balance of the stationary state is broken and a transient course is calculated. In light of the simulation results, the temperature distribution sequence, the arc motion and the plasma jet are then described and analyzed in detail.

  8. Switching unit for SF6 circuit breaker with rotating arc 24 kV, 16 kA

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    This paper provides the basis for the mathematical model, by which the magnetic field in the arc paths points at the moment when the current passes through zero (0) is determined. The presented model takes into consideration the real geometry of the switching unit and the medium where the arc extinction process has occurred. Based on the mathematical model, a numerical procedure for optimal designing of switching unit for SF6 circuit breakers with rotating arc of 24 kV, 16 kA has been developed. Developing and type testing made in 'Energoinvest' from Sarajevo and 'CESI' from Milan, have confirmed the conformity of the results received by the mathematical model and experiment. (Author)

  9. Transient Studies in Large Offshore Wind Farms, Tak-ing Into Account Network/Circuit Breaker Interaction

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    Glasdam, Jakob; Bak, Claus Leth; Hjerrild, Jesper;

    2011-01-01

    ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory, where a user-defined model of the vacuum circuit breaker (VCB) is included, capable of simulating multiple prestrikes during the closing operation......Switching overvoltages (SOV) are considered a possible source of experienced component failures in existing offshore wind farms (OWFs). The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in order to....... An analysis of the switching transients that might occur in an OWF will be made on basis of the validated model and the importance of the inclusion of a sufficient accurate representation of the VCB in the simulation tool will be described. The inclusion of the VCB model in PSCAD greatly improves the...

  10. Vpliv sten ob kontaktih z oblokom na izklopno zmogljivost nizkonapetostnega odklopnika: The influence of lateral walls near arcing contacts on breaking capacity of low-voltage circuit-breaker:

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    Bizjak, Martin

    2009-01-01

    The breaking capacity of low-voltage circuit breaker is closely related to thedevelopment of arc voltage and its magnizude during breaking of short-circuits current. The magnitude of let-through current shall be reduced and the joule integral minimized as well in order to achieve significant current-limiting effect of circuit breaker. Current limiting requires the magnitude of arc voltage to increase in the sufficirntly short time interval to the relatively stationary value above the certain ...

  11. Influence of residual plasma drift velocity on the post-arc sheath expansion of vacuum circuit breakers

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    Mo, Yongpeng; Shi, Zongqian; Bai, Zhibin; Jia, Shenli; Wang, Lijun

    2016-05-01

    The residual plasma in the inter-contact region of a vacuum circuit breaker moves towards the post-arc cathode at current zero, because the residual plasma mainly comes from the cathode spots during the arc burning process. In the most previous theoretical researches on the post-arc sheath expansion process of vacuum circuit breakers, only the thermal motion of residual plasma was taken into consideration. Alternately, the residual plasma was even assumed to be static at the moment of current zero in some simplified models. However, the influence of residual plasma drift velocity at current zero on the post-arc sheath expansion process was rarely investigated. In this paper, this effect is investigated by a one-dimensional particle-in-cell model. Simulation results indicate that the sheath expands slower with higher residual plasma drift velocity in the initial sheath expansion stage. However, with the increase of residual plasma drift velocity, the overall plasma density in the inter-contact region decreases faster, and the sheath expansion velocity increases earlier. Consequently, as a whole, it needs shorter time to expel the residual plasma from the inter-contact region. Furthermore, if the residual plasma drift velocity is high enough, the sheath expansion process ceases before it develops to the post-arc anode. Besides, the influence of the collisions between charges and neutrals is investigated as well in terms of the density of metal vapor. It shows that the residual plasma drift velocity takes remarkable effect only if the density of the metal vapor is relatively low, which corresponds to the circumstance of low-current interruptions.

  12. 大容量发电机出口断路器选择%Circuit Breakers Selection Method for Large-capacity AC High-voltage Generator

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    张爽

    2011-01-01

    针对大容量发电机出口断路器的选择问题,依据GB/T 14824-2008、IEEE Std C37.013-1997和IEC 60909-0-2001中的计算方法,并结合发电机出口断路器型式试验报告的有关数据,以某百万千瓦级发电机组为例进行了比较计算,分析计算结果,提出了对发电机出口短路器短路电流开断能力不能采用百分比而应采用绝对值进行校验.%For selecting large-capacity AC high-voltage generator circuit breakers in a large generator system, comparative calculations are conducted for a million kilowatts rated generator following the standards of GB/T 14824-2008, IEEE Std C37.013-1997 and IEC 60909-0-2001. The calculation results and the test reports of generator circuit breakers are analyzed, and a suggestion is hence offered that absolute value of short-circuit current should be used for examining the short-circuit current breaking capacity of an AC high-voltage generator circuit breaker instead of percentage value.

  13. Field Experiments on 10 kV Switching Shunt Capacitor Banks Using Ordinary and Phase-Controlled Vacuum Circuit Breakers

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    Wenxia Sima

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available During the switching on/off of shunt capacitor banks in substations, vacuum circuit breakers (VCBs are required to switch off or to switch on the capacitive current. Therefore, the VCBs have to be operated under a harsh condition to ensure the reliability of the equipment. This study presents a complete comparison study of ordinary and phase-controlled VCBs on switching 10 kV shunt capacitor banks. An analytical analysis for switching 10 kV shunt capacitor banks is presented on the basis of a reduced circuit with an ungrounded neutral. A phase selection strategy for VCBs to switch 10 kV shunt capacitor banks is proposed. Switching on current waveforms and switching off overvoltage waveforms with, and without, phase selection were measured and discussed by field experiments in a 110 kV substation in Chongqing, China. Results show that the operation of phase-controlled VCBs for 10 kV switching shunt capacitor banks is stable, and phase-controlled VCBs can be used to implement the 10 kV switching on/off shunt capacitor banks to limit the transient overvoltage and overcurrent. The values of overvoltage and inrush current using phase-controlled VCBs are all below those with ordinary VCBs.

  14. Application of Fast Vacuum Circuit Breaker in Electric System%快速真空断路器在电力系统中的应用

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    艾绍贵; 马奎; 吴旭涛; 孙丽琼

    2016-01-01

    介绍了涡流驱动型快速真空断路器的原理,分析了目前配网消弧消谐、故障选线及触电防护、电网短路电流限制、串联补偿及变压器直流偏磁抑制等技术的现状和存在的问题。根据快速真空断路器特点,提出了解决相关技术问题的方法,阐述了相关装置的结构、试验及应用情况,并对快速真空断路器在电力系统中的应用进行了展望。%Introduction was made to the principle of eddy current forced fast vacuum circuit breaker. Analysis was made to the technolo-gies used and problems existing including arc and resonance elimination, fault line selection and electric shock protection, grid short-circuit current limitation, series compensation and transformer direct current magnetic bias suppression etc technologies in distribution network at present. According to the characteristic of fast vacuum circuit breaker, the solution method of those problems was proposed. This paper ex-pounded the structure, experiment and application of the relevant device. The further application of the circuit breaker is prospected.

  15. Selection of Circuit Breaker at the Outlet of LV Diesel Generator%低压柴油发电机出口处断路器的选择

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    蒋炜栋; 王坚

    2013-01-01

    介绍柴油发电机短路电流的计算方法;计算某柴油发电机的短路电流;利用计算结果选择此柴油发电机出口处断路器。%This paper introduces the calculation method of short circuit current of diesel generator, calculates the short circuit current of the diesel generator, and selects the circuit breaker at the outlet of diesel generator based on the calculation results.

  16. Numerical study of turbulence-influence mechanism on arc characteristics in an air direct current circuit breaker

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    Wu, Mingliang; Yang, Fei; Rong, Mingzhe; Wu, Yi; Qi, Yang; Cui, Yufei; Liu, Zirui; Guo, Anxiang

    2016-04-01

    This paper focuses on the numerical investigation of arc characteristics in an air direct current circuit breaker (air DCCB). Using magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) theory, 3D laminar model and turbulence model are constructed and calculated. The standard k-epsilon model is utilized to consider the turbulence effect in the arc chamber of the DCCB. Several important phenomena are found: the arc column in the turbulence-model case is more extensive, moves much more slowly than the counterpart in the laminar-model case, and shows stagnation at the entrance of the chamber, unlike in the laminar-model case. Moreover, the arc voltage in the turbulence-model case is much lower than in the laminar-model case. However, the results in the turbulence-model case show a much better agreement with the results of the breaking experiments under DC condition than in the laminar-model case, which is contradictory to the previous conclusions from the arc researches of both the low-voltage circuit breaker and the sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) nozzle. First, in the previous air-arc research of the low-voltage circuit breaker, it is assumed that the air plasma inside the chamber is in the state of laminar, and the laminar-model application gives quite satisfactory results compared with the experiments, while in this paper, the laminar-model application works badly. Second, the turbulence-model application in the arc research of the SF6-nozzle performs much better and gives higher arc voltage than the laminar-model application does, whereas in this paper, the turbulence-model application predicts lower arc voltage than the laminar-model application does. Based on the analysis of simulation results in detail, the mechanism of the above phenomena is revealed. The transport coefficients are strongly changed by turbulence, which will enhance the arc diffusion and make the arc volume much larger. Consequently, the arc appearance and the distribution of Lorentz force in the turbulence-model case

  17. Evaluation of Thermal Interruption Capability in SF6 Gas Circuit Breakers with Re-ignition Voltage and its Application to Experimental Design

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    Urai, Hajime; Ooshita, Youichi; Koizumi, Makoto; Tsukushi, Masanori

    Thermal interruption characteristics of SF6 gas circuit breakers were investigated by voltage measurements around current zero. We found that re-ignition peak voltage in the case of an interruption failure could effectively indicate the thermal interruption capability. The efficiency of interruption to puffer pressure could also be evaluated by analyzing the dependency of re-ignition peak voltage on puffer pressure. This technique was applied to experimental design based on the Taguchi method. We successfully optimized the balance of the puffer pressure build-up performance and thermal interruption efficiency to puffer pressure. Finally we demonstrated that a small size research circuit breaker with self-blast interrupter was able to successfully clear the 90% short line fault interruption duty corresponding to 50kA rating in the thermal interruption region.

  18. Mechanical Fault Diagnosis of High Voltage Circuit Breakers Based on Wavelet Time-Frequency Entropy and One-Class Support Vector Machine

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    Nantian Huang; Huaijin Chen; Shuxin Zhang; Guowei Cai; Weiguo Li; Dianguo Xu; Lihua Fang

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical faults of high voltage circuit breakers (HVCBs) are one of the most important factors that affect the reliability of power system operation. Because of the limitation of a lack of samples of each fault type; some fault conditions can be recognized as a normal condition. The fault diagnosis results of HVCBs seriously affect the operation reliability of the entire power system. In order to improve the fault diagnosis accuracy of HVCBs; a method for mechanical fault diagnosis of HVCBs...

  19. The 6.9-kV, 60-kA, metal-enclosed switchgear with Magne-blast circuit breaker

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    Intended for use in thermal or atomic power plants with large capacity, metal-enclosed switchgear incorporating a ''Magne-blast'' circuit breaker rated 6.9 kV, 60 kA, 750 MVA, has been worked out. Their ratings, characteristic features, construction and test results are described here. The development of aseismatic metal-enclosed switchgear with specifications peculiar to atomic power plants is also going on with good results. (auth.)

  20. 带电测量断路器接触电阻方法的研究%Design of Electriifed Measuring Contact Resistance in Circuit Breakers

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    陈杏灿; 程汉湘; 彭湃; 冼冀

    2015-01-01

    This paper presented a new real-time measuring method for the contact resistance of the operated circuit breakers. A pair of potential transformer worked in parallel to measure indirectly the voltage difference on the two terminals of the circuit breaker, while the currents lfowing through circuit breakers were measured by current transformers. The result of contact resistance could be obtained based on Ohm Law. The analysis shows that this method could not only guarantee the isolation between control system and strong current, but also measure the contact resistance in real time, which would effectively prevent circuit breakers accidents.%提出了一种可对运行中的断路器实时测量其接触电阻的新方法。通过两个电压互感器采集断路器两端对地电压,求得断路器两端的电压差,同时测得流过断路器的电流,根据欧姆定律即可得接触电阻。分析表明,该方法可在保证测量系统与高压隔离的前提下,实时带电测量断路器的接触电阻。对预防断路器的安全事故,保证断路器可靠运行具有重要意义。

  1. Breakdown sequence in SF6 at pressures up to 8 bar in a geometry representative of a circuit-breaker

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    Espel, P.; Gibert, A.; Domens, P.; Paillol, J.; Riquel, G.

    2001-02-01

    Breakdown sequence in SF6 of an electrode arrangement which represents the contacts of a circuit-breaker is investigated at pressures up to 8 bar under positive impulse voltages. The Schlieren frames point out the role played by the cathode as a source emitting electrons by field effect emission. Photomultiplier records demonstrated, at Pd = 2 bar, that the discharge's formative time strongly decreases: from 1 µs at pressure lower than Pd, down to 150 ns at pressure higher than Pd. A change in the discharge regime is associated with this transition. An experimental investigation, using photomultipliers and Schlieren devices, allows us to describe both breakdown sequences. At low pressures, there is a critical volume at the anode. Nevertheless, it is a negative discharge which is responsible for the breakdown although the geometrical electrical field at the cathode boundary is about 60 kV cm-1. At high pressures, there is no critical volume. However, a positive discharge develops across the gap. Physical considerations taking into account the electron energy are proposed to explain the mechanisms involved in both types of discharge.

  2. Simulation of the Arc Behavior in Puffer-type High Voltage Circuit Breaker Considering the Influence of Nozzle Ablation

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    JIANG Xu; ZHONG Jianying; ZHANG Youpeng; ZHANG Gaochao; LI Xingwen; JIA Shenli

    2013-01-01

    In order to investigate the influence of nozzle ablation to arc,a 2 D axisymmetric magneto-hydro-dynamics arc model is developed to simulate the arc behavior during the whole interruption process in a puffer type high voltage circuit breaker,considering the nozzle ablating and the mixing process of Polytetrafluoroethylene(PTFE) vapor with SF6.The results show that the arc radius firstly increases and then decreases as arc current varies according to its sinusoida waveform.At 3.5 ms after arc initiation the nozzle ablation starts,and 2.5 ms later the current nearly reaches its peak value and nozzle ablation develops intensely.Meanwhile the nozzle is blocked by arc at this time and consequently the vapor concentration in nozzle reaches the highest.Then while the current decreasing and open distance increaseing the vapor concentration gradually decreases.Before current zero the extinction peak of arc voltage occurs.It indicates that the PTFE vapor enhances pressure rise in arc quenching chamber and strengthens the arc blocking effect on nozzle; the arc radius is wider and arc temperature is lower when nozzle ablation is considered.

  3. Circuit-breakers: optical technologies for probing neural signals and systems.

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    Zhang, Feng; Aravanis, Alexander M; Adamantidis, Antoine; de Lecea, Luis; Deisseroth, Karl

    2007-08-01

    Neuropsychiatric disorders, which arise from a combination of genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences, epitomize the challenges faced in understanding the mammalian brain. Elucidation and treatment of these diseases will benefit from understanding how specific brain cell types are interconnected and signal in neural circuits. Newly developed neuroengineering tools based on two microbial opsins, channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) and halorhodopsin (NpHR), enable the investigation of neural circuit function with cell-type-specific, temporally accurate and reversible neuromodulation. These tools could lead to the development of precise neuromodulation technologies for animal models of disease and clinical neuropsychiatry. PMID:17643087

  4. LMPV circuit breakers: operation of a 15-kA unit with Wendelstein VII A, and laboratory tests of the next breaker generation

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    The heart of the breaker, the liquid-metal plasma valve (LMPV), is a vacuum arc device which combines the most desirable properties of classical liquid-metal arc devices (such as ignitrons and multi-gap, multi-anode mercury valves) with those of classical (solid-cathode) vacuum arc devices (such as triggered vacuum gaps and vacuum interrupters). In this application, current interruption is achieved by forced commutation of the LMPV. Discharge voltage losses are eliminated during most of the current rev-up period by conducting the current, until shortly before interruption, in a relatively simple mechanical bypass switch (MBS) in parallel with the LMPV

  5. AUTOMATED ANALYSIS OF BREAKERS

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    E. M. Farhadzade

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Breakers relate to Electric Power Systems’ equipment, the reliability of which influence, to a great extend, on reliability of Power Plants. In particular, the breakers determine structural reliability of switchgear circuit of Power Stations and network substations. Failure in short-circuit switching off by breaker with further failure of reservation unit or system of long-distance protection lead quite often to system emergency.The problem of breakers’ reliability improvement and the reduction of maintenance expenses is becoming ever more urgent in conditions of systematic increasing of maintenance cost and repair expenses of oil circuit and air-break circuit breakers. The main direction of this problem solution is the improvement of diagnostic control methods and organization of on-condition maintenance. But this demands to use a great amount of statistic information about nameplate data of breakers and their operating conditions, about their failures, testing and repairing, advanced developments (software of computer technologies and specific automated information system (AIS.The new AIS with AISV logo was developed at the department: “Reliability of power equipment” of AzRDSI of Energy. The main features of AISV are:· to provide the security and data base accuracy;· to carry out systematic control of breakers conformity with operating conditions;· to make the estimation of individual  reliability’s value and characteristics of its changing for given combination of characteristics variety;· to provide personnel, who is responsible for technical maintenance of breakers, not only with information but also with methodological support, including recommendations for the given problem solving  and advanced methods for its realization.

  6. STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE LEVEL CURRENT OF THE SHORT CIRCUIT ON RELIABILITY OF THE BREAKERS

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    Erhan F.

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available In the article the analysis of the influence level current of the short circuit of the electrical equipment. It is designed the mathematical model allowing the modeling prototype reliability of the operation electrical equipment installed in nodes of the systems.

  7. Analysis of Decomposition Products Due to Floating Potential Discharge in SF6 Circuit Breaker%SF6断路器内部悬浮电位放电产生的分解产物分析

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    杨韧; 吴水锋; 薛军; 菅永峰; 陈江韩; 孙志恒; 修士新

    2013-01-01

    Abnormal content of SO2 gas was detected in a 126 kV SF6 circuit breaker,which inferred a latent fault in this circuit breaker.Theoretical analysis and disassembling inspection of the circuit breaker indicated that this latent fault was due to floating potential discharge in this circuit breaker.This paper analyses the forming process of floating potential and its influence on the operating characteristics of the circuit breaker.And the generation mechanisms of gaseous and solid decomposition products of SF6 gas under floating potential discharge are discussed.%在某断路器SF6分解产物检测时发现SO2气体体积分数异常,判断该断路器存在潜伏性缺陷.通过理论分析并对断路器进行解体检查,最终判断该断路器的潜伏性缺陷为悬浮电位放电故障.笔者分析了悬浮电位的形成过程及其对断路器的影响,分析了SF6气体在悬浮电位放电下的气体以及固体分解组分的生成机理.

  8. Fundamental properties of high-temperature SF6 mixed with CO2 as a replacement for SF6 in high-voltage circuit breakers

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    Wang, Weizong; Rong, Mingzhe; Wu, Yi; Yan, Joseph D.

    2014-06-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, used widely in high-voltage circuit breakers, can produce a remarkable greenhouse effect if released into the atmosphere. Fundamental properties of SF6 mixed with CO2 at high temperatures are presented in this paper, considering their reduction of adverse impact on the environment as a replacement for pure SF6 in high-voltage circuit breakers: to the knowledge of the authors, related data have not been reported in the literature. The species composition and thermodynamic properties (mass density, enthalpy and specific heat at constant pressure) are determined by the method of Gibbs free energy minimization, using standard thermodynamic tables. The transport properties, including viscosity, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity, are evaluated by using the Chapman-Enskog method expanded up to the third-order approximation (second order for viscosity). Particular attention is paid to the establishment of a collision integral database related to a reacting species system containing basic elements of carbon, oxygen and sulfur as well as fluoride by the use of recent cross sections or interaction potentials available in the literature. The calculations, which assume a local thermodynamic equilibrium, are performed in the temperature range 300 to 30 000 K for different pressures between 0.01 and 1.6 MPa. The results obtained are compared to those of previously published studies, and the reasons for discrepancies are analysed. An evaluation of the current interruption performance by adding CO2 to SF6 is discussed from a microscopic point of view. The results provide reliable reference data for the simulation of switching arcs in high-voltage circuit breakers in SF6-CO2 mixtures.

  9. Fundamental properties of high-temperature SF6 mixed with CO2 as a replacement for SF6 in high-voltage circuit breakers

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    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, used widely in high-voltage circuit breakers, can produce a remarkable greenhouse effect if released into the atmosphere. Fundamental properties of SF6 mixed with CO2 at high temperatures are presented in this paper, considering their reduction of adverse impact on the environment as a replacement for pure SF6 in high-voltage circuit breakers: to the knowledge of the authors, related data have not been reported in the literature. The species composition and thermodynamic properties (mass density, enthalpy and specific heat at constant pressure) are determined by the method of Gibbs free energy minimization, using standard thermodynamic tables. The transport properties, including viscosity, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity, are evaluated by using the Chapman–Enskog method expanded up to the third-order approximation (second order for viscosity). Particular attention is paid to the establishment of a collision integral database related to a reacting species system containing basic elements of carbon, oxygen and sulfur as well as fluoride by the use of recent cross sections or interaction potentials available in the literature. The calculations, which assume a local thermodynamic equilibrium, are performed in the temperature range 300 to 30 000 K for different pressures between 0.01 and 1.6 MPa. The results obtained are compared to those of previously published studies, and the reasons for discrepancies are analysed. An evaluation of the current interruption performance by adding CO2 to SF6 is discussed from a microscopic point of view. The results provide reliable reference data for the simulation of switching arcs in high-voltage circuit breakers in SF6–CO2 mixtures. (paper)

  10. Three-Dimensional Simulation of Plasma Deformation During Contact Opening in a Circuit Breaker, Including the Analysis of Kink Instability and Sausage Instability

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    Vahid ABBASI; Ahmad GHOLAMI; Kaveh NIAYESH

    2012-01-01

    A three-dimensional (3-D) transient model has been developed to investigate plasma deformation driven by a magnetic field and its influence on arc stability in a circuit breaker. The 3-D distribution of electric current density is obtained from a current continuity equation along with the generalized Ohm's law; while the magnetic field induced by the current flowing through the arc column is calculated by the magnetic vector potential equation. When gas interacts with an arc column, fundamental factors, such as Ampere's law, Ohm's law, the turbulence model, transport equations of mass, momentum and energy of plasma flow, have to be coupled for aria- lyzing the phenomenon. The coupled interactions between arc and plasma flow are described in the fl'amework of time-dependent magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations in conjunction with a K-~ turbulence model. Simulations have been focused on sausage and kink instabilities in plasma (these phenomena are related tO pinch effects and electromagnetic fields). The 3-D sjm- ulation reveals the relation between plasma deformation and instability phenomena, which affect arc stability during circuit breaker operation. Plasma deformation is the consequence of coupled interactions between the electromagnetic force and plasma flow described in simulations.

  11. Three-Dimensional Simulation of Plasma Deformation During Contact Opening in a Circuit Breaker, Including the Analysis of Kink Instability and Sausage Instability

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    A three-dimensional (3-D) transient model has been developed to investigate plasma deformation driven by a magnetic field and its influence on arc stability in a circuit breaker. The 3-D distribution of electric current density is obtained from a current continuity equation along with the generalized Ohm's law; while the magnetic field induced by the current flowing through the arc column is calculated by the magnetic vector potential equation. When gas interacts with an arc column, fundamental factors, such as Ampere's law, Ohm's law, the turbulence model, transport equations of mass, momentum and energy of plasma flow, have to be coupled for analyzing the phenomenon. The coupled interactions between arc and plasma flow are described in the framework of time-dependent magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations in conjunction with a K-ε turbulence model. Simulations have been focused on sausage and kink instabilities in plasma (these phenomena are related to pinch effects and electromagnetic fields). The 3-D simulation reveals the relation between plasma deformation and instability phenomena, which affect arc stability during circuit breaker operation. Plasma deformation is the consequence of coupled interactions between the electromagnetic force and plasma flow described in simulations. (plasma technology)

  12. Circuit breakers for addiction.

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    Foy, A

    2007-05-01

    The phenomenon of addiction is complex, although its expression clinically is relatively straightforward. There is a series of neurophysiological changes that mediate changes in the mesolimbic and mesocortical systems which in turn lead to disturbances in reward mechanisms. These then act to perpetuate the cycle of intoxication and reinforcement, withdrawal, craving and compulsive use. As our understanding of the pathophysiology of this process has improved, new pharmacological agents have been developed with the potential to moderate or even reverse it. This article briefly reviews the treatment of addiction with particular reference to emerging pharmaceutical agents. PMID:17504280

  13. SF6断路器中润滑脂过量引起的分解产物分析%Analysis of Decomposition Products by Grease Overdose in SF6 Circuit Breaker

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    杨韧; 吴水锋; 汪金星; 菅永峰; 陈江韩; 孙志恒; 修士新

    2013-01-01

    An abnormal level of CO gas was detected in a 126 kV SF6 circuit breaker when it was beingtested.According to the analysis,potential fault has occurred in this circuit breaker.After chemical analysis and experimental research on the source of the CO gas,we disintegrated the circuit breaker in order to check it.Finally we come to conclusion that the fault was caused by the excessive scribbling of lubricating grease.The paper analyses the lubricating grease's influence on the operating characteristics of circuit breaker and the decomposition products of SF6.%对SF6电气设备检测时发现某126 kV断路器CO气体组分体积分数异常,根据分析,该断路器存在潜伏性故障.通过化学分析以及实验研究对可能产生CO的来源进行了分析,并对断路器进行解体检查,最终判断该断路器潜伏性故障产生的原因为润滑脂过量.笔者通过化学反应机理分析了润滑脂涂敷过量对断路器运行特性及SF6气体分解组分的影响.

  14. Development and testing of a 180-volt dc electronic circuit breaker with a 335-ampere carry and 1200-ampere interrupt rating

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    Brush, A. S.; Phillips, R. L.

    1991-01-01

    NASA Lewis Research Center and associated contractors have conducted a program to assess the potential requirements for a high-current switch to conceptually design a switch using the best existing technology, and to build and demonstrate a breadboard which meets the requirements. The result is the high current remote bus isolator (HRBI). The HRBI is rated at 180 V dc, 335 A continuous with a 1200 A interrupt rating. It also incorporates remote-control and protective features called for by the Space Station Freedom PMAD dc test bed design. Two breadboard 335 A circuit breakers were built and tested that demonstrate a promising concept of paralleled current-limiting modules. The units incorporated all control and protective features required by advanced aerospace power systems. Component stresses in each unit were determined by design, and are consistent with a life of many thousands of fault operations.

  15. Simulation of Arc Rotation and Its Effects on Pressure of Expansion Volume in an Auto-Expansion SF6 Circuit Breaker

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    Zhang, Junmin; Chi, Chengbin; Guan, Yonggang; Liu, Weidong; Wu, Junhui

    2016-03-01

    A 3D Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) arc model in conjunction with an arc movement model is applied to simulate the arc rotation as well as to solve its effect on the pressure in an auto-expansion circuit breaker. The rotation of the arc driven by an external electromagnetic force is simulated in the case with 200 kA of the short circuit current and 16 ms of arc duration. The arc rotating process and the speed of arc rotation have been obtained in the simulation. A comparison of the pressure in the expansion volume with and without an external magnetic field has been carried out based on the calculation results of two cases. The results of the simulation reveal that the arc rotation, which causes more energy exchange between the arc and its surrounding gas, can evidently bring about the pressurization in the expansion volume, which would contribute to more effective arc quenching at current zero and further reducing operation power. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51177005 and 51477004)

  16. Monitoring of circuit breakers and detection of rupture cables through the IEDs - intelligent electronic devices; Monitoracao de disjuntor e deteccao de cabos rompidos atraves de IEDs - dispositivos eletronicos inteligentes

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    Lellys, Denys [Areva T and D Brasil, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Cruz, Jorge; Esteves, Eduardo; Lisboa, Luiz Afonso [Centrais Eletricas do Para (CELPA), Belem, PA (Brazil); Rolim, Joaquim C.; Garrido, Roberto; Silveira, Giordane [Companhia Energetica do Ceara (COELCE), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil)

    2009-04-15

    The advances on digital techniques allowed the inclusion into the modern protection relays, monitoring auxiliary functions of the state of circuit breakers, and the detection of cable rupture, which can reduce the maintenance costs, and increase the operational safety. This article describes in detail those resources, not yet well explored, presenting from the the theoretical base to the practical application and the expected technical and economical results.

  17. Advantages of the synthetic technique for the conduction of short circuit tests to breakers; Ventajas de la tecnica sintetica para realizar pruebas de corto circuito a interruptores

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    Sibilski, Henry [Instituto Electrotecnico de Varsovia, Varsovia (Poland); Ochoa Vivanco, Ruben [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1986-12-31

    In this article the operational principle of the synthetic test is described; specifically of the current injection circuit in parallel. Its utilization in the research and development of new breaker models and its wide possibilities regarding its testing characteristics is outlined. Likewise the different tests that can be performed by means of the synthetic technique are described. Finally the importance of the synthetic tests is outlined for the development of own technology in the area of interruption equipment and emphasis is made that in industrialized countries this technique is of common practice. [Espanol] En este articulo se describe el principio de operacion de la prueba sintetica; especificamente del circuito de inyeccion de corriente en paralelo. Se destaca su utilizacion en la investigacion y desarrollo de nuevos modelos de interruptores y sus amplias posibilidades en cuanto a caracteristicas de prueba. Asimismo, se describen las diferentes pruebas que pueden realizarse mediante la tecnica sintetica. Por ultimo, se destaca la importancia de las pruebas sinteticas para el desarrollo de tecnologia propia en el area de equipos de interrupcion, y se hace notar que en paises desarrollados, esta tecnica es practica comun.

  18. Mechanical Fault Diagnosis of High Voltage Circuit Breakers Based on Wavelet Time-Frequency Entropy and One-Class Support Vector Machine

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical faults of high voltage circuit breakers (HVCBs are one of the most important factors that affect the reliability of power system operation. Because of the limitation of a lack of samples of each fault type; some fault conditions can be recognized as a normal condition. The fault diagnosis results of HVCBs seriously affect the operation reliability of the entire power system. In order to improve the fault diagnosis accuracy of HVCBs; a method for mechanical fault diagnosis of HVCBs based on wavelet time-frequency entropy (WTFE and one-class support vector machine (OCSVM is proposed. In this method; the S-transform (ST is proposed to analyze the energy time-frequency distribution of HVCBs’ vibration signals. Then; WTFE is selected as the feature vector that reflects the information characteristics of vibration signals in the time and frequency domains. OCSVM is used for judging whether a mechanical fault of HVCBs has occurred or not. In order to improve the fault detection accuracy; a particle swarm optimization (PSO algorithm is employed to optimize the parameters of OCSVM; including the window width of the kernel function and error limit. If the mechanical fault is confirmed; a support vector machine (SVM-based classifier will be used to recognize the fault type. The experiments carried on a real SF6 HVCB demonstrated the improved effectiveness of the new approach.

  19. Calculation of radiative properties of SF6-C2F4 thermal plasmas—application to radiative transfer in high-voltage circuit breakers modelling

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    Jan, C.; Cressault, Y.; Gleizes, A.; Bousoltane, K.

    2014-01-01

    Radiative transfer is a key point for accurate simulations of arcs in high voltage circuit breakers where the plasma is mainly composed, at high current, of a mixture of SF6 and PTFE vapours (C2F4 and decomposition products). Assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium, we have built a database of absorption coefficients over almost 300 000 spectral points, for a pressure range between 1 and 100 bar, temperatures from 300 to 50 000 K, and proportions from pure SF6 to pure C2F4. From these data, we have calculated the mean absorption coefficients (MAC) by considering several definitions of the mean coefficient and several spectral ranges or intervals. The choice between the various definitions was operated using a one dimensional radiative transfer model with imposed temperature profiles. The results showed that a combination of a normal average over the molecular continuum at low temperature, with a mixed definition of Planck average at high temperature gives the most accurate results. The optimization of the number of intervals for the definition of the MAC database was performed and showed that the accuracy on the radiative flux and on the divergence of the flux depends on the temperature profile. A good compromise is obtained with five or seven intervals.

  20. Gas breakers for tokamak OHMIC-heating duty

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    The current interrupting capacity of air blast and SF6 breakers is reviewed for application in tokamak ohmic-heating circuits. Particular attention is paid to generator breakers for their large current interrupting capacity and suitability for ohmic-heating circuits

  1. A New Method of Rising the Intensity of Self-Restoring Insulation in Circuit Breaker%一种提高断路器自恢复绝缘强度的新方法

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    刘明光; 颜怀梁

    1999-01-01

    The physical process when a circuit breaker cutsout the arc ofshort-circuit current in a power system is analysed ,and that the neutral point in a system grounds through a special nonlinear grounding resistor is presented in this papepr.The method can restrict the speed of shortcircuit current which flows through zero value.Therefore it raises the intensity of self-restoring insulation and enhances the ability of cutting out short-circuit current in circuit breaker.The calculating result is found to be close to the test one.%当电力系统断路器切断短路电弧时,通过物理分析,提出在系统中性点接入一个特殊的非线性接地电阻的方法.这个方法可以限制短路电流过零点的增长速度,因而可以提高自恢复绝缘强度,增强断路器切断短路电流的能力,计算结果与测试一致.

  2. 46 CFR 28.860 - Overcurrent protection and switched circuits.

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    2010-10-01

    ... circuits having fused disconnect switches or circuit breakers so that only the appropriate navigation... breaker or fuse at the connection to the switchboard or distribution panel bus. (d) Each circuit breaker... steering circuit, each circuit must be protected against both overload and short circuit. Each...

  3. 14 CFR 23.1357 - Circuit protective devices.

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    2010-01-01

    ... circuit breakers, must be installed in all electrical circuits other than— (1) Main circuits of starter... circuit breaker or replace a fuse is essential to safety in flight, that circuit breaker or fuse must be... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Circuit protective devices. 23.1357...

  4. 基于IGBT串联技术的混合式高压直流断路器方案%A Hybrid High Voltage DC Circuit Breaker Design Plan With Series-Connected IGBTs

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    药韬; 温家良; 李金元; 陈中圆

    2015-01-01

    大力发展可再生能源将是解决我国能源资源分布不平衡,电力供需紧张,实现经济可持续发展的必然选择.综合常规直流输电技术和柔性直流输电技术,建立高压直流电网将是解决大规模可再生能源并网问题的有效手段.回顾高压直流断路器的发展历程,介绍当前最新的研究成果,阐明现阶段高压直流断路器将要面临的挑战,分析比较不同类型高压直流断路器的典型拓扑结构、工作原理和优缺点.在此基础上提出一种基于绝缘栅双极型晶体管(insulated gate bipolar transistor,IGBT)串联技术的混合式高压直流断路器方案,详细介绍其拓扑结构、特点和工作原理,基于舟山5端直流工程在PSCAD/EMTDC软件中搭建仿真模型验证了其可行性.%Vigorously developing renewable energy will be an inevitable choice to solve the unbalanced distribution of energy resources, ease the tension between electricity supply and demand, and achieve sustainable economic development in China. To integrate conventional DC transmission technology and flexible DC transmission technology, establishing HVDC grid would be an effective means to solve the problem of large scale grid-connected of renewable energy. In this paper the history of HVDC circuit breaker is reviewed, the latest research results are introduced, the current challenges for HVDC circuit breaker are illustrated. Also the typical topological structure, working principle, advantages and shortcomings of different types of HVDC circuit breaker are analyzed and compared. Based on this, a new hybrid HVDC circuit breaker design with series-connected insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) is presented, and the topology characteristics and its working principles are introduced in details. Zhoushan five-terminal DC transmission system is modeled and simulated in the PSCAD/EMTDC software to verify its feasibility.

  5. Vacuum Dielectric Recovery Characteristics of a Novel Current Limiting Circuit Breaker Base on Artificial Current Zero%新型强迫换流型限流断路器真空介质强度的恢复特性

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    江壮贤; 庄劲武; 王晨; 武瑾; 刘路辉

    2012-01-01

    In order to maintain the reliability of the opening operation of a new vacuum DC current limiting circuit breaker in cutting off short circuit current, the vacuum dielectric recovery after current zero was investigated. An equivalent experiment was designed and set up. Dynamic vacuum dielectric recovery characteristic of the circuit breaker during opening of the vacuum contacts was achieved from experiments results and theoretical deduction. Researching results show that the breakdown voltage of the vacuum interrupter can be improved with less arcing energy and higher contact moving speed; and with the increasing of arcing time the breakdown voltage reduces at first and increases later. These results can be used in the designing of the new vacuum DC circuit breaker.%为了保证新型强迫换流型真空直流限流断路器关断短路电流的可靠性,对该型断路器分断过程的真空介质恢复特性进行研究。设计了与断路器关断过程等效的介质恢复试验方案,通过等效试验结果和理论推演公式的拟合,得到了新型强迫换流型限流断路器真空灭弧室触头打开过程的动态介质强度恢复规律。研究结果表明:减小燃弧能量、提高触头运动速度可提高真空灭弧室介质的临界击穿电压;综合考虑燃弧时间与燃弧能量及触头开距的关系,随着燃弧时间的增加,真空灭弧室临界击穿电压先减小后增大。所得介质恢复规律可以作为新型断路器优化设计的参考依据。

  6. NRC Information Notice No. 93-22: Tripping of Klockner-Moeller molded-case circuit breakers due to support lever failure

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    On July 1, 1992, Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO), licensee for North Anna Power Station (North Anna), Units 1 and 2, reported to the NRC that over a three-month period in 1992, three K-M model NZM6-63, 480-Vac MCCBs had tripped without appreciable load or fault condition or other electrical or mechanical transient. The three failed MCCBs were located in the cable vault and tunnel area of North Anna-2 and supplied power to motor operated valves in the charging and safety injection systems. The switch handles were found in the trip-free position and the breakers could not be relatched and reclosed. Examination of the internals of one of the three failed breakers revealed that its support lever (also described by VEPCO as a ''spring arm''), located in the rear compartment of the case, had fractured. This caused the breaker to trip and to become incapable of being reclosed. The NRC has determined that the support levers only in K-M model NZM6, NZM6b, and NZMH6 MCCBs, rated for 100 amperes and below and manufactured from 1972 on, have been made of the same type of plastic used in the support levers of the MCCBs that failed at North Anna-2

  7. 14 CFR 29.1357 - Circuit protective devices.

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    2010-01-01

    ... circuit protection. (g) Automatic reset circuit breakers may be used as integral protectors for electrical... the position of the operating control. (d) If the ability to reset a circuit breaker or replace a fuse is essential to safety in flight, that circuit breaker or fuse must be located and identified so...

  8. Development of a HVDC prototype breaker. Final report

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    Damsky, B L; Barkan, P; Imam, I; Permerlani, W; Anderson, J M; Carroll, J J; Hudson, J E; Pohl, R V; Solberg, W D; Sharbaugh, A H

    1980-06-01

    The significant design features of a high-voltage dc (HVDC) circuit breaker based on the commutation concept were developed. Tests of components indicate the breaker is capable of interrupting a fault current of 10 kA on a 400 kV system and absorbing up to 10 MJ of system energy without generating more than 1.6 per unit (P.U.) voltage of the system. Interactions of the breaker with a three-terminal network were studied, using a system simulator. An ultrafast hydraulic actuator system was developed for this program which enables the breaker to initiate the current limiting process within 5 ms after receipt of a trip signal. A new hydraulic valve, operated by a repulsion coil, minimizes the delay before motion begins. Interruption will occur in series-connected vacuum interrupters. A 400 kV circuit breaker is estimated to require eight breaks in series. Only a single break was tested as part of this program because of the scale and cost required for multibreak tests. System energy will be absorbed by zinc-oxide-based surge suppressors included as an integral part of the breaker. The overall design is envisioned as a dead tank type using pressurized SF/sub 6/ gas as a dielectric medium. The actuator and all control functions are located at ground potential, with easy access for inspection or adjustment. Operational specifications have been carried over from NEMA standards for ac power circuit breakers where applicable. The cost of one pole of this circuit breaker, when in regular production, has been estimated as two times the cost of a three-phase 500 kV ac circuit breaker.

  9. 14 CFR 25.1357 - Circuit protective devices.

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    2010-01-01

    ... must be designed so that circuit breakers are not the primary means to remove or reset system power unless specifically designed for use as a switch. (g) Automatic reset circuit breakers may be used as...) If the ability to reset a circuit breaker or replace a fuse is essential to safety in flight,...

  10. 14 CFR 27.1357 - Circuit protective devices.

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    2010-01-01

    ... protective devices. (a) Protective devices, such as fuses or circuit breakers, must be installed in each.... (d) If the ability to reset a circuit breaker or replace a fuse is essential to safety in flight, that circuit breaker or fuse must be located and identified so that it can be readily reset or...

  11. 24 CFR 3280.804 - Disconnecting means and branch-circuit protective equipment.

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    2010-04-01

    .... Electrical distribution panels containing circuit breakers shall also be dead-front type. (c) Disconnecting... point of entrance of the supply cord or conductors into the manufactured home. The main circuit breakers... of either circuit breakers or fuses. (1) The branch circuit overcurrent devices shall be rated:...

  12. Application of CF4 Detection to Insulation Fault Diagnosis for Gas Interrupter of Circuit Breaker%CF4检测在气体灭弧室绝缘故障诊断中的应用

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    印华; 唐世宇; 徐韬; 姚强; 何宁

    2012-01-01

    SF6气体分解产物检测在电气设备故障分析中的应用比较广泛,而由于新气中含有一定量的CF4,所以分析重点集中于H2S、SO2、SOF2、SO2F2、HF几种特征气体.笔者将SF6气体分解产物检测技术应用于一起500 kV气体断路器的故障诊断,气体检测结果和解体检查表明断路器喷口发生非正常的电孤烧蚀,在经历较长一段时间后,仅体现在SF6气体中CF4体积分数的显著增加.从而表明,对于SF6气体绝缘电气设备应该定期进行检测气体分解物,对CF4体积分数的增加也应引起足够的重视,注重数据的横向和纵向的分析比较.%Detection technology of SF6 decomposition products has been wildly used in the fault analysis of SF6 insulated power equipments. The detection is focused on the characteristic gases such as H2S,SO2, SOF2,SO2F2 and HF because the new SF6 gas contains CF4. In this paper, the detection technology of SF6 decomposition products is used in a fault diagnosis of 500 kV SF6 circuit breaker. The detection results of SF6 decomposition products show that after a long time only the volume fraction of CF4 in SF6 increases significantly as the nozzle of circuit breaker was abnormally eroded by the arc. Therefore, the SF6 decomposition products ought to be detected periodically, including the volume fraction of CF4. It's also necessary to compare the detection results with the former ones, and with those of other equipments.

  13. One-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation on the influence of electron and ion temperature on the sheath expansion process in the post-arc stage of vacuum circuit breaker

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    Mo, Yongpeng; Shi, Zongqian; Jia, Shenli; Wang, Lijun [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710049 (China)

    2015-02-15

    The inter-contact region of vacuum circuit breakers is filled with residual plasma at the moment when the current is zero after the burning of metal vapor arc. The residual plasma forms an ion sheath in front of the post-arc cathode. The sheath then expands towards the post-arc anode under the influence of a transient recovery voltage. In this study, a one-dimensional particle-in-cell model is developed to investigate the post-arc sheath expansion. The influence of ion and electron temperatures on the decrease in local plasma density at the post-arc cathode side and post-arc anode side is discussed. When the decay in the local plasma density develops from the cathode and anode sides into the high-density region and merges, the overall plasma density in the inter-contact region begins to decrease. Meanwhile, the ion sheath begins to expand faster. Furthermore, the theory of ion rarefaction wave only explains quantitatively the decrease in the overall plasma density at relatively low ion temperatures. With the increase of ion temperature to certain extent, another possible reason for the decrease in the overall plasma density is proposed and results from the more active thermal diffusion of plasma.

  14. Study on Electromagnetic Operating Mechanism Holding Force Compensation Method of Circuit Breaker%断路器电磁操动机构合闸保持力补偿方法的研究

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    车焕

    2016-01-01

    新型电力机车主断路器用电磁操动机构处于合闸位置时,其保持力由一组保持线圈励磁实现。由于机车上电源电压波动大且机车工作环境温度变化大,此保持力的变化范围非常大。为了稳定合闸时的保持力,保证电磁操动机构稳定工作,提出采用直流斩波的方法对合闸保持力进行补偿。%When the new type electromagnetic operating mechanism using for electric locomotive main circuit breaker is in the closing position, its keeping force is provided by a group of holding coil . Because of power supply voltage on the locomotive and environment temperature of the locomotive all changes greatly.In order to stabilize the keeping force, guarantee the stability of electromagnetic operating mechanism, a dc chopper method is proposed to compensate keeping force.

  15. Application in Parameters Testing of Moulded Case Circuit Breaker Based on KingView Database%基于组态王数据库在塑壳断路器参数测试中的应用

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    吴学忠; 李飞; 匡红兵

    2015-01-01

    介绍了组态王SQL数据库的特点和访问功能,分析了塑壳断路器参数测试系统组成和PLC数据与组态王变量关联方式,利用组态王SQL及变量组态技术组态和编制命令程序实现对测试数据库的操作。运行结果表明,该应用有效提高了产品测试的质量控制和数据分析能力。%Introduction was made to the features and access functions of KingView structured query language (SQL) database. This paper analyzed the associated mode between the composition of moulded case circuit breaker (MCCB) parameters testing system and the programmable logic controller (PLC) database, as well as the KingView variables. The KingView SQL and variables configuration technology, together with the programming commands were used to realize the operation on testing database. The operational results show that this application effectively improves the quality control and data analysis ability of product testing.

  16. One-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation on the influence of electron and ion temperature on the sheath expansion process in the post-arc stage of vacuum circuit breaker

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    The inter-contact region of vacuum circuit breakers is filled with residual plasma at the moment when the current is zero after the burning of metal vapor arc. The residual plasma forms an ion sheath in front of the post-arc cathode. The sheath then expands towards the post-arc anode under the influence of a transient recovery voltage. In this study, a one-dimensional particle-in-cell model is developed to investigate the post-arc sheath expansion. The influence of ion and electron temperatures on the decrease in local plasma density at the post-arc cathode side and post-arc anode side is discussed. When the decay in the local plasma density develops from the cathode and anode sides into the high-density region and merges, the overall plasma density in the inter-contact region begins to decrease. Meanwhile, the ion sheath begins to expand faster. Furthermore, the theory of ion rarefaction wave only explains quantitatively the decrease in the overall plasma density at relatively low ion temperatures. With the increase of ion temperature to certain extent, another possible reason for the decrease in the overall plasma density is proposed and results from the more active thermal diffusion of plasma

  17. Improvement of failure protection for high voltage side circuit breaker of 220 kV transformer%220kV变压器高压侧断路器失灵保护的改进

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    郑春生

    2016-01-01

    Failure protection of Shengli Oilfield 220 kV substation main transformer circuit breaker, its typical configuration cannot effectively isolate the fault point, in some atypical failure,the main transformer for a long time by the impact of short-circuit current,seriously affect the power system stability and safety. The failure protection action nodes and mother difference protection action nodes and the corresponding non electric starter relay series, when startup failure protection, the corresponding node closed, start relay, to direct trip-ping of main transformer with three side of the switch. Using this improved scheme, 3 of Shengli Oilfield 220 kV substation main transformer failure protection has been improved, reduces the possibility of 220 kV Main Transformer be impact by the fault current, guarantee the safe and stable operation of power grids.%胜利油田220 kV变电站主变断路器失灵保护中的典型配置不能有效隔离故障点,在一些非典型故障中,会使主变长时间受到短路电流冲击,严重影响电力系统稳定性和安全性.为此,将失灵保护动作节点和母差保护动作节点与相应的非电量启动继电器串联,当失灵保护启动时,相应节点闭合,启动继电器,进而直接跳开主变三侧开关.应用此改进方案,对胜利油田3座220 kV变电站的主变失灵保护进行了完善,降低了220 kV主变压器受到故障电流冲击的可能性,保障了电网安全、稳定运行.

  18. Plug Detector Bypass Breaker Guard

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    Horton, Joel Richard (Maryville, TN); Dearstone, Robert Link (Powell, TN)

    2000-01-01

    A method and apparatus wherein the apparatus is a container having an inner chamber, an inlet, an outlet, a breaker assembly having at least one blade within the inner chamber of the container and a motor for driving the blade. Material is supplied to the inner chamber of the container through the inlet of the container and the breaker assembly is operated to reduce any clumped material into unclumped material which is then dispensed from the container through the outlet of the container.

  19. 基于MATLAB仿真的缓冲器对断路器分闸特性影响研究%Simulation Study on the Influence of Multi-orifice Hydraulic Buffer on Opening Characteristics of High Voltage Circuit Breaker Based on MATLAB

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    余明星; 赵伟涛

    2015-01-01

    为研究用于弹簧操动机构中的排孔式液压缓冲器结构参数对高压断路器分闸特性的影响,文中以排孔式缓冲器工作原理为基础建立了缓冲过程的数学模型,应用MATLAB对数学模型进行仿真求解。仿真所得曲线与试验曲线相吻合,证明了仿真的准确性,并依此为依据,仿真得到缓冲器在不同阻尼孔直径、不同阻尼孔位置、不同活塞与缸体配合间隙以及不同分闸弹簧刚度下对断路器分闸特性的影响,该研究为设计出满足断路器分合特性的缓冲器提供了理论指导。%In order to investigate the influence of structure parameters of multi-orifice hydraulic buffer which used in the spring operating mechanism of high voltage circuit breaker to the opening operation , in this paper, a mathematical model of cushioning process based on buffer working principle is established. Then simulate and solve such mathematical model by MATLAB. First of all , to verify the simulation accuracy, the simulation and experimental curves are compared and analyzed. Then on this basis, through numerical simulation, it is found that the diameter and the spacing interval of damped orifice, the clearance between piston and cylinder block, and the stiffness of trip spring would influence the opening operation of circuit breaker. This study provides the theoretical guidance for designing and optimizing the performance of hydraulic buffer.

  20. Plug Detector Bypass Breaker Guard

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    Horton, J.R.; Dearstone, R.L.

    2000-05-23

    A method and apparatus are disclosed wherein the apparatus is a container having an inner chamber, an inlet, an outlet, a breaker assembly having at least one blade within the inner chamber of the container and a motor for driving the blade. Material is supplied to the inner chamber of the container through the inlet of the container and the breaker assembly is operated to reduce any clumped material into unclumped material which is then dispensed from the container through the outlet of the container.

  1. 用于高压断路器金短时间控制的辅助开关延时特性研究%Research on the Delay Time of Auxiliary Switch for the Close-open Time Controlling in High-voltage Circuit Breaker

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    刘坚钢; 金立军

    2012-01-01

    高压断路器重合闸操作的金属短接时间(金短时间),是保证断路器“C-O”操作第二“分”开断能力的重要参数.现有高压SF6断路器的金属短接时间通常不能满足标准推荐的50 ms的指标.高压断路器的分合闸指令是由其操动机构配置的辅助开关发出的,因而辅助开关是金短时间控制的理想而可靠的机构.笔者分析了高压断路器辅助开关的结构,在理论力学和系统动力学的基础上,对辅助开关操动特性进行了研究,研究成果通过实验验证.%The close-open time of extra-high voltage circuit breaker reclosing is an important parameter to ensure the second contact separation breaking capacity of "close-open" operation. The close-open time of high voltage SFg breakers is less than time 50 ms which is recommend by the standard. The close and open commands are issued by auxiliary switch equipped by the operating mechanism, so the auxiliary switch is an ideal and reliable mechanism to control the close-open time. Based on theoretical mechanics and system dynamics, the structure of the auxiliary switch is analysis, the operation characteristics of auxiliary switch is studied, and the research results are verified by experiments.

  2. 30 CFR 77.900 - Low- and medium-voltage circuits serving portable or mobile three-phase alternating current...

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    2010-07-01

    ... portable or mobile three-phase alternating current equipment; circuit breakers. 77.900 Section 77.900... mobile three-phase alternating current equipment; circuit breakers. Low- and medium-voltage circuits supplying power to portable or mobile three-phase alternating current equipment shall be protected...

  3. 30 CFR 75.900-2 - Approved circuit schemes.

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    2010-07-01

    ... undervoltage protection for each circuit that receives power from that transformer. (c) One circuit breaker may... regarded as providing the necessary protection to the circuit required by § 75.900: (a) Ground check relays may be used for undervoltage protection if the relay coils are designed to trip the circuit...

  4. 30 CFR 56.12001 - Circuit overload protection.

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    2010-07-01

    ... § 56.12001 Circuit overload protection. Circuits shall be protected against excessive overload by fuses or circuit breakers of the correct type and capacity. ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Circuit overload protection. 56.12001...

  5. 30 CFR 57.12001 - Circuit overload protection.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Electricity Surface and Underground § 57.12001 Circuit overload protection. Circuits shall be protected against excessive overloads by fuses or circuit breakers of the correct type and capacity. ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Circuit overload protection. 57.12001...

  6. 30 CFR 75.900 - Low- and medium-voltage circuits serving three-phase alternating current equipment; circuit...

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    2010-07-01

    ... Low- and medium-voltage circuits serving three-phase alternating current equipment; circuit breakers. Low- and medium-voltage power circuits serving three-phase alternating current equipment shall be... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Low- and medium-voltage circuits serving...

  7. OH breaker of ASDEX upgrade: closing switch without ignitrons

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    The OH breaker serves for plasma breakdown. It switches a resistor in a current-carrying inductive circuit. It comprises an opening switch (Q1) and a closing switch (Q3). Both are assessed in detail by measuring the transient currents and voltages of the switching circuit. The closing switch is treated in more detail. It has to carry a dc current of up to 45 kA for several seconds. In this case the switching arc is normally taken by ignitrons and the dc current by vacuum tubes. This paper shows that closing vacuum tubes are capable of working without ignitrons. More than 1,350 Q3 switching actions have confirmed this and support the experimental and theoretical investigations. (orig.)

  8. Experience with the Alpine Breaker Line Support

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    Habnicht, H.; Halbmayer, C.

    1989-01-01

    The Alpine Breaker Line Support is new, mechanised support equipment for stabilising the caving edge during depillaring operations. A short discussion is presented of some panel geometry variations used, and of performance data achieved. 5 figs.

  9. Medium voltage SF6 switch rooms with switch breakers; Cubiculos de media tensao em SF6 com disjuntores

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    Matias, Marcos [Schneider Electric Brasil, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    1999-07-01

    This paper describes the technology using SF6 as breaking gas and the application in medium and high voltage switch rooms. The paper also describes the metal clad panel, the ring main unit, the medium voltage, and the panel saw and circuit breakers with SF6.

  10. A threshold for the Maker-Breaker clique game

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    Muller, Tobias; Stojakovic, Milos

    2014-01-01

    We study the Maker-Breaker k-clique game played on the edge set of the random graph G(n, p). In this game, two players, Maker and Breaker, alternately claim unclaimed edges of G(n, p), until all the edges are claimed. Maker wins if he claims all the edges of a k-clique; Breaker wins otherwise. We de

  11. Magnetic selfinsulation of transmission lines with a nanosecond circuit breaker

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    The paper deals with application of plasma erosion switches for peaking power of pulse generators. Basic characteristics of magnetic selfinsulation waves which propagate in vacuum transmission line after operation of plasma erosion switch. It is shown that consideration of electron flow results in the decrease of voltage pulse amplitude by 20% as compared to the vacuum case. The influence of finiteness of switch time on pulse magnitude is considered

  12. Megavolt nanosecond generator with semiconductor current breaker

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    Bushlyakov, A I; Rukin, S N; Slovikovskij, B G; Timoshenkov, S P

    2002-01-01

    The heavy-current nanosecond generator with the pulse capacity up to 1.6 GW and output voltage of 0.5-1 MW is described. The generator contains four capacity storages, one induction storage and six solid body commutators: one thyristor, four magnetic commutators and a semiconductor current breaker on the SOS-diodes. The results of studies on the energy change-over efficiency through a semiconductor breaker by various external resistance loads as well as the results of the thermal and frequency tests are presented. It is established that selection of the optimal cooling system provides for the generator continuous mode of operation with the pulse sequence frequency from 300 Hz up to 850 Hz

  13. Video auditing techniques for breaker reject

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    Jenkins, B.M.; Corke, P.I.; O`Brien, G.D.; Waugh, J.M. [CSIRO (Australia). Division of Minerals

    1998-12-31

    Rotary breakers are used by many Australian coal mines to reduce the topsize of run of mine (ROM) coal to a size that can be handled by the processing plant. Coal that does not break to the designated topsize therefore passes out with the rock as breaker rejects. The degree of coal loss can be assessed manually by stop belt auditing of the reject belt, but this method is impractical for long-term monitoring of breaker rejects and breaker performance. Case studies of several open cut coal mines in the Bowen Basin of Central Queensland were made to determine the extent of the problem. The results indicated instances where significant losses did occur, but it was not possible to make an accurate estimate of the total value of the losses. This paper covers work undertaken to develop new auditing techniques for qualitative, quantitative and continuous monitoring of reject belt material which uses relatively low-cost equipment and mature technology. Initial work has concentrated on developing video surveillance techniques suitable for the range of environmental conditions typically encountered in the field. Multi-media methods are being developed for qualitative data presentation, and image analysis techniques are being investigated to extract basic quantitative information from video sequences, such as particle size and shape. Future work includes development of automatic methods using machine vision for 100% on-line inspection. The main attraction of the methodology being adopted is the potential to easily adapt the techniques to diagnostic and control functions. In situations where significant losses occur, this approach could open up many possibilities for reducing coal rejection or allowing its recovery from the rejects stream to improve productivity. 12 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Function and operation of the Doublet III E-coil vacuum breaker system

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    The ohmic heating system for the Doublet III fusion research device at General Atomic is required to provide the voltage for the initial breakdown phase (there is no preionization) along with the energy to drive the plasma current to a value of 2.5 MA or greater. This requires a peak one turn voltage of 250 volts (16 kV across coil terminals) and a magnetic flux swing of 5 volt-seconds (peak coil current of 110 kA). This voltage and flux swing is accomplished by reverse biasing the ohmic heating coil (E-coil) where, upon reaching a value of 110 ka the coil current is interrupted and commutated into a RC network producing 16 kV across the coil. The interrruption of the E-coil current is accomplished by the use of an array of vacuum circuit breakers (VCB's) and a counter plus network. A description is given of the ohmic heating circuit and the performance of the vacuum circuit breaker array and its counter pulse system

  15. A Full Hydro- and Morphodynamic Description of Breaker Bar Development

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    Jacobsen, Niels Gjøl

    net cross shore suspended sediment transport flux as a function of either of the variables $\\zeta_0$, $\\Omega$, or $\\Omega_{HK}$. Secondly, the bed is allowed to evolve under the influence of the sediment transport processes. The development of breaker bars in both laboratory scale settings and...... prototype scale settings is considered. The temporal development of the cross shore profile is simulated for several combinations of wave forcing and sediment grain diameters. The variation is described with emphasis on the development of the crest level of the breaker bar, the variation in the bed shear...... stress on the crest of the breaker bar, and its migration speed. Additionally, a net onshore current over a breaker bar is considered, where this current mimics the presence of a horizontal circulation cell. The development of the breaker bar is described for different values of the net onshore current...

  16. The wave vane - A device to measure the breaker angle

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    Chandramohan, P.; Nayak, B.U.; Anand, N.M.

    , ,~ ~ O BEACH c /~ ' ! , THEODOLITE Fig. 4. Definition sketch. 178 P. CHANDRAMOHAN ET AL. angle AOC can be calculated, which would be the wave breaker angle with respect to the coastline. It is assumed that the angle made by the crestline...

  17. LARGE EDDY SIMULATION FOR PLUNGING BREAKER WAVE

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    Bai Yu-chuan; Wang Zhao-yin

    2003-01-01

    As wave propagates into shallow water, the shoaling effect leads to increase of wave height, and at a certain position, the wave will be breaking. The breaking wave is powerful agents for generating turbulence, which plays an important role in most of the fluid dynamical processes in the surf zone, so a proper numerical model for describing the turbulent effect is needed urgently. A numerical model is set up to simulate the wave breaking process, which consists of a free surface model using the surface marker method and the vertical two-dimensional model that solves the flow equations. The turbulence is described by Large Eddy Simulation (LES) method where the larger turbulent features are simulated by solving the flow equations, and the small-scale turbulence that is represented by a sub-grid model. A dynamic eddy viscosity sub-grid scale stress model has been used for the present simulation. The large eddy simulation model, which we presented in this paper, can be used to study the propagation of a solitary wave in constant water depth and the shoaling of a non-breaking solitary wave on a beach. To track free-surface movements, The TUMMAC method is employed. By applying the model to wave breaking problem in the surf zone, we found that these model results compared very well with experimental data. In addition, this model is able to reproduce the complicated flow phenomena, especially the plunging breaker.

  18. Extending temporary storage capacity with emulsion breakers

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    The use of emulsion breakers injected into an oil spill recovery system was examined in both laboratory testing and at the OHMSETT test facility. The tests were designed to assess the injection/mixing/settling regimes needed for optimum water-removal performance from a meso-stable water-in-oil emulsion with an oil spill demulsifier. Different types of injection locations and mixing technologies were examined, including skimmer heads, cargo lines, tank inlets, as well as static in-line and mechanical technologies. During laboratory testing, water-in-oil emulsions and free water was pumped through various lengths of piping loops, an in-line mixer and 8 settling tanks. Following the injection of a demulsifier, the fluid was decanted to observe the emulsion breaking. At the OHMSETT test facility, a Desmi Terminator skimmer recovered the same emulsion from a polluted water surface. Different slick thicknesses, wave heights and recovery rates were used. A demulsifier was also injected into the recovered fluid which was allowed to separate in recovery tanks. The demulsifier efficiency was then measured. It was determined that the demulsifier significantly reduced the volume of water in the recovery tanks and the water content of the remaining emulsion. If free water content was greater than 60 per cent, then the effect of the surfactant was greatly reduced. If no free water was present, the level of turbulence was insufficient to promote emulsion breaking. More than 33 per cent free water content is needed to reduce the bulk viscosity of the fluid and to promote emulsion breaking. The degree of emulsion breaking also increased with increasing mixing energy. 10 refs., 5 tabs., 8 figs

  19. Fracturing Fluid (Guar Polymer Gel Degradation Study by using Oxidative and Enzyme Breaker

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative and enzyme breakers are used in this research project with the main objective to study on the degradation pattern of fracturing fluid (i.e., guar polymer gel as a function of time, temperature and breaker concentration itself. The fracturing fluid used in hydraulic fracturing or frac pack contain a chemical breakers to reduce the viscosity of the fluid intermingled with the proppant. Chemical breakers reduce viscosity of the guar polymer by cleaving the polymer into small-molecular-weight fragments. The reduction of viscosity will facilitate the flow-back of residual polymer providing rapid recovery of polymer from proppant pack. Ineffective breakers or misapplication of breakers can result in screen-outs or flow-back of viscous fluids both of which can significantly decrease the well productivity. Breaker activity of low to medium temperature range oxidative and enzyme breaker systems was evaluated. ViCon NF an oxidative breaker (Halliburton product and GBW 12- CD an enzyme breaker (BJ Services product were used in this research project with the main objective to study on the degradation pattern of fracturing fluid (guar polymer gel as a function of (time, temperature and breaker concentration itself. This study provides focuses on the way to mix the fracturing fluid, compositions of the fracturing fluid and how to conduct the crosslink and break test. Crosslink test indicate the optimum cross-linker concentration to produce good crosslink gel and the break test gave the characteristic of the gel during degradation process and also the break time. Besides relying on the laboratory experiment, information obtained from research on SPE and US Pattern papers were used to make a comparison study on oxidative and enzyme breakers properties. Degradation pattern observed from the break test showed that reduction in gel viscosity depends on time, temperature and breaker concentration. Observations from experiment also revealed that small

  20. Energy Extraction for the LHC Superconducting Circuits

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    Dahlerup-Petersen, K; Schmidt, R; Sonnemann, F

    2001-01-01

    The superconducting magnets of the LHC will be powered in about 1700 electrical circuits. The energy stored in circuits, up to 1.3 GJ, can potentially cause severe damage of magnets, bus bars and current leads. In order to protect the superconducting elements after a resistive transition, the energy is dissipated into a dump resistor installed in series with the magnet chain that is switched into the circuit by opening current breakers. Experiments and simulation studies have been performed to identify the LHC circuits that need energy extraction. The required values of the extraction resistors have been computed. The outcome of the experimental results and the simulation studies are presented and the design of the different energy extraction systems that operate at 600 A and at 13 kA is described.

  1. Measuring circuits

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    Graf, Rudolf F

    1996-01-01

    This series of circuits provides designers with a quick source for measuring circuits. Why waste time paging through huge encyclopedias when you can choose the topic you need and select any of the specialized circuits sorted by application?This book in the series has 250-300 practical, ready-to-use circuit designs, with schematics and brief explanations of circuit operation. The original source for each circuit is listed in an appendix, making it easy to obtain additional information.Ready-to-use circuits.Grouped by application for easy look-up.Circuit source listings

  2. Circuit theory

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    This book is divided into fourteen chapters, which deals with circuit theory of basis, sinusoidal alternating current on cycle and frequency, basics current circuit about R.L, C circuit and resonant circuit, current power, general linear circuit, inductive coupling circuit and vector locus on an alternating current bridge and mutual inductance and coupling coefficient, multiphase alternating current and method of symmetrical coordinates, non-sinusoidal alternating current, two terminal network, four terminal network, transient of circuits, distributed line circuit constant, frequency characteristic and a filter and Laplace transformation.

  3. Dynamic Skyline Computation with the Skyline Breaker Algorithm

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    Köppl, Dominik

    2014-01-01

    Given a sequential data input, we tackle parallel dynamic skyline computation of the read data by means of a spatial tree structure for indexing fine-grained feature vectors. For this purpose, we modified the Skyline Breaker algorithm that solves skyline computation with multiple local split decision trees concurrently. With this approach, we propose an algorithm for dynamic skyline computation that inherits the robustness against the dimension curse and different data distributions.

  4. Estimation of Siphon Breakers for Jordan Research and Training Reactor

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    The pool water itself is the ultimate heat sink of the residual heat. Thus, it is very important to guarantee that the pool water level be higher than the minimum level from a safety point of view. The JRTR is an open pool-type research reactor and has a downward core flow. To meet the required net positive suction head (NPSHr) of the PCPs, some components of the Primary Cooling System (PCS) are installed below the core level. When a postulated pipe break occurs at below the reactor core position, the pool water can be drained below the core by siphon phenomena, and the core cannot be cooled by natural circulation. Therefore, siphon breakers are installed in the PCS to limit the pool water drain during and after all postulated initiating events. Because the open-type reactor is operating at low pressure and low temperature conditions, guillotine break LOCA (Loss of Coolant Accident) is almost impossible. However, for a design purpose, a pump casing rupture by a failure of moving part has been considered in this study. An estimation of the siphon breakers was performed with the analytical undershooting prediction model. 2.5-inch siphon break lines with siphon break valves were selected as siphon breakers for the JRTR

  5. Estimation of Siphon Breakers for Jordan Research and Training Reactor

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    Lee, Kwon-Yeong; Seo, Kyoungwoo; Chi, Dae Young [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    The pool water itself is the ultimate heat sink of the residual heat. Thus, it is very important to guarantee that the pool water level be higher than the minimum level from a safety point of view. The JRTR is an open pool-type research reactor and has a downward core flow. To meet the required net positive suction head (NPSHr) of the PCPs, some components of the Primary Cooling System (PCS) are installed below the core level. When a postulated pipe break occurs at below the reactor core position, the pool water can be drained below the core by siphon phenomena, and the core cannot be cooled by natural circulation. Therefore, siphon breakers are installed in the PCS to limit the pool water drain during and after all postulated initiating events. Because the open-type reactor is operating at low pressure and low temperature conditions, guillotine break LOCA (Loss of Coolant Accident) is almost impossible. However, for a design purpose, a pump casing rupture by a failure of moving part has been considered in this study. An estimation of the siphon breakers was performed with the analytical undershooting prediction model. 2.5-inch siphon break lines with siphon break valves were selected as siphon breakers for the JRTR.

  6. Final report of experimental studies on siphon breaker

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    Experimental studies on siphon breaker are a research reactor. Most research reactors are required to be contained in the enormous pool for a safety aspect. Because it is necessary to keep the reactor pool water level during normal operation, a pool water service system is designed to supply demineralized water. The water supply is automatically controlled by opening or closing a valve installed on the system with a signal. If the pool water loss is greater than the pool water make-up capacity and the pool level continues to drop, other system pumps or heaters should be stopped. For preventing to drop the pool water level above the reactor core, all system should be located above the core. However, a component of a system can be installed below the core level due to the component purpose. Then, the system should install a siphon breaker to cover the reactor core with pool water and to protect from a siphon leak of the reactor pool water during and after all postulated initiating events. The purpose of this research is to determine the siphon break type according to the research reactor types for designing the siphon breaker

  7. Structure design of and experimental research on a two-stage laval foam breaker for foam fluid recycling.

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    Wang, Jin-song; Cao, Pin-lu; Yin, Kun

    2015-07-01

    Environmental, economical and efficient antifoaming technology is the basis for achievement of foam drilling fluid recycling. The present study designed a novel two-stage laval mechanical foam breaker that primarily uses vacuum generated by Coanda effect and Laval principle to break foam. Numerical simulation results showed that the value and distribution of negative pressure of two-stage laval foam breaker were larger than that of the normal foam breaker. Experimental results showed that foam-breaking efficiency of two-stage laval foam breaker was higher than that of normal foam breaker, when gas-to-liquid ratio and liquid flow rate changed. The foam-breaking efficiency of normal foam breaker decreased rapidly with increasing foam stability, whereas the two-stage laval foam breaker remained unchanged. Foam base fluid would be recycled using two-stage laval foam breaker, which would reduce the foam drilling cost sharply and waste disposals that adverse by affect the environment. PMID:26387358

  8. Implementasi Konsep Kecerdasan Buatan Dalam Rancang Bangun Game Brick Breaker

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    Ayuni, Wulan

    2011-01-01

    Games as a medium of entertainment has grown rapidly along with the development of technology as well. One of the elements that play an important role in a games is artificial intelligence. With artificial intelligence, expected elements in the games can act as natural as possible like human being. In this Brick Breaker games, the author apply the concept of fuzzy logic in determining the strength and agility of reflector board of the ball against the arrival of the ball. In designing of this...

  9. Superpower frequency generators with a plasma current breaker

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    This review is dedicated to a new trend in the accelerator technique which are the generators of electron and roentgen radiation on the basis of a plasma current breaker (PCB) able of operation in the recurrent pulse mode. The basic results of studies on the PCB, schemes and design peculiarities of the frequency generators of the megavolt range developed on the basis thereof are presented. The prospects for developing frequency accelerators on the PCB basis, their maximum achievable parameters, resource of life and possible applications are considered. It is shown that the record-breaking high peak power of such accelerators may essentially increase the efficiency of radiation-biological technologies

  10. On kinetics of reactions in HV circuit breakers after current zero

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    Adamec, L.; Coufal, O.

    1999-07-01

    An analysis of six different definitions of the rate of reaction is made and it is shown that some of the definitions are not consistent with the mass action law. Kinetic equations are derived whose solution is the time dependence of the composition of an arbitrary closed gaseous system icons/Journals/Common/calS" ALT="calS" ALIGN="TOP"/> in an ideal state for a given time dependence of temperature on the assumption that either the time dependence of pressure in icons/Journals/Common/calS" ALT="calS" ALIGN="TOP"/> or the time dependence of the volume of icons/Journals/Common/calS" ALT="calS" ALIGN="TOP"/> is given. Results are given of the computation of composition of a system of SF6 dissociation and ionization products at a temperature drop from 12 000 K to room temperature and a comparison is made of the time-dependent composition with equilibrium composition for pressures of 0.1, 0.5, 1 and 2 MPa.

  11. Numerical modeling of post current-zero dielectric breakdown in a low voltage circuit breaker

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    Thenkarai Narayanan, Venkat raman

    Oral delivery of macromolecular therapeutics has remained a challenge. Various factors govern principles of oral absorption, including solubility, tissue permeability, stability and dynamics of the gastrointestinal environment. Developing a macromolecular drug carrier for poorly bioavailable drugs is highly desirable. Dendritic polymers are attractive drug delivery vehicles because of their multifunctional surface groups, globular conformation, branched architecture, low poly dispersity and hydrophilic nature. They also offer traditional benefits of macromolecular systems such as extended plasma residence time and reduced systemic toxicity. Developing a poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimer-based oral drug delivery vehicle is the long-term goal of this research. PAMAM dendrimers can offer advantages in terms of improving solubility and permeability that can ultimately enhance oral absorption of poorly bioavailable drugs. In this dissertation, first the safety and maximum tolerated dose of six different PAMAM dendrimers was studied after oral and systemic administration. Surface charge of these dendrimers significantly influenced their toxicity profile in vivo with cationic systems proving to be more toxic than anionic systems. The inherent permeability of native anionic dendrimers was then evaluated in a mouse model to assess their potential in oral drug delivery. Results suggested that anionic G6.5 dendrimers exhibited appreciable bioavailability with partial degradation observed under in vivo conditions. Subsequently, camptothecin, a model drug used for the treatment of colorectal carcinoma, was attached to PAMAM dendrimers. Antitumor activity revealed that these conjugates were effective in inhibiting growth of cancer cells in vitro. Preliminary efficacy studies conducted in xenograft tumor models also indicated that dendrimer-drug conjugates have potential for oral chemotherapy. Further detailed in vivo studies are needed to demonstrate the utility of PAMAM-drug conjugates for effective and safe delivery of chemotherapeutics by the oral route.

  12. Study of DC Circuit Breaker of H2-N2 Mixture Gas for High Voltage

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    Shiba, Yuji; Morishita, Yukinaga; Kaneko, Shuhei; Okabe, Shigemitsu; Mizoguchi, Hitoshi; Yanabu, Satoru

    Global warming caused by CO2 etc. is a field where the concern is very high. Especially, automobile emissions are problem for it. Therefore, the hybrid car is widely development and used recently. Hybrid car used electric power and gasoline. So, the car reduces CO2. Hybrid car has engine and motor. To rotate the motor, hybrid car has battery. This battery is large capacity. Therefore, the relay should interrupt high DC current for the switch of the motor and the engine. So, hybrid car used hydrogen gas filling relay We studied interruption test for the research of a basic characteristic of hydrogen gas. DC current has not current zero point. So, it is necessary to make the current zero by high arc voltage and forcible current zero point. The loss coefficient and arc voltage of hydrogen is high. Therefore, we studied interruption test for used high arc voltage. We studied interruption test and dielectric breakdown test of air, pure Hydrogen, and Hydrogen- nitrogen mixture gas. As a result, we realized H2-N2(80%-20%) is the best gas.

  13. Analysis of Fault Arc in High-Speed Switch Applied in Hybrid Circuit Breaker

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    Wu, Yifei; Ren, Zhigang; Feng, Ying; Li, Mei; Zhang, Hantian

    2016-03-01

    The behavior of fault arc in a high-speed switch (HSS) has been studied theoretically and experimentally. A simplified HSS setup is designed to support this work. A two-dimensional arc model is developed to analyze the characteristics of fault arc based on magnetic-hydrodynamic (MHD) theory. The advantage of such a model is that the thermal transfer coefficient can be determined by depending on the numerical method alone. The influence of net emission coefficients (NEC) radiation model and P1 model on fault arc is analyzed in detail. Results show that NEC model predicts more radiation energy and less pressure rise without the re-absorption effect considered. As a consequence, P1 model is more suitable to calculate the pressure rise caused by fault arc. Finally, the pressure rise during longer arcing time for different arc currents is predicted. supported by National Key Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (No. 2015CB251001), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51221005, 51177124, 51377128, 51323012), the Science and Technology Project Funds of the Grid State Corporation SGSNKYOOKJJS1501564 and Shaanxi Province Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 2013JM-7010)

  14. In-line task 57: Component evaluation. [of circuit breakers, panel switches, etc. for space shuttle

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    Boykin, J. C.

    1974-01-01

    Design analysis tests were performed on selected power switching components to determine the possible applicability of off-the-shelf hardware to space shuttles. Various characteristics were also evaluated in those devices to determine the most desirable properties for the space shuttle.

  15. Peculiarities of the relays intended for operating trip coils of the high-voltage circuit breakers

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    Gurevich Vladimir

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Parameters of the subminiature electromagnetic relays used as output elements in microprocessor relay protection, do not correspond to technical specifications on these relay protection. The reasons of this discrepancy are analyzed. Contradictions and discrepancies of the international standards in this area are considered. It is shown, that absence of clearness in standards and mistakes in technical specifications of manufacturers of microprocessor protection do not allow estimating correctly technical parameters and lead to decrease in reliability of relay protection.

  16. Transient studies in large offshore wind farms, taking into account network/circuit breaker interaction

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    Glasdam, Jacob Bærholm; Bak, Claus Leth; Hjerrild, Jesper;

    2011-01-01

    Switching overvoltages (SOV) are considered a possible source of experienced component failures in existing off-shore wind farms (OWFs). The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in order to...

  17. Research on Multi Position and Parallel Detection Device for Universal Circuit Breaker Controller

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    Meng Xiang Fei

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a design scheme of the residual current electrical fire monitoring detector performance test system based on virtual instrument technology. In order to test different current specifications monitor detector compatiblly,the system combines virtual instrument technology and computer control technology to improve the accuracy of output current of the current generator with electric voltage compensation technology and the way of closed-loop control ,and designs two sets of different size and the same type of pneumatic fixture to solve the connection of different specifications monitoring detector, software design adopts layered structure and the method based on configuration files, to better satisfy all kinds of test requirements for different products. Practical application shows that the system has the testing results of accurate, high efficiency and convenient operation.

  18. Transient Studies in Large Offshore Wind Farms Employing Detailed Circuit Breaker Representation

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    Jesper Hjerrild; Claus Leth Bak; Jakob Glasdam

    2012-01-01

    Switching overvoltages (SOV) are considered a possible source of component failures experienced in existing offshore wind farms (OWFs). The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main electrical components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in order to ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory. A user-defined model of the va...

  19. Calculation of transport coefficients of air-water vapor mixtures thermal plasmas used in circuit breakers

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    KOHIO Niéssan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we calculate the transport coefficients of plasmas formed by air and water vapor mixtures. The calculation, which assume local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE are performed in the temperature range from 500 to 12000 K. We use the Gibbs free energy minimization method to determine the equilibrium composition of the plasmas, which is necessary to calculate the transport coefficients. We use the Chapman-Enskog method to calculate the transport coefficients. The results are presented and discussed according to the rate of water vapor. The results of the total thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity show in particular that the increasing of the rate of water vapor in air can be interesting for power cut. This could be improve the performance of plasma during current breaking in air contaminate by the water vapor.

  20. Consideration of using 3G cellular network to monitor ABB’s remote circuit breakers

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    Afolabi, Ibrahim

    2013-01-01

    Increase in the energy demand for domestic purposes as well as in the manufactur-ing industries has led to a rapid and proportional increase in the electrical energy production today. In meeting this huge electric consumption and demand, proper network and supply of electric power has to be in place from the electric energy generation stations to the final user i.e. the consumers at home, in offices and heavy manufacturing industries. Achieving this goal without mincing safety and securit...

  1. 断路器结构参数对GIS中特快速暂态过电压波形的影响%Effect of Breaker Structural Parameters on Very Fast-fronted Transient Overvoltage Waveform in GIS

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    邵冲; 杨钰; 刘卫东; 王赞基

    2011-01-01

    550 kV及以上电压等级的气体绝缘变电站(GIS)系统中一般采用双断口断路器,并装有均压电容.本文着重分析断路器均压电容、空载母线、接地开关状态等对GIS系统中特快速暂态过电压(VFTO)波形的影响.首先建立了考虑断路器结构的简化GIS分析模型,推导了系统中节点电压的频域解析解答,然后分析了断路器结构参数和接地开关状态对VFTO的影响.结果表明,随着断路器均压电容、对地电容变大以及断路器到隔离开关母线长度的增加,系统中VFTO主要频率变小,但各频率分量的幅值在不同节点处有不同的变化规律;空载母线末端VFTO幅值呈减小趋势,上升沿变平缓,变压器线圈处幅值变化比较小,上升沿陡度变化不大,但上升时间增大;接地开关断开时,断路器断口间电压较小,但断口对地可能产生过电压;接地开关闭合时,断口间和断口对地可能出现谐振过电压,在设计时应予以避免.%The double-fracture circuit-breaker with two grading capacitors is used in gas insulated substation (GIS) at 550kV and above voltage levels. This article focuses on the effect of some parameters of circuit-breaker on very fast-fronted transient overvoltage (VFTO) waveform in GIS, such as the shunt capacitance of circuit breakers, floating bus, grounding switch status and so on. First, a simplified GIS model considering the circuit breaker struc ture was established. The analytical solution in frequency domain of node voltage was derived out from this model. Then, the effects of these parameters were analyzed. The results showed that when the capacitances of shunt capaci tors or the capacitance to ground or the length of bus between circuit-breaker and disconnector increased, the main frequency of VFTO decreased, but the amplitude of each frequency at different nods had different variations, indica ting that the amplitude of VFTO at the end of the no load bus decreased, the rising

  2. Every Speed Breaker Is A Source Of Power

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Electricity in India, is a big problem which is faced by people who reside in the country. Electricity is the form of energy, Electricity is a basic part of nature and it is one of our most widely used forms of energy. We get electricity, which is a secondary energy source, from the conversion of other sources of energy, like coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power and other natural sources, which are called primary sources. Before electricity generation began slightly over 100 years ago, we use kerosene lamps, and rooms were warmed by wood-burning or coal burning stoves. Direct current (DC electricity had been used in arc lights for outdoor lighting. In the late-1800s, Nikola Tesla pioneered the generation, transmission, and use of alternating current (AC electricity, which can be transmitted over much greater distances than direct current. Generating electricity by speed breakers is innovative and useful concept. R

  3. Large Eddy Simulation for Plunge Breaker and Sediment Suspension

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    BAI Yuchuan(白玉川); C.O.NG

    2002-01-01

    Breaking waves are a powerful agent for generating turbulence that plays an important role in many fluid dynamicalprocesses, particularly in the mixing of materials. Breaking waves can dislodge sediment and throw it into suspension,which will then be carried by wave-induced steady current and tidal flow. In order to investigate sediment suspension bybreaking waves, a numerical model based on large-eddy-simulation (LES) is developed. This numerical model can beused to simulate wave breaking and sediment suspension. The model consists of a free-surface model using the surfacemarker method combined with a two-dimensional model that solves the flow equations. The turbulence and the turbulentdiffusion are described by a large-eddy-simulation (LES) method where the large turbulence features are simulated bysolving the flow equations, and a subgrid model represents the small-scale turbulence that is not resolved by the flowmodel. A dynamic eddy viscosity subgrid scale stress model has been used for the present simulation. By applying thismodel to Stokes' wave breaking problem in the surf zone, we find that the model results agree very well with experimentaldata. By use of this model to simulation of the breaking process of a periodic wave, it can be found that the model canreproduce the complicated flow phenomena, especially the plunging breaker. It reflects the dynamic structures of roller orvortex in the plunging breaker, and when the wave breaks, many strong vortex structures will be produced in the innersurf zone where the concentration of suspended sediment can thereby become relatively high.

  4. Modeling and Verification of Ultra-Fast Electro-Mechanical Actuators for HVDC Breakers

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    Bissal, Ara

    2015-01-01

    The continuously increasing demand for clean renewable energy has rekindled interest in multi-terminal high voltage direct current (HVDC) grids. Although such grids have several advantages and a great potential, their materialization has been thwarted due to the absence of HVDC breakers. In comparison with traditional alternating current (AC) breakers, they should operate and interrupt fault currents in a time frame of a few milliseconds. The aim of this thesis is focused on the design of ult...

  5. Laboratory effectiveness testing of water-in-oil emulsion breakers

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    The physics and chemistry of water-in-oil emulsions dominate the development of effectiveness tests. Emulsions are variable in stability--this variability is largely dependent on oil type and degree of weathering. These factors complicate the development of a test. Emulsions which have low stability will apparently break easily with chemical emulsion breakers. Broken emulsions will form a foam-like material, called rag, which retains water which is not part of the stable emulsions. Analytical methods used to determine the final stability of the broken or unbroken emulsion were evaluated. Measurements of water content and viscosity measurements show correlation to emulsion stability. Viscosity provides a more reliable measure of emulsion stability but water content measurements are more convenient and are largely used in this study. Twelve tests were developed in the past. Two testing methods have been developed to a usable stage. These tests are described and data using them provided. The effects of mixing time, agent amount, settling time and mixing energy on effectiveness results are presented

  6. The ice-breaker effect: singing mediates fast social bonding.

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    Pearce, Eiluned; Launay, Jacques; Dunbar, Robin I M

    2015-10-01

    It has been proposed that singing evolved to facilitate social cohesion. However, it remains unclear whether bonding arises out of properties intrinsic to singing or whether any social engagement can have a similar effect. Furthermore, previous research has used one-off singing sessions without exploring the emergence of social bonding over time. In this semi-naturalistic study, we followed newly formed singing and non-singing (crafts or creative writing) adult education classes over seven months. Participants rated their closeness to their group and their affect, and were given a proxy measure of endorphin release, before and after their class, at three timepoints (months 1, 3 and 7). We show that although singers and non-singers felt equally connected by timepoint 3, singers experienced much faster bonding: singers demonstrated a significantly greater increase in closeness at timepoint 1, but the more gradual increase shown by non-singers caught up over time. This represents the first evidence for an 'ice-breaker effect' of singing in promoting fast cohesion between unfamiliar individuals, which bypasses the need for personal knowledge of group members gained through prolonged interaction. We argue that singing may have evolved to quickly bond large human groups of relative strangers, potentially through encouraging willingness to coordinate by enhancing positive affect. PMID:26587241

  7. Design and Operation Principles of DC Circuit Breakers - Development of a Solid State DC Breaker for the NTNU/SINTEF Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Laboratory

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    Norum, Eivind Ødegaard

    2016-01-01

    Exciting high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems are mainly point-to-point connections. A multi-terminal HVDC grid consisting of three or more inter connected converter stations is suggested in order to increase the reliability, redundancy and flexibility in long distant bulk power transmission. Similar to AC (alternating current) grids, a protection system of HVDC-grids must be able to clear faults without affecting the remaining healthy parts of the grid. Thus, there is a ne...

  8. Numerical Simulation of the Laval Annular Mechanical Foam Breaker for Foam Drilling

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD code, Fluent, is employed to simulate the flow phenomena inside the annular foam breaker in order to improve its performance. The numerical simulation results show that the value and the distribution of the negative pressure are very important for the annular foam breaker. The design of the Laval nozzle not only can increase the fluid velocity, but also can reduce the pressure value from -30.2 to -50.3 kPa compared with the common annular nozzle foam breaker. In order to improve the range of the internal negative pressure, the two-stage Laval annular foam breaker is designed in this study. The analysis results show the distance between the two annular slit have greatly influence on its performance. There is a small overlap area between the two negative pressure zones generated by the two annular slits. The smaller the value distance is, the larger the overlap zone is. When the value of the distance decreases to 50 mm, the minimum negative pressure can be reduced to approximately -65.5 kPa. Meanwhile, the range of the internal negative pressure is larger than the single Laval annular foam breaker, which is benefit to break foam.

  9. Short Circuit Mechanical Force Withstand Capability Test%短路机械力耐受能力试验

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    朱英浩

    2001-01-01

    论述了变压器短路电流的动态力效应和断路器重合闸时变压器发热的影响,分析了变压器短路耐受试验有效性和剩磁对短路电流的影响,对预先短路法与后短路法进行了比较,还给出了短路电流的计算式。%The dynamic force effect of short circuit current in transformerand the influence on the heating of transformer when circuit breaker recloses are expouded. The effectiveness of transformer short circuit withstand test and the influence of residual flux on short circuit current are analysed. Preshort-circuit method is compared with postshort-circuit method, and calculation formulas of short circuit current are given.

  10. Controllable circuit

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    2010-01-01

    A switch-mode power circuit comprises a controllable element and a control unit. The controllable element is configured to control a current in response to a control signal supplied to the controllable element. The control unit is connected to the controllable element and provides the control...

  11. Design of a New Type of Distribution Valve for Hydraulic Breaker and Analysis of Energy Consumption

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    2006-01-01

    Energy consumed by distribution valves causes an energy loss for the output energy of hydraulic breakers, which has a significant influence on its efficiency. A new type of distribution valve used for hydraulic breakers, designed to reduce energy consumption, is analyzed on the basis of the operating principle and energy loss of the current distribution valve. The new distribution valve adopts a cone valve and the optimization technique of unequal open degree for the valve port. Theoretical calculations and analyses have proven that the new distribution valve can reduce energy loss by 9.0127J, or energy consumption by 31%, during an impact cycle and the efficiency of the hydraulic breaker can be raised by 4.5%. It has the following characteristics: little leakage, little pressure loss and low energy consumption.

  12. EDA circuit simulation

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    EDA technique is used for circuit simulation. The circuit simulation and the analysis are made for a gate circuit one-shot multivibrator. The result shows: EDA circuit simulation is very useful technique

  13. A study of plunging breaker mechanics by PIV measurements and a Navier-Stokes solver

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    Emarat, Narumon; Forehand, David I. M.; Christensen, Erik Damgaard;

    2000-01-01

    The mechanics of a surf-zone plunging breaker are studied from Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements and a numerical model based on the Navier-Stokes equations, using a Volume of Fluid (VOF) method. An additional numerical model using a Boundary-Integral Method (BIM) is also used in order...

  14. Self-similar solutions of electron MHD equations and the theory of plasma current breaker

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    Primary erosion conception of a plasma current breaker suggested an appearance of an vacuum gap near cathode, through which electromagnetic energy may reach the load. The theory of two-dimensional flows of electrons and ions of a quasineutral plasma near electrodes is given

  15. Analog and VLSI circuits

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    Chen, Wai-Kai

    2009-01-01

    Featuring hundreds of illustrations and references, this book provides the information on analog and VLSI circuits. It focuses on analog integrated circuits, presenting the knowledge on monolithic device models, analog circuit cells, high performance analog circuits, RF communication circuits, and PLL circuits.

  16. Circuits courts

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    Dubuisson-Quellier, Sophie

    2015-01-01

    Si la notion de circuit court est aujourd’hui largement reprise par les médias comme un phénomène assez typique de la fin du 20ème siècle, il convient de considérer que la vente directe est aussi ancienne que l’agriculture elle-même. Au tournant des années 2000, elle est surtout devenu un moyen, pour ceux qui la promeuvent de souligner que les distances tant géographiques qu’organisationnelles entre ceux qui produisent et ceux qui consomment sont devenus trop longues et doivent être raccourci...

  17. LOGIC CIRCUIT

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    Strong, G.H.; Faught, M.L.

    1963-12-24

    A device for safety rod counting in a nuclear reactor is described. A Wheatstone bridge circuit is adapted to prevent de-energizing the hopper coils of a ball backup system if safety rods, sufficient in total control effect, properly enter the reactor core to effect shut down. A plurality of resistances form one arm of the bridge, each resistance being associated with a particular safety rod and weighted in value according to the control effect of the particular safety rod. Switching means are used to switch each of the resistances in and out of the bridge circuit responsive to the presence of a particular safety rod in its effective position in the reactor core and responsive to the attainment of a predetermined velocity by a particular safety rod enroute to its effective position. The bridge is unbalanced in one direction during normal reactor operation prior to the generation of a scram signal and the switching means and resistances are adapted to unbalance the bridge in the opposite direction if the safety rods produce a predetermined amount of control effect in response to the scram signal. The bridge unbalance reversal is then utilized to prevent the actuation of the ball backup system, or, conversely, a failure of the safety rods to produce the predetermined effect produces no unbalance reversal and the ball backup system is actuated. (AEC)

  18. Collective of mechatronics circuit

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    This book is composed of three parts, which deals with mechatronics system about sensor, circuit and motor. The contents of the first part are photo sensor of collector for output, locating detection circuit with photo interrupts, photo sensor circuit with CdS cell and lamp, interface circuit with logic and LED and temperature sensor circuit. The second part deals with oscillation circuit with crystal, C-R oscillation circuit, F-V converter, timer circuit, stability power circuit, DC amp and DC-DC converter. The last part is comprised of bridge server circuit, deformation bridge server, controlling circuit of DC motor, controlling circuit with IC for PLL and driver circuit of stepping motor and driver circuit of Brushless.

  19. 锦屏二级水电站10 kV开关保护防跳回路异常分析%Anomaly Analysis of 10 kV Switch Protection Anti-Jump Circuit in Jinping Two Stage Hydropower Station

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    陈强; 曹钢; 王文松; 王为浩; 陈熙平

    2014-01-01

    Analysis was made to the abnormal switch position indication of 10 kV internal leakage drainage pump in Jinping two stage hydro-power station and the problem that the circuit breaker couldn’t be closed again later on. By comparing Nari protection anti-jump circuit switch with Schneider body anti-jump circuit which the circuit breaker configured, the application ranges for protection anti-jump circuit and body anti-jump circuit were obtained. This paper proposed four kinds of improved anti-jump circuit-breaker circuits and compared each advantage.%分析了锦屏二级水电站10 kV厂内渗漏排水泵开关位置指示异常,且断路器分闸后无法再次合上的问题,对比了断路器配置的南瑞保护防跳回路和施耐德开关本体防跳回路的差异,得出保护防跳回路和断路器本体防跳回路应用范围,提出了四种断路器防跳回路的改进方案,并比较了各自的优缺点。

  20. Analog circuit design designing dynamic circuit response

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    Feucht, Dennis

    2010-01-01

    This second volume, Designing Dynamic Circuit Response builds upon the first volume Designing Amplifier Circuits by extending coverage to include reactances and their time- and frequency-related behavioral consequences.

  1. Photomultiplier blanking circuit

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    Mcclenahan, J. O.

    1972-01-01

    Circuit for protecting photomultiplier equipment from current surges which occur when exposed to brilliant illumination is discussed. Components of circuit and details of operation are provided. Circuit diagram to show action of blanking pulse on zener diode is included.

  2. Analog circuit design designing waveform processing circuits

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    Feucht, Dennis

    2010-01-01

    The fourth volume in the set Designing Waveform-Processing Circuits builds on the previous 3 volumes and presents a variety of analog non-amplifier circuits, including voltage references, current sources, filters, hysteresis switches and oscilloscope trigger and sweep circuitry, function generation, absolute-value circuits, and peak detectors.

  3. Detusking fence-breaker elephants as an approach in human-elephant conflict mitigation.

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    Full Text Available Human-elephant conflict (HEC is a recurring problem that appears wherever the range of elephants and humans overlap. Different methods including the use of electric fences are used worldwide to mitigate this conflict. Nonetheless, elephants learn quickly that their tusks do not conduct electricity and use them to break down fences (fence-breakers.In Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya, destructive elephants (Loxodonta africana were monitored between 2010 and 2013. The fence-breaking rate reached four incidents (fence-breaking per elephant per 100 days. Ten bull males and 57 females were identified as fence-breakers. The bulls were involved in 85.07% and the females in 14.93% of incidents. The Kenya Wildlife Service approved detusking (partial cutting of tusks in four of the 10 fence-breakers as a way of preventing them from breaking down fences, thereby mitigating HEC in the Conservancy. The result of the detusking was a drastic six-fold reduction in damage to fences (range: 1.67 to 14.5 times less fence-breaking by the four worst fence-breaker elephants, because with trimmed tusks elephants lack the tools to break down fences. Detusking could not totally eliminate fence destruction because, despite lacking their tools, elephants can still destroy fences using their heads, bodies and trunks, albeit less effectively. On the other hand, apart from inherent aesthetic considerations, the detusking of elephants may have certain negative effects on factors such as elephants' social hierarchies, breeding, mate selection and their access to essential minerals and food.Elephant detusking seems to be effective in drastically reducing fence-breaking incidents, nonetheless its negative effects on behaviour, access to food and its aesthetical consequences still need to be further studied and investigated.

  4. An Experimental Investigation of Wind- and Mechanically Generated Short Wavelength Spilling Breakers

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    Diorio, J. D.; Liu, X.; Duncan, J. H.

    2006-11-01

    Short wavelength spilling breakers are studied in a wind wave tank that is 12.8 m long and 1.15 m wide and 0.91 m deep. The crest profile histories during breaking are measured with a photographic technique that employs a high-speed digital movie camera, a laser light sheet, and fluorescent dye. The photographic system is mounted on an instrument carriage that is set to move along the tank in phase with the crests of the breaking waves. In the first step in the experiment, breakers generated by the wind are measured at three wind speeds and three fetches at each wind speed. In the second step in the experiment, a mechanical wave maker is used without wind to generate a wave train consisting of a dominant wave and two unstable sidebands. The amplitudes and frequencies of these wave components are adjusted to create breakers at the various fetches and dominant wave frequencies found in the wind wave experiments. The similarities and differences between the ripple patterns at the crest during breaking between the wind wave and mechanical wave cases are discussed.

  5. The Danish Curve Breaker Agreement model - a voluntary agreement to break the electricity consumption curve

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    Jarby, Christian (Public Sector Affairs, The Danish Electricity Saving Trust (Denmark)); Pagh Nielsen, Karen Marie (Alectia A/S (Denmark)); Fjordbak, Troels (IT Energy ApS (Denmark))

    2009-07-01

    Both the public and private company sectors are continually acquiring more electrically powered equipment. Consequently, electricity consumption has risen by more than 1% per year over the last 10 years in Denmark (Danish Energy Agency, 2008). Curve Breaker Agreements were introduced in Denmark in 2007 by The Danish Electricity Saving Trust, an independent institution led by a Board appointed by the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy. The agreements commit organisations and companies signing the agreements to reduce their electricity consumption and 'break the rising electricity curve', typically over a 3-year period. This paper describes the Curve Breaker Agreement model and analyses the effectiveness of initiatives and solutions in different agreements. The analysis is based on empirical research covering 115 agreements concluded by 18 March 2009. The research also includes remotely metered electricity consumption data and interviews with agreeing partners. The results showed that agreements should be concluded at macro level. An important precondition of the agreement follow-up process is that both parties should be able to track the electricity consumption of an individual organisation on a website. 115 agreements have been concluded in about 2 years, and by December 2008 the list of signatories included one third of all Danish municipalities, government ministries and public sector institutions, as well as a number of large private companies. The latest survey of electricity consumption in the Danish public sector indicates that the consumption curve by signatories of Curve Breaker Agreements has generally been broken, and is heading lower.

  6. Hydrodynamic characteristics and geometric properties of plunging and spilling breakers over impermeable slopes

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    Alagan Chella, Mayilvahanan; Bihs, Hans; Myrhaug, Dag; Muskulus, Michael

    2016-07-01

    The two-phase flow CFD model REEF3D has been used for modeling waves breaking over a sloping seabed for a spilling and a plunging breaker. This model is based on Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations with the level set method (LSM) for the free surface and k-ω model for turbulence. First, the characteristics and geometric properties of plunging breaking waves with different offshore wave steepnesses over slopes are examined and discussed. The study further explores the hydrodynamic characteristics of spilling and plunging breakers in terms of the wave height evolution and attenuation, horizontal and vertical velocity, free surface profile evolution, and the geometric properties during the development of the breaking process. The numerical results show a good agreement with experimental data in terms of free surface elevation, horizontal and vertical velocity, wave envelope and turbulent intensity for the spilling and plunging breakers. Results of numerical simulations describing the physical flow characteristics such as the formation of the forward overturning water jet, air pocket, splash-up, and the secondary wave during the breaking process are presented for both cases. For both cases, the physical flow process is found to have similar flow features, but the breaking process occurs at significantly different scales.

  7. Utility design of electronic circuit

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    This is comprised of eleven chapters about electronic circuit design and utility circuit for electronics, which includes the point of design on electronic circuit like logical circuit, sensor circuit and power circuit, acoustic system, image system, communication system like FSK demodulation circuit, measurement and control system, appliance, operating amplifier, conversion device, counter and timer, sensor circuit, motor control such as DC motor control circuit and stepping motor drive circuit and power device like electric current control circuit.

  8. Transient Studies in Large Offshore Wind Farms, Tak-ing Into Account Network/Circuit Breaker Interaction

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    Glasdam, Jakob; Bak, Claus Leth; Hjerrild, Jesper; Arana Aristi, Iván

    2011-01-01

    Switching overvoltages (SOV) are considered a possible source of experienced component failures in existing off-shore wind farms (OWFs). The inclusion of sufficiently accurate and validated models of the main components in the OWF in the simulation tool is therefore an important issue in order to ensure reliable switching operations. Transient measurement results in an OWF are compared with simulation results in PSCAD EMTDC and DigSILENT Power Factory, where a user-defined model of the vacuum...

  9. Circuit analysis for dummies

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    Santiago, John

    2013-01-01

    Circuits overloaded from electric circuit analysis? Many universities require that students pursuing a degree in electrical or computer engineering take an Electric Circuit Analysis course to determine who will ""make the cut"" and continue in the degree program. Circuit Analysis For Dummies will help these students to better understand electric circuit analysis by presenting the information in an effective and straightforward manner. Circuit Analysis For Dummies gives you clear-cut information about the topics covered in an electric circuit analysis courses to help

  10. Solid-state circuits

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    Pridham, G J

    2013-01-01

    Solid-State Circuits provides an introduction to the theory and practice underlying solid-state circuits, laying particular emphasis on field effect transistors and integrated circuits. Topics range from construction and characteristics of semiconductor devices to rectification and power supplies, low-frequency amplifiers, sine- and square-wave oscillators, and high-frequency effects and circuits. Black-box equivalent circuits of bipolar transistors, physical equivalent circuits of bipolar transistors, and equivalent circuits of field effect transistors are also covered. This volume is divided

  11. The Effect of Current-Limiting Reactors on the Tripping of Short Circuits in High-Voltage Electrical Equipment

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    Volkov, M. S.; Gusev, Yu. P., E-mail: GusevYP@mpei.ru; Monakov, Yu. V.; Cho, Gvan Chun [National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute,” (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The insertion of current-limiting reactors into electrical equipment operating at a voltage of 110 and 220 kV produces a change in the parameters of the transient recovery voltages at the contacts of the circuit breakers for disconnecting short circuits, which could be the reason for the increase in the duration of the short circuit, damage to the electrical equipment and losses in the power system. The results of mathematical modeling of the transients, caused by tripping of the short circuit in a reactive electric power transmission line are presented, and data are given on the negative effect of a current-limiting resistor on the rate of increase and peak value of the transient recovery voltages. Methods of ensuring the standard requirements imposed on the parameters of the transient recovery voltages when using current-limiting reactors in the high-voltage electrical equipment of power plants and substations are proposed and analyzed.

  12. The Effect of Current-Limiting Reactors on the Tripping of Short Circuits in High-Voltage Electrical Equipment

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    The insertion of current-limiting reactors into electrical equipment operating at a voltage of 110 and 220 kV produces a change in the parameters of the transient recovery voltages at the contacts of the circuit breakers for disconnecting short circuits, which could be the reason for the increase in the duration of the short circuit, damage to the electrical equipment and losses in the power system. The results of mathematical modeling of the transients, caused by tripping of the short circuit in a reactive electric power transmission line are presented, and data are given on the negative effect of a current-limiting resistor on the rate of increase and peak value of the transient recovery voltages. Methods of ensuring the standard requirements imposed on the parameters of the transient recovery voltages when using current-limiting reactors in the high-voltage electrical equipment of power plants and substations are proposed and analyzed

  13. Electronic devices and circuits

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    Pridham, Gordon John

    1972-01-01

    Electronic Devices and Circuits, Volume 3 provides a comprehensive account on electronic devices and circuits and includes introductory network theory and physics. The physics of semiconductor devices is described, along with field effect transistors, small-signal equivalent circuits of bipolar transistors, and integrated circuits. Linear and non-linear circuits as well as logic circuits are also considered. This volume is comprised of 12 chapters and begins with an analysis of the use of Laplace transforms for analysis of filter networks, followed by a discussion on the physical properties of

  14. The circuit designer's companion

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    Williams, Tim

    2013-01-01

    The Circuit Designer's Companion covers the theoretical aspects and practices in analogue and digital circuit design. Electronic circuit design involves designing a circuit that will fulfill its specified function and designing the same circuit so that every production model of it will fulfill its specified function, and no other undesired and unspecified function.This book is composed of nine chapters and starts with a review of the concept of grounding, wiring, and printed circuits. The subsequent chapters deal with the passive and active components of circuitry design. These topics are foll

  15. Intuitive analog circuit design

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    Thompson, Marc

    2013-01-01

    Intuitive Analog Circuit Design outlines ways of thinking about analog circuits and systems that let you develop a feel for what a good, working analog circuit design should be. This book reflects author Marc Thompson's 30 years of experience designing analog and power electronics circuits and teaching graduate-level analog circuit design, and is the ideal reference for anyone who needs a straightforward introduction to the subject. In this book, Dr. Thompson describes intuitive and ""back-of-the-envelope"" techniques for designing and analyzing analog circuits, including transistor amplifi

  16. El uso de los "ice breakers" en la orientación de las asignaturas

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    Galván Vallina, Joaquín; Gutiérrez Duarte, María Victoria

    2012-01-01

    El proceso de renovación pedagógica que ha supuesto el Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior (EEES) conduce a una nueva orientación en el desarrollo de las asignaturas. Con arreglo a estos planteamientos, se ha desarrollado el uso de los Ice Breakers (actividades para romper el hielo) con el objetivo de que el alumno se integre en la dinámica de la asignatura, superando la desconfianza y el recelo iniciales que se presentan ante una materia nueva y/o un grupo nuevo de compañeros de clase. En ...

  17. A novel advanced glycation endproducts breaker restores cardiovascular dysfunctions in experimental diabetic rats

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    GangCHENG; Li-liWANG; Hong-yingLIU; HaoCUI; Ying-linCAO; SongLI

    2005-01-01

    AIM The formation of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) on connective tissue and matrix components leads to increases in collagen crosslinkingthat contributes to aortic and myocardial stiffness in normal aging and which occurs at an accelerated rate in diabetes. In this study, we examined the effects of a novel AGEs breaker, C36, on cardiovascular dysfunctions in experimental diabetic rats. METHODS and RESULTS Male Wiatar rats were made diabetic by i.p. injection of 70mg/kg streptozotocin. After 12 weeks of diabetes, the animals were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=8-11),

  18. Linear integrated circuits

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    Young, T.

    This book is intended to be used as a textbook in a one-semester course at a variety of levels. Because of self-study features incorporated, it may also be used by practicing electronic engineers as a formal and thorough introduction to the subject. The distinction between linear and digital integrated circuits is discussed, taking into account digital and linear signal characteristics, linear and digital integrated circuit characteristics, the definitions for linear and digital circuits, applications of digital and linear integrated circuits, aspects of fabrication, packaging, and classification and numbering. Operational amplifiers are considered along with linear integrated circuit (LIC) power requirements and power supplies, voltage and current regulators, linear amplifiers, linear integrated circuit oscillators, wave-shaping circuits, active filters, DA and AD converters, demodulators, comparators, instrument amplifiers, current difference amplifiers, analog circuits and devices, and aspects of troubleshooting.

  19. Electrical Circuits and Water Analogies

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    Smith, Frederick A.; Wilson, Jerry D.

    1974-01-01

    Briefly describes water analogies for electrical circuits and presents plans for the construction of apparatus to demonstrate these analogies. Demonstrations include series circuits, parallel circuits, and capacitors. (GS)

  20. Circuits on Cylinders

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Arnsfelt; Miltersen, Peter Bro; Vinay, V

    2006-01-01

    We consider the computational power of constant width polynomial size cylindrical circuits and nondeterministic branching programs. We show that every function computed by a Pi2 o MOD o AC0 circuit can also be computed by a constant width polynomial size cylindrical nondeterministic branching...... program (or cylindrical circuit) and that every function computed by a constant width polynomial size cylindrical circuit belongs to ACC0....

  1. Electric circuits essentials

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    2012-01-01

    REA's Essentials provide quick and easy access to critical information in a variety of different fields, ranging from the most basic to the most advanced. As its name implies, these concise, comprehensive study guides summarize the essentials of the field covered. Essentials are helpful when preparing for exams, doing homework and will remain a lasting reference source for students, teachers, and professionals. Electric Circuits I includes units, notation, resistive circuits, experimental laws, transient circuits, network theorems, techniques of circuit analysis, sinusoidal analysis, polyph

  2. Load testing circuit

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    2009-01-01

    A load testing circuit a circuit tests the load impedance of a load connected to an amplifier. The load impedance includes a first terminal and a second terminal, the load testing circuit comprising a signal generator providing a test signal of a defined bandwidth to the first terminal of the load...

  3. Piezoelectric drive circuit

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    Treu, Jr., Charles A.

    1999-08-31

    A piezoelectric motor drive circuit is provided which utilizes the piezoelectric elements as oscillators and a Meacham half-bridge approach to develop feedback from the motor ground circuit to produce a signal to drive amplifiers to power the motor. The circuit automatically compensates for shifts in harmonic frequency of the piezoelectric elements due to pressure and temperature changes.

  4. Signal sampling circuit

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    Louwsma, Simon Minze; Vertregt, Maarten

    2010-01-01

    A sampling circuit for sampling a signal is disclosed. The sampling circuit comprises a plurality of sampling channels adapted to sample the signal in time-multiplexed fashion, each sampling channel comprising a respective track-and-hold circuit connected to a respective analogue to digital converte

  5. Signal sampling circuit

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    Louwsma, Simon Minze; Vertregt, Maarten

    2011-01-01

    A sampling circuit for sampling a signal is disclosed. The sampling circuit comprises a plurality of sampling channels adapted to sample the signal in time-multiplexed fashion, each sampling channel comprising a respective track-and-hold circuit connected to a respective analogue to digital converte

  6. Development of a test for water-in-oil emulsion breakers

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    Studies have been conducted on the breaking of water-in-oil emulsions to develop a standard test for emulsion breaking agents, to test commercial products, and to understand the physics of emulsions. A review of the literature on the physics of emulsification is presented, showing the effects on emulsion formation of polar and asphaltene compounds in the oil. Nine basic test methods and several variations of each were developed, with successive tests developed to solve problems noted with earlier tests. The tests had to have a high degree of repeatability, aspects of the test methods had to be analogous to the sea and the practical application of emulsion breaking agents, and the test results had to relate to physical understanding of phenomena. Once a basic test was established, a series of studies was conducted to examine optimal time of shaking, the possibility of substituting settling time for shaking time, the relationship between energy of shaking and demuslfier effectiveness, and the effects of water to oil ratios. The studies show that a test for emulsion breakers can be developed to yield consistent results which are not entirely dependent on the shaking methods or vessels. The critical factor is the stability of the emulsion being tested, since unstable emulsions will show anomalous results. Other major factors are the type of emulsion breaker being tested and the determination of endpoint. 17 refs. 17 figs., 18 tabs

  7. Practical microwave circuits

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    Maas, Stephen A

    2014-01-01

    This book differentiates itself by presenting microwave and RF technology from a circuit design viewpoint, rather than a set of electromagnetic problems. The emphasis is on gaining a practical understanding of often overlooked but vital physical processes.This resource provides microwave circuit engineers with analytical techniques for understanding and designing high-frequency circuits almost entirely from a circuit point of view. Electromagnetic concepts are not avoided, but they are employed only as necessary to support circuit-theoretical ones or to describe phenomena such as radiation and

  8. Feedback in analog circuits

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    Ochoa, Agustin

    2016-01-01

    This book describes a consistent and direct methodology to the analysis and design of analog circuits with particular application to circuits containing feedback. The analysis and design of circuits containing feedback is generally presented by either following a series of examples where each circuit is simplified through the use of insight or experience (someone else’s), or a complete nodal-matrix analysis generating lots of algebra. Neither of these approaches leads to gaining insight into the design process easily. The author develops a systematic approach to circuit analysis, the Driving Point Impedance and Signal Flow Graphs (DPI/SFG) method that does not require a-priori insight to the circuit being considered and results in factored analysis supporting the design function. This approach enables designers to account fully for loading and the bi-directional nature of elements both in the feedback path and in the amplifier itself, properties many times assumed negligible and ignored. Feedback circuits a...

  9. 智能断路器抗EFT/B干扰滤波器设计%Filter design of resistance to interference of electrical fast transient/burst in intelligent gircuit breaker

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    佟为明; 张忠; 李中伟; 王胤燊

    2012-01-01

    To improve the performance of intelligent circuit breaker of resisting the interference of electrical fast transienl/burst (EFT/B) , an EFT/B interference source equivalent circuit model in accordance with the analysis of the generation mechanism and characteristics of EFT/B was created and the circuit state equation was established, a new Levenberg-Marquardt method was proposed to optimize the extended Kalman filter( EKF) algorithm on the basis of Taylor expansion, the derivation process of new theory was given and tracking performance and root mean square error (RMS error) was analyzed through the simulation experiment of EFT/B interference current transformer system which generated the EKF simulation results and evidence for the method was provided. Experimental results show that the improved EKF has higher estimate accuracy and stability and can improve the ability of resistance interference of the intelligent circuit breaker for EFT/B effectively.%为了提高智能断路器抗电快速瞬变脉冲群(EFT/B)干扰性,依据EFT/B形成和作用机理分析,建立EFT/B干扰源等效电路模型,给出电路状态方程;基于泰勒展开公式,提出了一种Levenberg-Marquardt优化扩展卡尔曼滤波算法,给出了方法的理论推导过程,并通过EFT/B干扰电流互感器系统仿真实验,给出了该方法与扩展卡尔曼滤波(EKF)仿真结果,并分析了跟踪性能和均方根误差.实验结果表明:改进的卡尔曼滤波器(NIEKF)具有更高的估计精确度和稳定性,该方法设计的扩展卡尔曼滤波器可有效提高智能断路器抗电快速瞬变脉冲群干扰能力.

  10. Incremento del porcentaje de breakers que pasan la calibración magnética en la linea FA Maggard para Schneider Electric

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    Gamboa Corzas, Ramón

    2005-01-01

    El objetivo principal de este trabajo consistió en incrementar el porcentaje de breakers que pasan la prueba de calibración magnética en la linea de ensamble de breakers FA Maggard en la empresa Schneider Electric. El problema principal es que el porcentaje de breakers que pasan la calibración magnética en esta línea ha sido tan solo del 80% en los meses de mayo, junio y julio del 2005, ocasionando por consecuencia una eficiencia del 60%, un retrabajo de 76 hrs. mensuales y ...

  11. Exact Threshold Circuits

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Arnsfelt; Podolskii, Vladimir V.

    2010-01-01

    We initiate a systematic study of constant depth Boolean circuits built using exact threshold gates. We consider both unweighted and weighted exact threshold gates and introduce corresponding circuit classes. We next show that this gives a hierarchy of classes that seamlessly interleave with the...... well-studied corresponding hierarchies defined using ordinary threshold gates. A major open problem in Boolean circuit complexity is to provide an explicit super-polynomial lower bound for depth two threshold circuits. We identify the class of depth two exact threshold circuits as a natural subclass of...... these where also no explicit lower bounds are known. Many of our results can be seen as evidence that this class is a strict subclass of depth two threshold circuits - thus we argue that efforts in proving lower bounds should be directed towards this class....

  12. Record breakers

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    Antonella Del Rosso

    2012-01-01

    In the sixties, CERN’s Fellows were but a handful of about 50 young experimentalists present on site to complete their training. Today, their number has increased to a record-breaking 500. They come from many different fields and are spread across CERN’s different activity areas.   “Diversifying the Fellowship programme has been the key theme in recent years,” comments James Purvis, Head of the Recruitment, Programmes and Monitoring group in the HR Department. “In particular, the 2005 five-yearly review introduced the notion of ‘senior’ and ‘junior’ Fellowships, broadening the target audience to include those with Bachelor-level qualifications.” Diversification made CERN’s Fellowship programme attractive to a wider audience but the number of Fellows on site could not have increased so much without the support of EU-funded projects, which were instrumental in the growth of the programme. ...

  13. Balloon Breakers

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    González Rodríguez, Jesús

    2011-01-01

    El objetivo de este PFC es crear un videojuego en 3D basado en el clásico "Pang!". El juego se divide en niveles donde el jugador debe controlar a un personaje sobre una superficie rectangular donde aparecen burbujas (o bolas), cubos y animales (pájaros carpintero y cangrejos ermitaños). El jugador pasa de nivel cuando todas las bolas hayan sido destruidas, bien por el mismo jugador o por los animales. El jugador pierde una vida cuando sea alcanzado por una bola o un animal o bien cuand...

  14. Analog circuits cookbook

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    Hickman, Ian

    2013-01-01

    Analog Circuits Cookbook presents articles about advanced circuit techniques, components and concepts, useful IC for analog signal processing in the audio range, direct digital synthesis, and ingenious video op-amp. The book also includes articles about amplitude measurements on RF signals, linear optical imager, power supplies and devices, and RF circuits and techniques. Professionals and students of electrical engineering will find the book informative and useful.

  15. Analog circuit design

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    Dobkin, Bob

    2012-01-01

    Analog circuit and system design today is more essential than ever before. With the growth of digital systems, wireless communications, complex industrial and automotive systems, designers are being challenged to develop sophisticated analog solutions. This comprehensive source book of circuit design solutions aids engineers with elegant and practical design techniques that focus on common analog challenges. The book's in-depth application examples provide insight into circuit design and application solutions that you can apply in today's demanding designs. <

  16. Stochastic Switching Circuit Synthesis

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    Wilhelm, Daniel; Bruck, Jehoshua

    2009-01-01

    Shannon in his 1938 Masterpsilas Thesis demonstrated that any Boolean function can be realized by a switching relay circuit, leading to the development of deterministic digital logic. Here, we replace each classical switch with a probabilistic switch (pswitch). We present algorithms for synthesizing circuits closed with a desired probability, including an algorithm that generates optimal size circuits for any binary fraction. We also introduce a new duality property for series-parallel stocha...

  17. The analysis of failure circuit of 500 kV transformer protection%500 kV主变保护失灵回路分析

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    舒逸石; 魏民; 马勇

    2011-01-01

    Aiming at the particularity of failure circuit of 500 kV main transformer, this paper discusses the logic principle of start Up failure circuit at high-pressure side and middle-pressure side.Through the analysis of the start-up and trip circuit of failure protection of main transformer, it points out the characteristic oftbe failure circuit in high-pressure side of main transformer is that “when the high side breaker refuses to trip, the breaker of three sides and the high-side associated will be tripped”, and the characteristic of the failure circuit in middle-pressure side transformer is that “when circuit-breaker failures, the complex voltage lockout should be removed and breaker location is not judged”.The failure start-up criterion of main transformer is educed, namely “current discrimination + power protection exit”, and the principle of electricity protection start up failure is that failure protection at the side which trips should be started.%针对500 kV主变失灵回路的特殊性,分别对主变高压侧、中压侧失灵启动回路的逻辑原理进行论述.通过对主变失灵保护的启动回路和跳闸回路的分析,总结了主变高压侧失灵回路的特点即"高压侧任一断路器拒动联跳主变三侧断路器并跳开高压侧相关断路器";中压侧断路器失灵回路的特点即"断路器失灵解除复压闭锁且不判断路器位置".得出了主变失灵启动的判据即"电流判别+电量保护出口",电量保护启动失灵的原则--跳哪侧断路器启动哪侧失灵.

  18. Electronic devices and circuits

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    Pridham, Gordon John

    1968-01-01

    Electronic Devices and Circuits, Volume 1 deals with the design and applications of electronic devices and circuits such as passive components, diodes, triodes and transistors, rectification and power supplies, amplifying circuits, electronic instruments, and oscillators. These topics are supported with introductory network theory and physics. This volume is comprised of nine chapters and begins by explaining the operation of resistive, inductive, and capacitive elements in direct and alternating current circuits. The theory for some of the expressions quoted in later chapters is presented. Th

  19. MOS integrated circuit design

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    Wolfendale, E

    2013-01-01

    MOS Integral Circuit Design aims to help in the design of integrated circuits, especially large-scale ones, using MOS Technology through teaching of techniques, practical applications, and examples. The book covers topics such as design equation and process parameters; MOS static and dynamic circuits; logic design techniques, system partitioning, and layout techniques. Also featured are computer aids such as logic simulation and mask layout, as well as examples on simple MOS design. The text is recommended for electrical engineers who would like to know how to use MOS for integral circuit desi

  20. CMOS circuits manual

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    Marston, R M

    1995-01-01

    CMOS Circuits Manual is a user's guide for CMOS. The book emphasizes the practical aspects of CMOS and provides circuits, tables, and graphs to further relate the fundamentals with the applications. The text first discusses the basic principles and characteristics of the CMOS devices. The succeeding chapters detail the types of CMOS IC, including simple inverter, gate and logic ICs and circuits, and complex counters and decoders. The last chapter presents a miscellaneous collection of two dozen useful CMOS circuits. The book will be useful to researchers and professionals who employ CMOS circu

  1. Circuits and filters handbook

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    Chen, Wai-Kai

    2003-01-01

    A bestseller in its first edition, The Circuits and Filters Handbook has been thoroughly updated to provide the most current, most comprehensive information available in both the classical and emerging fields of circuits and filters, both analog and digital. This edition contains 29 new chapters, with significant additions in the areas of computer-aided design, circuit simulation, VLSI circuits, design automation, and active and digital filters. It will undoubtedly take its place as the engineer's first choice in looking for solutions to problems encountered in the design, analysis, and behavi

  2. Timergenerator circuits manual

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    Marston, R M

    2013-01-01

    Timer/Generator Circuits Manual is an 11-chapter text that deals mainly with waveform generator techniques and circuits. Each chapter starts with an explanation of the basic principles of its subject followed by a wide range of practical circuit designs. This work presents a total of over 300 practical circuits, diagrams, and tables.Chapter 1 outlines the basic principles and the different types of generator. Chapters 2 to 9 deal with a specific type of waveform generator, including sine, square, triangular, sawtooth, and special waveform generators pulse. These chapters also include pulse gen

  3. Logic circuit and computer

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    This book contains eight chapters, which are introduction of computer like history of computer, integrated circuit, micro processor and micro computer, number system and binary code such as complement and parity bit, boolean algebra and logic circuit like karnaugh map, Quine-Mclusky, and prime implicant, integrated logic circuit such as adder, subtractor, carry propagation and magnitude comparator, order logic circuit and memory like flip-flop, serial binary adder and counter, IC logic gate such as IC logic level and ECL, development of structure of micro processor and instruction and addressing mode.

  4. Security electronics circuits manual

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    MARSTON, R M

    1998-01-01

    Security Electronics Circuits Manual is an invaluable guide for engineers and technicians in the security industry. It will also prove to be a useful guide for students and experimenters, as well as providing experienced amateurs and DIY enthusiasts with numerous ideas to protect their homes, businesses and properties.As with all Ray Marston's Circuits Manuals, the style is easy-to-read and non-mathematical, with the emphasis firmly on practical applications, circuits and design ideas. The ICs and other devices used in the practical circuits are modestly priced and readily available ty

  5. Signal sampling circuit

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    Louwsma, Simon Minze; Vertregt, Maarten

    2011-01-01

    A sampling circuit for sampling a signal is disclosed. The sampling circuit comprises a plurality of sampling channels adapted to sample the signal in time-multiplexed fashion, each sampling channel comprising a respective track-and-hold circuit connected to a respective analogue to digital converter via a respective output switch. The output switch of each channel opens for a tracking time period when the track-and-hold circuit is in a tracking mode for sampling the signal, and closes for a ...

  6. The Impact Of Surface Shape Of Chip-Breaker On Machined Surface

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    Šajgalík, Michal; Czán, Andrej; Martinček, Juraj; Varga, Daniel; Hemžský, Pavel; Pitela, David

    2015-12-01

    Machined surface is one of the most used indicators of workpiece quality. But machined surface is influenced by several factors such as cutting parameters, cutting material, shape of cutting tool or cutting insert, micro-structure of machined material and other known as technological parameters. By improving of these parameters, we can improve machined surface. In the machining, there is important to identify the characteristics of main product of these processes - workpiece, but also the byproduct - the chip. Size and shape of chip has impact on lifetime of cutting tools and its inappropriate form can influence the machine functionality and lifetime, too. This article deals with elimination of long chip created when machining of shaft in automotive industry and with impact of shape of chip-breaker on shape of chip in various cutting conditions based on production requirements.

  7. Inhibition of aggregation of amyloid peptides by beta-sheet breaker peptides and their binding affinity.

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    Viet, Man Hoang; Ngo, Son Tung; Lam, Nguyen Sy; Li, Mai Suan

    2011-06-01

    The effects of beta-sheet breaker peptides KLVFF and LPFFD on the oligomerization of amyloid peptides were studied by all-atom simulations. It was found that LPFFD interferes the aggregation of Aβ(16-22) peptides to a greater extent than does KLVFF. Using the molecular mechanics-Poisson-Boltzmann surface area (MM-PBSA) method, we found that the former binds more strongly to Aβ(16-22). Therefore, by simulations, we have clarified the relationship between aggregation rates and binding affinity: the stronger the ligand binding, the slower the oligomerization process. The binding affinity of pentapeptides to full-length peptide Aβ(1-40) and its mature fibrils has been considered using the Autodock and MM-PBSA methods. The hydrophobic interaction between ligands and receptors plays a more important role for association than does hydrogen bonding. The influence of beta-sheet breaker peptides on the secondary structures of monomer Aβ(1-40) was studied in detail, and it turns out that, in their presence, the total beta-sheet content can be enhanced. However, the aggregation can be slowed because the beta-content is reduced in fibril-prone regions. Both pentapeptides strongly bind to monomer Aβ(1-40), as well as to mature fibrils, but KLVFF displays a lower binding affinity than LPFFD. Our findings are in accord with earlier experiments that both of these peptides can serve as prominent inhibitors. In addition, we predict that LPFFD inhibits/degrades the fibrillogenesis of full-length amyloid peptides better than KLVFF. This is probably related to a difference in their total hydrophobicities in that the higher the hydrophobicity, the lower the inhibitory capacity. The GROMOS96 43a1 force field with explicit water and the force field proposed by Morris et al. (Morris et al. J. Comput. Chem. 1998, 19, 1639 ) were employed for all-atom molecular dynamics simulations and Autodock experiments, respectively. PMID:21563780

  8. Scaled photographs of surf over the full range of breaker sizes on the north shore of Oahu and Jaws, Maui, Hawaiian Islands (NODC Accession 0001753)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Digital surf photographs were scaled using surfers as height benchmarks to estimate the size of the breakers. Historical databases for surf height in Hawaii are...

  9. Synchronizing Hyperchaotic Circuits

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    Tamasevicius, Arunas; Cenys, Antanas; Namajunas, Audrius;

    1997-01-01

    Regarding possible applications to secure communications the technique of synchronizing hyperchaotic circuits with a single dynamical variable is discussed. Several specific examples including the fourth-order circuits with two positive Lyapunov exponents as well as the oscillator with a delay line...

  10. A Virtual Circuits Lab

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    Vick, Matthew E.

    2010-01-01

    The University of Colorado's Physics Education Technology (PhET) website offers free, high-quality simulations of many physics experiments that can be used in the classroom. The Circuit Construction Kit, for example, allows students to safely and constructively play with circuit components while learning the mathematics behind many circuit…

  11. Synchronizing Hyperchaotic Circuits

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    Tamasevicius, Arunas; Cenys, Antanas; Namajunas, Audrius; Mykolaitis, Gytis; Lindberg, Erik

    1997-01-01

    Regarding possible applications to secure communications the technique of synchronizing hyperchaotic circuits with a single dynamical variable is discussed. Several specific examples including the fourth-order circuits with two positive Lyapunov exponents as well as the oscillator with a delay line...... characterized by multiple positive Lyapunov exponents are reviewd....

  12. Genetic circuit design automation.

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    Nielsen, Alec A K; Der, Bryan S; Shin, Jonghyeon; Vaidyanathan, Prashant; Paralanov, Vanya; Strychalski, Elizabeth A; Ross, David; Densmore, Douglas; Voigt, Christopher A

    2016-04-01

    Computation can be performed in living cells by DNA-encoded circuits that process sensory information and control biological functions. Their construction is time-intensive, requiring manual part assembly and balancing of regulator expression. We describe a design environment, Cello, in which a user writes Verilog code that is automatically transformed into a DNA sequence. Algorithms build a circuit diagram, assign and connect gates, and simulate performance. Reliable circuit design requires the insulation of gates from genetic context, so that they function identically when used in different circuits. We used Cello to design 60 circuits forEscherichia coli(880,000 base pairs of DNA), for which each DNA sequence was built as predicted by the software with no additional tuning. Of these, 45 circuits performed correctly in every output state (up to 10 regulators and 55 parts), and across all circuits 92% of the output states functioned as predicted. Design automation simplifies the incorporation of genetic circuits into biotechnology projects that require decision-making, control, sensing, or spatial organization. PMID:27034378

  13. Amplifier improvement circuit

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    Sturman, J.

    1968-01-01

    Stable input stage was designed for the use with a integrated circuit operational amplifier to provide improved performance as an instrumentation-type amplifier. The circuit provides high input impedance, stable gain, good common mode rejection, very low drift, and low output impedance.

  14. Numerical simulation of temperature fluctuation reduction by a vortex breaker in an elbow pipe with thermal stratification

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    Highlights: • Thermal stratification can cause thermal fatigue in an elbow pipe. • Temperature fluctuations were modeled by large-eddy simulation. • Temperature fluctuations can be reduced by fixing a vortex breaker. - Abstract: Thermal fluctuations in an elbow pipe with thermal stratification can readily lead to thermal fatigue in a nuclear power plant, and hence have attracted considerable attention in nuclear engineering and technology. This work describes a mathematical model for the study of the mechanism of heat transfer in an elbow pipe with thermal stratification. The temperature fluctuations of the fluid are modeled by means of large eddy simulations on the FLUENT platform. The numerical results show that temperature fluctuations in the elbow pipe can be reduced by fixing a vortex breaker in the upper straight pipe

  15. Approximate circuits for increased reliability

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    Hamlet, Jason R.; Mayo, Jackson R.

    2015-08-18

    Embodiments of the invention describe a Boolean circuit having a voter circuit and a plurality of approximate circuits each based, at least in part, on a reference circuit. The approximate circuits are each to generate one or more output signals based on values of received input signals. The voter circuit is to receive the one or more output signals generated by each of the approximate circuits, and is to output one or more signals corresponding to a majority value of the received signals. At least some of the approximate circuits are to generate an output value different than the reference circuit for one or more input signal values; however, for each possible input signal value, the majority values of the one or more output signals generated by the approximate circuits and received by the voter circuit correspond to output signal result values of the reference circuit.

  16. Approximate circuits for increased reliability

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    Hamlet, Jason R.; Mayo, Jackson R.

    2015-12-22

    Embodiments of the invention describe a Boolean circuit having a voter circuit and a plurality of approximate circuits each based, at least in part, on a reference circuit. The approximate circuits are each to generate one or more output signals based on values of received input signals. The voter circuit is to receive the one or more output signals generated by each of the approximate circuits, and is to output one or more signals corresponding to a majority value of the received signals. At least some of the approximate circuits are to generate an output value different than the reference circuit for one or more input signal values; however, for each possible input signal value, the majority values of the one or more output signals generated by the approximate circuits and received by the voter circuit correspond to output signal result values of the reference circuit.

  17. Chelation: A Fundamental Mechanism of Action of AGE Inhibitors, AGE Breakers, and Other Inhibitors of Diabetes Complications

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    Nagai, Ryoji; Murray, David B.; Metz, Thomas O.; Baynes, John W.

    2012-01-01

    This article outlines evidence that advanced glycation end product (AGE) inhibitors and breakers act primarily as chelators, inhibiting metal-catalyzed oxidation reactions that catalyze AGE formation. We then present evidence that chelation is the most likely mechanism by which ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and aldose reductase inhibitors inhibit AGE formation in diabetes. Finally, we note several recent studies demonstrating therapeutic benefits of chelators for diabetic car...

  18. Inhibition of Cu-amyloid-β by using bifunctional peptides with β-sheet breaker and chelator moieties.

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    Jensen, Madeleine; Canning, Anne; Chiha, Sabri; Bouquerel, Pierre; Pedersen, Jeppe Trudslev; Østergaard, Jesper; Cuvillier, Olivier; Sasaki, Isabelle; Hureau, Christelle; Faller, Peter

    2012-04-16

    Breaking the mold: Inhibition of toxic amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregates and disruption of Cu-Aβ with subsequent redox-silencing of Cu have been considered promising strategies against Alzheimer's disease. The design and proof of concept of simple peptides containing a Cu-chelating/redox-silencing unit and an Aβ-aggregation inhibition unit (β-sheet breaker) is described (see scheme). PMID:22422637

  19. Circuit analysis with Multisim

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    Baez-Lopez, David

    2011-01-01

    This book is concerned with circuit simulation using National Instruments Multisim. It focuses on the use and comprehension of the working techniques for electrical and electronic circuit simulation. The first chapters are devoted to basic circuit analysis.It starts by describing in detail how to perform a DC analysis using only resistors and independent and controlled sources. Then, it introduces capacitors and inductors to make a transient analysis. In the case of transient analysis, it is possible to have an initial condition either in the capacitor voltage or in the inductor current, or bo

  20. Troubleshooting analog circuits

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    Pease, Robert A

    1991-01-01

    Troubleshooting Analog Circuits is a guidebook for solving product or process related problems in analog circuits. The book also provides advice in selecting equipment, preventing problems, and general tips. The coverage of the book includes the philosophy of troubleshooting; the modes of failure of various components; and preventive measures. The text also deals with the active components of analog circuits, including diodes and rectifiers, optically coupled devices, solar cells, and batteries. The book will be of great use to both students and practitioners of electronics engineering. Other

  1. Plasmonic Nanoguides and Circuits

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    Bozhevolnyi, Sergey

    2008-01-01

    Modern communication systems dealing with huge amounts of data at ever increasing speed try to utilize the best aspects of electronic and optical circuits. Electronic circuits are tiny but their operation speed is limited, whereas optical circuits are extremely fast but their sizes are limited by diffraction. Waveguide components utilizing surface plasmon (SP) modes were found to combine the huge optical bandwidth and compactness of electronics, and plasmonics thereby began to be considered as the next chip-scale technology. In this book, the authors concentrate on the SP waveguide configurati

  2. Nonlinear dynamics in circuits

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    Carroll, TL

    1995-01-01

    This volume describes the use of simple analog circuits to study nonlinear dynamics, chaos and stochastic resonance. The circuit experiments that are described are mostly easy and inexpensive to reproduce, and yet these experiments come from the forefront of nonlinear dynamics research. The individual chapters describe why analog circuits are so useful for studying nonlinear dynamics, and include theoretical as well as experimental results from some of the leading researchers in the field. Most of the articles contain some tutorial sections for the less experienced readers.The audience for thi

  3. Counting rate logarithmic circuits

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    This paper describes the basic circuit and the design method for a multidecade logarithmic counting ratemeter. The method is based on the charging and discharging of several RC time constants. An F.E.T. switch is used and the drain current is converted into a proportional voltage by a current to voltage converter. The logarithmic linearity was estimated for 4 decades starting from 50 cps. This circuit can be used in several nuclear instruments like survey meters and counting systems. This circuits has been developed as part of campbell channel instrumentation. (author)

  4. Optoelectronics circuits manual

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    Marston, R M

    2013-01-01

    Optoelectronics Circuits Manual covers the basic principles and characteristics of the best known types of optoelectronic devices, as well as the practical applications of many of these optoelectronic devices. The book describes LED display circuits and LED dot- and bar-graph circuits and discusses the applications of seven-segment displays, light-sensitive devices, optocouplers, and a variety of brightness control techniques. The text also tackles infrared light-beam alarms and multichannel remote control systems. The book provides practical user information and circuitry and illustrations.

  5. Modern TTL circuits manual

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    Marston, R M

    2013-01-01

    Modern TTL Circuits Manual provides an introduction to the basic principles of Transistor-Transistor Logic (TTL). This book outlines the major features of the 74 series of integrated circuits (ICs) and introduces the various sub-groups of the TTL family.Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the basics of digital ICs. This text then examines the symbology and mathematics of digital logic. Other chapters consider a variety of topics, including waveform generator circuitry, clocked flip-flop and counter circuits, special counter/dividers, registers, data latches, com

  6. Printed circuit for ATLAS

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    Laurent Guiraud

    1999-01-01

    A printed circuit board made by scientists in the ATLAS collaboration for the transition radiaton tracker (TRT). This will read data produced when a high energy particle crosses the boundary between two materials with different electrical properties.

  7. Synthetic in vitro circuits

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    Hockenberry, Adam J.; Jewett, Michael C.

    2012-01-01

    Inspired by advances in the ability to construct programmable circuits in living organisms, in vitro circuits are emerging as a viable platform for designing, understanding, and exploiting dynamic biochemical circuitry. In vitro systems allow researchers to directly access and manipulate biomolecular parts without the unwieldy complexity and intertwined dependencies that often exist in vivo. Experimental and computational foundations in DNA, DNA/RNA, and DNA/RNA/protein based circuitry have g...

  8. Peak reading detector circuit

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    The peak reading detector circuit serves for picking up the instants during which peaks of a given polarity occur in sequences of signals in which the extreme values, their time intervals, and the curve shape of the signals vary. The signal sequences appear in measuring the foetal heart beat frequence from amplitude-modulated ultrasonic, electrocardiagram, and blood pressure signals. In order to prevent undesired emission of output signals from, e. g., disturbing intermediate extreme values, the circuit consists of the series connections of a circuit to simulate an ideal diode, a strong unit, a discriminator for the direction of charging current, a time-delay circuit, and an electronic switch lying in the decharging circuit of the storage unit. The time-delay circuit thereby causes storing of a preliminary maximum value being used only after a certain time delay for the emission of the output signal. If a larger extreme value occurs during the delay time the preliminary maximum value is cleared and the delay time starts running anew. (DG/PB)

  9. Load Flow and Short Circuit Analysis of the Class III Power System of HANARO

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    The planning, design, and operation of electric power system require engineering studies to assist in the evaluation of the system performance, reliability, safety and economics. The Class III power of HANARO supplies power for not only HANARO but also RIPF and IMEF. The starting current of most ac motors is five to ten times normal full load current. The loads of the Class III power are connected in consecutive orders at an interval for 10 seconds to avoid excessive voltage drop. This technical report deals with the load flow study and motor starting study for the Class III power of HANARO using ETAP(Electrical Transient Analyzer Program) to verify the capacity of the diesel generator. Short-circuit studies are done to determine the magnitude of the prospective currents flowing throughout the power system at various time intervals after a fault occurs. Short-circuit studies can be performed at the planning stage in order to help finalize the system layout, determine voltage levels, and size cables, transformers, and conductors. From this study, we verify the short circuit current capacity of air circuit breaker(ACB) and automatic transfer switch(ATS) of the Class III power

  10. Identification Trouble Valve Destruction On Hidroulic Press Breaker Model MPV.1620 ''DAVY-ITALlA''

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    To 'utility instalation examination and operation test, how long capacity to appear on the severaly valve.Torned valve on hidroulic press breaker is three sample: The first directional control valve type. 4 WE 10 H 32 / CE 24 N 9 Z4. Coil: Hydronorma GZ . 63-4 -A. 476. 24VDC, 1,46 A. For two and three is boll spriral spring valve Process operation explanation a short is oil lubrication to pump from reception center tank in to directional control valve then distributed. anything to boll spiral spring valve continued to hidroulic piston for pressed the sample job / plate thickness maximum = 16 mm with to different corner model, maximum press = 160 bar.Hindrance principle is to utilize operation test, hidroulic piston movement botom-up is smothly 0 whereas botom-down went no smoothly. Operation test property to utilize repeated resutls of the aqua. Hindrance / broken the fist estimate that the hole oil works at the directional control valve to threadbore hidroulic piston, wherever preasure not maximum to manometer indicate = 0 bar, at the moment to utilize operation. The second on the boll spiral spring valve no maximum, then to utilize servise detail and to utilize operation test againt. The results from operation test to concende destruction at the boll spiral spring valve, wherever after over houling to appear boll massive place position possessed spring wire> 3 mm to twist of couse preasure to press hidroulic piston no maximum because from leaking

  11. The Mind Grows Circuits

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    Panigrahy, Rina

    2012-01-01

    There is a vast supply of prior art that study models for mental processes. Some studies in psychology and philosophy approach it from an inner perspective in terms of experiences and percepts. Others such as neurobiology or connectionist-machines approach it externally by viewing the mind as complex circuit of neurons where each neuron is a primitive binary circuit. In this paper, we also model the mind as a place where a circuit grows, starting as a collection of primitive components at birth and then builds up incrementally in a bottom up fashion. A new node is formed by a simple composition of prior nodes when we undergo a repeated experience that can be described by that composition. Unlike neural networks, however, these circuits take "concepts" or "percepts" as inputs and outputs. Thus the growing circuits can be likened to a growing collection of lambda expressions that are built on top of one another in an attempt to compress the sensory input as a heuristic to bound its Kolmogorov Complexity.

  12. Characteristics of the Delayed Current-zero Crossing of Short-circuit Current Occurred in the UHV Series Compensated Transmission Line%特高压串补线路短路电流的延时过零特性

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    关永刚; 郭珮琪; 项祖涛; 徐国政; 刘卫东

    2015-01-01

    特高压串补线路故障时流经断路器的短路电流可能出现延时过零现象,给断路器的成功开断造成困难.依据中国1 000 kV同塔双回线路的典型参数,仿真分析了该现象的产生机制.双回线路中,故障回路串补保护装置MOV动作引起短路电流中的周期分量经非故障回路分流,是造成流经串补装置远端的断路器中短路电流过零延时的主要原因.就影响该现象的因素如故障类型、故障点位置、线路长度、串补布置方式以及串补度进行了探讨.根据仿真结果,建议采取串补分散布置和提高断路器开断性能来解决该问题,不建议特高压交流断路器加装分闸电阻.%The delayed current-zero crossing of short circuits current can happen in UHV systems with series-compensation when fault occurs and can create difficulties to the circuit breakers to interrupt. This paper analyzed the mechanism of the above phenomenon based on the typical parameters of 1000kV double circuit transmission line in China. The key reason for the delayed current-zero crossing of current passing through the circuit breaker which is far away from the series compensation is that the bypass flowing of periodic content of fault current through non-fault line which caused by the action of MOV in the series compensation. The factors that influenced the delayed current-zero crossing have been studied, such as fault type, fault location, line length, series compensator arrangement and series compensation degree. According to the simulation results, it is recommended to take the dispersed arrangement of series compensation and improve the capacity of circuit breaker to solve this problem, opposed to apply opening resistances on the circuit breaker in UHV line with series-compensation.

  13. Circuit board accident--organizational dimension hidden by prescribed safety.

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    de Almeida, Ildeberto Muniz; Buoso, Eduardo; do Amaral Dias, Maria Dionísia; Vilela, Rodolfo Andrade Gouveia

    2012-01-01

    This study analyzes an accident in which two maintenance workers suffered severe burns while replacing a circuit breaker panel in a steel mill, following model of analysis and prevention of accidents (MAPA) developed with the objective of enlarging the perimeter of interventions and contributing to deconstruction of blame attribution practices. The study was based on materials produced by a health service team in an in-depth analysis of the accident. The analysis shows that decisions related to system modernization were taken without considering their implications in maintenance scheduling and creating conflicts of priorities and of interests between production and safety; and also reveals that the lack of a systemic perspective in safety management was its principal failure. To explain the accident as merely non-fulfillment of idealized formal safety rules feeds practices of blame attribution supported by alibi norms and inhibits possible prevention. In contrast, accident analyses undertaken in worker health surveillance services show potential to reveal origins of these events incubated in the history of the system ignored in practices guided by the traditional paradigm. PMID:22317212

  14. Semiconductor circuits worked examples

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    Abrahams, J R; Hiller, N

    1966-01-01

    Semiconductor Circuits: Worked Examples is a companion volume to Semiconductor Circuits: Theory, Design and Experiment. This book is a presentation of many questions at the undergraduate and technical level centering on the transistor. The problems concern basic physical theories of energy bands, covalent bond, and crystal lattice. Questions regarding the intrinsic property and impurity of semiconductors are also asked after the book presents a brief discussion of semiconductors. This book addresses the physical principles of semiconductor devices by presenting questions and worked examples o

  15. Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics

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    Bishop, Lev S

    2010-01-01

    Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics (cQED), the study of the interaction between superconducting circuits behaving as artificial atoms and 1-dimensional transmission-line resonators, has shown much promise for quantum information processing tasks. For the purposes of quantum computing it is usual to approximate the artificial atoms as 2-level qubits, and much effort has been expended on attempts to isolate these qubits from the environment and to invent ever more sophisticated control and measurement schemes. Rather than focussing on these technological aspects of the field, this thesis investigates the opportunities for using these carefully engineered systems for answering questions of fundamental physics.

  16. Primer printed circuit boards

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    Argyle, Andrew

    2009-01-01

    Step-by-step instructions for making your own PCBs at home. Making your own printed circuit board (PCB) might seem a daunting task, but once you master the steps, it's easy to attain professional-looking results. Printed circuit boards, which connect chips and other components, are what make almost all modern electronic devices possible. PCBs are made from sheets of fiberglass clad with copper, usually in multiplelayers. Cut a computer motherboard in two, for instance, and you'll often see five or more differently patterned layers. Making boards at home is relatively easy

  17. Compound semiconductor integrated circuits

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    Vu, Tho T

    2003-01-01

    This is the book version of a special issue of the International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems , reviewing recent work in the field of compound semiconductor integrated circuits. There are fourteen invited papers covering a wide range of applications, frequencies and materials. These papers deal with digital, analog, microwave and millimeter-wave technologies, devices and integrated circuits for wireline fiber-optic lightwave transmissions, and wireless radio-frequency microwave and millimeter-wave communications. In each case, the market is young and experiencing rapid growth

  18. Electronic circuits fundamentals & applications

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    Tooley, Mike

    2015-01-01

    Electronics explained in one volume, using both theoretical and practical applications.New chapter on Raspberry PiCompanion website contains free electronic tools to aid learning for students and a question bank for lecturersPractical investigations and questions within each chapter help reinforce learning Mike Tooley provides all the information required to get to grips with the fundamentals of electronics, detailing the underpinning knowledge necessary to appreciate the operation of a wide range of electronic circuits, including amplifiers, logic circuits, power supplies and oscillators. The

  19. Circuit design for reliability

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    Cao, Yu; Wirth, Gilson

    2015-01-01

    This book presents physical understanding, modeling and simulation, on-chip characterization, layout solutions, and design techniques that are effective to enhance the reliability of various circuit units.  The authors provide readers with techniques for state of the art and future technologies, ranging from technology modeling, fault detection and analysis, circuit hardening, and reliability management. Provides comprehensive review on various reliability mechanisms at sub-45nm nodes; Describes practical modeling and characterization techniques for reliability; Includes thorough presentation of robust design techniques for major VLSI design units; Promotes physical understanding with first-principle simulations.

  20. Electronic circuit analysis

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    Kishore, K Lal

    2008-01-01

    Second Edition of the book Electronic Circuit Analysis is brought out with certain new Topics and reorganization of text matter into eight units. With addition of new topics, syllabi of many universities in this subject can be covered. Besides this, the book can also meet the requirements of M.Sc (Electronics), AMIETE, AMIE (Electronics) courses. Text matter is improved thoroughly. New topics like frequency effects in multistage amplifiers, amplifier circuit analysis, design of high frequency amplifiers, switching regulators, voltage multipliers, Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS), and Switchi

  1. Chaotic memristive circuit: equivalent circuit realization and dynamical analysis

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    Bao Bo-Cheng; Xu Jian-Ping; Zhou Guo-Hua; Ma Zheng-Hua; Zou Ling

    2011-01-01

    In this paper,a practical equivalent circuit of an active flux-controlled memristor characterized by smooth piecewise-quadratic nonlinearity is designed and an experimental chaotic memristive circuit is implemented.The chaotic memristive circuit has an equilibrium set and its stability is dependent on the initial state of the memristor.The initial state-dependent and the circuit parameter-dependent dynamics of the chaotic memristive circuit are investigated via phase portraits,bifurcation diagrams and Lyapunov exponents.Both experimental and simulation results validate the proposed equivalent circuit realization of the active flux-controlled memristor.

  2. C16, a novel advanced glycation endproduct breaker, restores cardiovascular dysfunction in experimental diabetic rats

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    Gang CHENG; Li-li WANG; Wen-sheng QU; Long LONG; Hao CUI; Hong-ying LIU; Ying-lin CAO; Song LI

    2005-01-01

    Aim: Advanced glycation endproducts (AGE) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications, including diabetic cardiovascular dysfunction.3-[2-(4-Bromo-phenyl)- 1-methyl-2-oxo-ethyl]-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-benzothiazol-3-ium bromide (C16), a novel AGE breaker, was investigated for its effects on the development of cardiovascular disease in diabetic rats. Methods: Rats that had streptozotocin-induced diabetes for 12 weeks were divided into groups receiving C16 or vehicle by gavage. Results: In hemodynamic studies of the left ventricle,C16 treatment (25 or 50 mg/kg) for 4 weeks resulted in a significant increase in left ventricular systolic pressure, +dp/dtmax, and -dp/dtmax as compared with vehicletreated diabetic rats. Furthermore, in hemodynamic studies of the cardiovascular system, C16 (12.5, 25, or 50 mg/kg) treatment for 4 weeks resulted in a dosedependent and significant increase in cardiac output, a reduction of total peripheral resistance, and an increase in systemic arterial compliance when compared with vehicle-treated diabetic rats. Biochemical studies showed that C16 treatment also resulted in a significant decrease in immunoglobulin G-red blood cell surface crosslink content and an increase in collagen solubility. Morphological and immunohistochemical examinations indicated that C 16 was able to prevent increases of the collagen type Ⅲ/Ⅰ ratio in the aorta and decrease the accumulation of AGE in the aorta. Conclusion: C16 has the ability to reduce AGE accumulation in tissues in vivo, and can restore diabetes-associated cardiovascular disorders in rats. This provides a potential therapeutic approach for cardiovascular disease associated with diabetes and aging in humans.

  3. ESD analog circuits and design

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    Voldman, Steven H

    2014-01-01

    A comprehensive and in-depth review of analog circuit layout, schematic architecture, device, power network and ESD design This book will provide a balanced overview of analog circuit design layout, analog circuit schematic development, architecture of chips, and ESD design.  It will start at an introductory level and will bring the reader right up to the state-of-the-art. Two critical design aspects for analog and power integrated circuits are combined. The first design aspect covers analog circuit design techniques to achieve the desired circuit performance. The second and main aspect pres

  4. The Media as an Image Maker/Breaker: The Case of Tina Modotti and Its Literary Representation

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    Alvarez, Araceli

    2000-01-01

    The Media as an Image Maker/Breaker: The Case of Tina Modotti and Its Literary Representation Araceli Alvarez (ABSTRACT) This thesis examines the role the media played in shaping Tina Modotti's public image during the 1920s in Mexico and the representation of this image in the novel Tinísima by Elena Poniatowska. In Chapter I, the present study tackles also the issues behind the press attitude in relation to the Mexican political situation and the communist influence during t...

  5. Circuit Theory for SPICE of Spintronic Integrated Circuits

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    Manipatruni, Sasikanth; Nikonov, Dmitri E.; Young, Ian A.

    2011-01-01

    We present a theoretical and a numerical formalism for analysis and design of spintronic integrated circuits (SPINICs). The formalism encompasses a generalized circuit theory for spintronic integrated circuits based on nanomagnetic dynamics and spin transport. We propose an extension to the Modified Nodal Analysis technique for the analysis of spin circuits based on the recently developed spin conduction matrices. We demonstrate the applicability of the framework using an example spin logic c...

  6. Diagnosis technique for the detection of mechanical faults in power breakers; Tecnica de diagnostico para la deteccion de fallas mecanicas en interruptores de potencia

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    Linan, Roberto; Perez, Marciano; Estrada, J. Manuel [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1996-12-31

    This article reports a non-invasive diagnosis technique for the detection of mechanical faults in power breakers, supporting it with the recording and analysis of vibration signals of the equipment under test. Also, an assessment of four breakers using this technique is presented. [Espanol] En el presente articulo se reporta una tecnica de diagnostico no invasiva para detectar fallas mecanicas en interruptores de potencia, apoyandose en el registro y analisis de senales de vibracion del equipo bajo prueba. Asimismo, se presenta la evaluacion de cuatro interruptores usando esta tecnica.

  7. Reducing energy with asynchronous circuits

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    Rivas Barragan, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Reducing energy consumption using asynchronous circuits. The elastic clocks approach has been implemented along with a closed-feedback loop in order to achieve a lower energy consumption along with more reliability in integrated circuits.

  8. Electronic circuits and systems: A compilation. [including integrated circuits, logic circuits, varactor diode circuits, low pass filters, and optical equipment circuits

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    1975-01-01

    Technological information is presented electronic circuits and systems which have potential utility outside the aerospace community. Topics discussed include circuit components such as filters, converters, and integrators, circuits designed for use with specific equipment or systems, and circuits designed primarily for use with optical equipment or displays.

  9. Unstable oscillators based hyperchaotic circuit

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    Murali, K.; Tamasevicius, A.; G. Mykolaitis, A.;

    1999-01-01

    A simple 4th order hyperchaotic circuit with unstable oscillators is described. The circuit contains two negative impedance converters, two inductors, two capacitors, a linear resistor and a diode. The Lyapunov exponents are presented to confirm hyperchaotic nature of the oscillations in the...... circuit. The performance of the circuit is investigated by means of numerical integration of appropriate differential equations, PSPICE simulations, and hardware experiment....

  10. The LMT circuit and SPICE

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    Lindberg, Erik; Murali, K.; Tamacevicius, Arunas

    2006-01-01

    The state equations of the LMT circuit are modeled as a dedicated analogue computer circuit and solved by means of PSpice. The nonlinear part of the system is studied. Problems with the PSpice program are presented.......The state equations of the LMT circuit are modeled as a dedicated analogue computer circuit and solved by means of PSpice. The nonlinear part of the system is studied. Problems with the PSpice program are presented....

  11. Value Constraint and Monotone circuit

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    Kobayashi, Koji

    2012-01-01

    This paper talks about that monotone circuit is P-Complete. Decision problem that include P-Complete is mapping that classify input with a similar property. Therefore equivalence relation of input value is important for computation. But monotone circuit cannot compute the equivalence relation of the value because monotone circuit can compute only monotone function. Therefore, I make the value constraint explicitly in the input and monotone circuit can compute equivalence relation. As a result...

  12. Neurotrophins and spinal circuit function

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    Lorne M. Mendell

    2014-01-01

    Work early in the last century emphasized the stereotyped activity of spinal circuits based on studies of reflexes. However, the last several decades have focused on the plasticity of these spinal circuits. These considerations began with studies of the effects of monoamines on descending and reflex circuits. In recent years new classes of compounds called growth factors that are found in peripheral nerves and the spinal cord have been shown to affect circuit behavior in the spinal cord. In t...

  13. Dynamical models of cortical circuits.

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    Wolf, Fred; Engelken, Rainer; Puelma-Touzel, Maximilian; Weidinger, Juan Daniel Flórez; Neef, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Cortical neurons operate within recurrent neuronal circuits. Dissecting their operation is key to understanding information processing in the cortex and requires transparent and adequate dynamical models of circuit function. Convergent evidence from experimental and theoretical studies indicates that strong feedback inhibition shapes the operating regime of cortical circuits. For circuits operating in inhibition-dominated regimes, mathematical and computational studies over the past several y...

  14. Diode, transistor & fet circuits manual

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    Marston, R M

    2013-01-01

    Diode, Transistor and FET Circuits Manual is a handbook of circuits based on discrete semiconductor components such as diodes, transistors, and FETS. The book also includes diagrams and practical circuits. The book describes basic and special diode characteristics, heat wave-rectifier circuits, transformers, filter capacitors, and rectifier ratings. The text also presents practical applications of associated devices, for example, zeners, varicaps, photodiodes, or LEDs, as well as it describes bipolar transistor characteristics. The transistor can be used in three basic amplifier configuration

  15. Static Switching Dynamic Buffer Circuit

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    Pandey, A. K.; R. A. Mishra; R. K. Nagaria

    2013-01-01

    We proposed footless domino logic buffer circuit. It minimizes redundant switching at the dynamic and the output nodes. The proposed circuit avoids propagation of precharge pulse to the output node and allows the dynamic node which saves power consumption. Simulation is done using 0.18 µm CMOS technology. We have calculated the power consumption, delay, and power delay product of the proposed circuit and compared the results with the existing circuits for different logic function, loading co...

  16. Stochastic properties of circuit breaking arcs

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    Rothhardt, L.

    1985-09-01

    Results are discussed for research work concerning the influence of cooling gas turbulence onto the breaker arc and the dielectric properties of the widely used cooling gases, air, and SF6, at elevated temperatures, both needed for numerical simulation of the breaking action.

  17. Neuromorphic silicon neuron circuits

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Hardware implementations of spiking neurons can be extremely useful for a large variety of applications, ranging from high-speed modeling of large-scale neural systems to real-time behaving systems, to bidirectional brain-machine interfaces. The specific circuit solutions used to implement silicon neurons depend on the application requirements. In this paper we describe the most common building blocks and techniques used to implement these circuits, and present an overview of a wide range of neuromorphic silicon neurons, which implement different computational models, ranging from biophysically realistic and conductance based Hodgkin-Huxley models to bi-dimensional generalized adaptive Integrate and Fire models. We compare the different design methodologies used for each silicon neuron design described, and demonstrate their features with experimental results, measured from a wide range of fabricated VLSI chips.

  18. LC-Circuit Calorimetry

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    Bossen, Olaf

    2011-01-01

    We present a new type of calorimeter in which we couple an unknown heat capacity with the aid of Peltier elements to an electrical circuit. The use of an electrical inductance and an amplifier in the circuit allows us to achieve autonomous oscillations, and the measurement of the corresponding resonance frequency makes it possible to accurately measure the heat capacity with an intrinsic statistical error that decreases as ~t^{-3/2} with measuring time t, as opposed to a corresponding error ~t^{-1/2} in the conventional alternating current (a.c.) method to measure heat capacities. We have built a demonstration experiment to show the feasibility of the new technique, and we have tested it on a gadolinium sample at its transition to the ferromagnetic state.

  19. Refractory Neuron Circuits

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    Sarpeshkar, Rahul; Watts, Lloyd; Mead, Carver

    1992-01-01

    Neural networks typically use an abstraction of the behaviour of a biological neuron, in which the continuously varying mean firing rate of the neuron is presumed to carry information about the neuron's time-varying state of excitation. However, the detailed timing of action potentials is known to be important in many biological systems. To build electronic models of such systems, one must have well-characterized neuron circuits that capture the essential behaviour of real neur...

  20. Electronic devices and circuits

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    Kishore, K Lal

    2008-01-01

    This book is written in a simple lucid Language along with derivation of equations and supported by numerous solved problems to help the student to understand the concepts clearly.Advances in Miniaturization of Electronic Systems by ever increasing packaging densities on Integrated Circuits has made it very essential for thorough Knowledge of the concepts, phenomenon, characteristics and behaviour of semiconductor Devices for students and professionals.

  1. PARTICLE BEAM TRACKING CIRCUIT

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    Anderson, O.A.

    1959-05-01

    >A particle-beam tracking and correcting circuit is described. Beam induction electrodes are placed on either side of the beam, and potentials induced by the beam are compared in a voltage comparator or discriminator. This comparison produces an error signal which modifies the fm curve at the voltage applied to the drift tube, thereby returning the orbit to the preferred position. The arrangement serves also to synchronize accelerating frequency and magnetic field growth. (T.R.H.)

  2. Engineering prokaryotic gene circuits

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    Michalodimitrakis, Konstantinos; Isalan, Mark

    2009-01-01

    Engineering of synthetic gene circuits is a rapidly growing discipline, currently dominated by prokaryotic transcription networks, which can be easily rearranged or rewired to give different output behaviours. In this review, we examine both a rational and a combinatorial design of such networks and discuss progress on using in vitro evolution techniques to obtain functional systems. Moving beyond pure transcription networks, more and more networks are being implemented at the level of RNA, t...

  3. Integrated Circuit Immunity

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    Sketoe, J. G.; Clark, Anthony

    2000-01-01

    This paper presents a DOD E3 program overview on integrated circuit immunity. The topics include: 1) EMI Immunity Testing; 2) Threshold Definition; 3) Bias Tee Function; 4) Bias Tee Calibration Set-Up; 5) EDM Test Figure; 6) EMI Immunity Levels; 7) NAND vs. and Gate Immunity; 8) TTL vs. LS Immunity Levels; 9) TP vs. OC Immunity Levels; 10) 7805 Volt Reg Immunity; and 11) Seventies Chip Set. This paper is presented in viewgraph form.

  4. Fundamental Atomtronic Circuit Elements

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    Lee, Jeffrey; McIlvain, Brian; Lobb, Christopher; Hill, Wendell T., III

    2012-06-01

    Recent experiments with neutral superfluid gases have shown that it is possible to create atomtronic circuits analogous to existing superconducting circuits. The goals of these experiments are to create complex systems such as Josephson junctions. In addition, there are theoretical models for active atomtronic components analogous to diodes, transistors and oscillators. In order for any of these devices to function, an understanding of the more fundamental atomtronic elements is needed. Here we describe the first experimental realization of these more fundamental elements. We have created an atomtronic capacitor that is discharged through a resistance and inductance. We will discuss a theoretical description of the system that allows us to determine values for the capacitance, resistance and inductance. The resistance is shown to be analogous to the Sharvin resistance, and the inductance analogous to kinetic inductance in electronics. This atomtronic circuit is implemented with a thermal sample of laser cooled rubidium atoms. The atoms are confined using what we call free-space atom chips, a novel optical dipole trap produced using a generalized phase-contrast imaging technique. We will also discuss progress toward implementing this atomtronic system in a degenerate Bose gas.

  5. Semiconductor integrated circuits

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    An improved method involving ion implantation to form non-epitaxial semiconductor integrated circuits. These are made by forming a silicon substrate of one conductivity type with a recessed silicon dioxide region extending into the substrate and enclosing a portion of the silicon substrate. A beam of ions of opposite conductivity type impurity is directed at the substrate at an energy and dosage level sufficient to form a first region of opposite conductivity within the silicon dioxide region. This impurity having a concentration peak below the surface of the substrate forms a region of the one conductivity type which extends from the substrate surface into the first opposite type region to a depth between the concentration peak and the surface and forms a second region of opposite conductivity type. The method, materials and ion beam conditions are detailed. Vertical bipolar integrated circuits can be made this way when the first opposite type conductivity region will function as a collector. Also circuits with inverted bipolar devices when this first region functions as a 'buried'' emitter region. (U.K.)

  6. Changes to the shuttle circuits

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    2011-01-01

    To fit with passengers expectation, there will be some changes to the shuttle circuits as from Monday 10 October. See details on http://cern.ch/ShuttleService (on line on 7 October). Circuit No. 5 is cancelled as circuit No. 1 also stops at Bldg. 33. In order to guarantee shorter travel times, circuit No. 1 will circulate on Meyrin site only and circuit No. 2, with departures from Bldg. 33 and 500, on Prévessin site only. Site Services Section

  7. Experimental determination of circuit equations

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    Shulman, Jason; Widjaja, Matthew; Gunaratne, Gemunu H

    2013-01-01

    Kirchhoff's laws offer a general, straightforward approach to circuit analysis. Unfortunately, use of the laws becomes impractical for all but the simplest of circuits. This work presents a novel method of analyzing direct current resistor circuits. It is based on an approach developed to model complex networks, making it appropriate for use on large, complicated circuits. It is unique in that it is not an analytic method. It is based on experiment, yet the approach produces the same circuit equations obtained by more traditional means.

  8. Power system with an integrated lubrication circuit

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    Hoff, Brian D.; Akasam, Sivaprasad; Algrain, Marcelo C.; Johnson, Kris W.; Lane, William H.

    2009-11-10

    A power system includes an engine having a first lubrication circuit and at least one auxiliary power unit having a second lubrication circuit. The first lubrication circuit is in fluid communication with the second lubrication circuit.

  9. Integrated coherent matter wave circuits

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    An integrated coherent matter wave circuit is a single device, analogous to an integrated optical circuit, in which coherent de Broglie waves are created and then launched into waveguides where they can be switched, divided, recombined, and detected as they propagate. Applications of such circuits include guided atom interferometers, atomtronic circuits, and precisely controlled delivery of atoms. We report experiments demonstrating integrated circuits for guided coherent matter waves. The circuit elements are created with the painted potential technique, a form of time-averaged optical dipole potential in which a rapidly moving, tightly focused laser beam exerts forces on atoms through their electric polarizability. Moreover, the source of coherent matter waves is a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). Finally, we launch BECs into painted waveguides that guide them around bends and form switches, phase coherent beamsplitters, and closed circuits. These are the basic elements that are needed to engineer arbitrarily complex matter wave circuitry

  10. The effect of an advanced glycation end-product crosslink breaker and exercise training on vascular function in older individuals: a randomized factorial design trial.

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    Oudegeest-Sander, M.H.; Olde Rikkert, M.G.M.; Smits, P.; Thijssen, D.H.J.; Dijk, A.P.J. van; Levine, B.D.; Hopman, M.T.E.

    2013-01-01

    Aging leads to accumulation of irreversible advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), contributing to vascular stiffening and endothelial dysfunction. When combined with the AGE-crosslink breaker Alagebrium, exercise training reverses cardiovascular aging in experimental animals. This study is the fir

  11. Memristor based startup circuit for self biased circuits

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    Das, Mangal; Singh, Amit Kumar; Rathi, Amit; Singhal, Sonal

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents the design of a Memristor based startup circuit for self biased circuits. Memristor has many advantages over conventional CMOS devices such as low leakage current at nanometer scale, easy to manufacture. In this work the switching characteristics of memristor is utilized. First the theoretical equations describing the switching behavior of memristor are investigated. To prove the switching capability of Memristor, a startup circuit based on memristor is proposed which uses series combination of Memristor and capacitor. Proposed circuit is compared with the previously reported MOSFET based startup circuits. Comparison of different circuits was done to validate the results. Simulation results show that memristor based circuit can attain on (I = 12.94 µA) to off state (I = 1 .2 µA) in 25 ns while the MOSFET based startup circuits take on (I = 14.19 µA) to off state (I = 1.4 µA) in more than 90 ns. The benefit comes in terms of area because the number of components used in the circuit are lesser than the conventional startup circuits.

  12. Electronics circuits and systems

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    Bishop, Owen

    2007-01-01

    The material in Electronics - Circuits and Systems is a truly up-to-date textbook, with coverage carefully matched to the electronics units of the 2007 BTEC National Engineering and the latest AS and A Level specifications in Electronics from AQA, OCR and WJEC. The material has been organized with a logical learning progression, making it ideal for a wide range of pre-degree courses in electronics. The approach is student-centred and includes: numerous examples and activities; web research topics; Self Test features, highlighted key facts, formulae and definitions. Each chapter ends with a set

  13. Electronic logic circuits

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    Gibson, J

    2013-01-01

    Most branches of organizing utilize digital electronic systems. This book introduces the design of such systems using basic logic elements as the components. The material is presented in a straightforward manner suitable for students of electronic engineering and computer science. The book is also of use to engineers in related disciplines who require a clear introduction to logic circuits. This third edition has been revised to encompass the most recent advances in technology as well as the latest trends in components and notation. It includes a wide coverage of application specific integrate

  14. Photonic Integrated Circuits

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    Merritt, Scott; Krainak, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Integrated photonics generally is the integration of multiple lithographically defined photonic and electronic components and devices (e.g. lasers, detectors, waveguides passive structures, modulators, electronic control and optical interconnects) on a single platform with nanometer-scale feature sizes. The development of photonic integrated circuits permits size, weight, power and cost reductions for spacecraft microprocessors, optical communication, processor buses, advanced data processing, and integrated optic science instrument optical systems, subsystems and components. This is particularly critical for small spacecraft platforms. We will give an overview of some NASA applications for integrated photonics.

  15. Digital logic circuit test

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    This book is about digital logic circuit test, which lists the digital basic theory, basic gate like and, or And Not gate, NAND/NOR gate such as NAND gate, NOR gate, AND and OR, logic function, EX-OR gate, adder and subtractor, decoder and encoder, multiplexer, demultiplexer, flip-flop, counter such as up/down counter modulus N counter and Reset type counter, shift register, D/A and A/D converter and two supplements list of using components and TTL manual and CMOS manual.

  16. Biophotonic integrated circuits

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    Cohen, Daniel A.; Nolde, Jill A.; Wang, Chad S.; Skogen, Erik J.; Rivlin, A.; Coldren, Larry A.

    2004-12-01

    Biosensors rely on optical techniques to obtain high sensitivity and speed, but almost all biochips still require external light sources, optics, and detectors, which limits the widespread use of these devices. The optoelectronics technology base now allows monolithic integration of versatile optical sources, novel sensing geometries, filters, spectrometers, and detectors, enabling highly integrated chip-scale sensors. We discuss biophotonic integrated circuits built on both GaAs and InP substrates, incorporating widely tunable lasers, novel evanescent field sensing waveguides, heterodyne spectrometers, and waveguide photodetectors, suitable for high sensitivity transduction of affinity assays.

  17. Electric circuits problem solver

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    2012-01-01

    Each Problem Solver is an insightful and essential study and solution guide chock-full of clear, concise problem-solving gems. All your questions can be found in one convenient source from one of the most trusted names in reference solution guides. More useful, more practical, and more informative, these study aids are the best review books and textbook companions available. Nothing remotely as comprehensive or as helpful exists in their subject anywhere. Perfect for undergraduate and graduate studies.Here in this highly useful reference is the finest overview of electric circuits currently av

  18. Optoelectronics circuits manual

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    Marston, R M

    1999-01-01

    This manual is a useful single-volume guide specifically aimed at the practical design engineer, technician, and experimenter, as well as the electronics student and amateur. It deals with the subject in an easy to read, down to earth, and non-mathematical yet comprehensive manner, explaining the basic principles and characteristics of the best known devices, and presenting the reader with many practical applications and over 200 circuits. Most of the ICs and other devices used are inexpensive and readily available types, with universally recognised type numbers.The second edition

  19. Closed Circuit Videoinstallationen

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    Kacunko, Slavko

    and 650 artists. This and the notes on further reading and viewing will enable deeper explorations of the material in a way not unlike the open “hyper-text”- structure. Video technique makes it possible to simultaneously record and reproduce images, sound and sequences of motion; that potential can...... and at the same time general investigations. The research project, ‘Closed-Circuit-Video Installations. A Study on the History and Theory of Media Art’, is being supported by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, Cologne....

  20. Electronics circuits and systems

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    Bishop, Owen

    2011-01-01

    The material in Electronics - Circuits and Systems is a truly up-to-date textbook, with coverage carefully matched to the electronics units of the 2007 BTEC National Engineering and the latest AS and A Level specifications in Electronics from AQA, OCR and WJEC. The material has been organized with a logical learning progression, making it ideal for a wide range of pre-degree courses in electronics. The approach is student-centred and includes: numerous examples and activities; web research topics; Self Test features, highlighted key facts, formulae and definitions. Ea

  1. Integrated circuit cell library

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    Whitaker, Sterling R. (Inventor); Miles, Lowell H. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    According to the invention, an ASIC cell library for use in creation of custom integrated circuits is disclosed. The ASIC cell library includes some first cells and some second cells. Each of the second cells includes two or more kernel cells. The ASIC cell library is at least 5% comprised of second cells. In various embodiments, the ASIC cell library could be 10% or more, 20% or more, 30% or more, 40% or more, 50% or more, 60% or more, 70% or more, 80% or more, 90% or more, or 95% or more comprised of second cells.

  2. Linear integrated circuits

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    Carr, Joseph

    1996-01-01

    The linear IC market is large and growing, as is the demand for well trained technicians and engineers who understand how these devices work and how to apply them. Linear Integrated Circuits provides in-depth coverage of the devices and their operation, but not at the expense of practical applications in which linear devices figure prominently. This book is written for a wide readership from FE and first degree students, to hobbyists and professionals.Chapter 1 offers a general introduction that will provide students with the foundations of linear IC technology. From chapter 2 onwa

  3. Computational non-chemically equilibrium model on the current zero simulation in a model N2 circuit breaker under the free recovery condition

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    A non-chemically equilibrium (non-CE) model was established to investigate the N2 arc plasma in the decaying phase during the arc interruption, and was validated by comparison with the experimental results based on laser Thomson scattering. Unlike the conventional model assuming the local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE), in this non-CE model, the magneto-hydro-dynamics (MHD) method was coupled with the reaction kinetics to obtain the time-dependent species compositions and properties. The current calculation took into account five species in hot gas and 22 chemical reactions in total. The time-dependent species compositions of hot N2 were derived from the mass conservation equation for each species, considering the effect of the convection, diffusion and the chemical reaction. The influence of the non-CE compositions on the arc decaying behavior was realized by updating the thermodynamic and transport properties at each iterative step. The results indicate that the non-CE model can result in the departure of the arc decaying behavior from the LTE model, because it alters the time evolution of the species composition and consequently changes the thermodynamic and transport properties. At the edge of the arc, the time evolutions of the species are dominant by both the diffusion and the chemical reactions while at the center of the arc they are mainly influenced by the chemical reactions. Generally, the non-CE effect can lead to the delay of all the particles’ variations, particularly the electron decay, so that the arc interruption performance will be reduced compared with that in the LTE model. (paper)

  4. 110 kV断路器和微机保护的联动校验%Interacting Calibration of 110 kV Circuit Breaker and Microprocessing Proteetion

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    陈志诚; 詹仲延

    2002-01-01

    简单分析送变电工程或技改项目选用微机保护后、一些启动方案仍按以前电磁继电器保护原理编写的不足,并对送电工程试运行启动方案的编写提出了修改建议。

  5. Computational non-chemically equilibrium model on the current zero simulation in a model N2 circuit breaker under the free recovery condition

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    Sun, Hao; Tanaka, Yasunori; Tomita, Kentaro; Wu, Yi; Rong, Mingzhe; Uesugi, Yoshihiko; Ishijima, Tatsuo

    2016-02-01

    A non-chemically equilibrium (non-CE) model was established to investigate the N2 arc plasma in the decaying phase during the arc interruption, and was validated by comparison with the experimental results based on laser Thomson scattering. Unlike the conventional model assuming the local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE), in this non-CE model, the magneto-hydro-dynamics (MHD) method was coupled with the reaction kinetics to obtain the time-dependent species compositions and properties. The current calculation took into account five species in hot gas and 22 chemical reactions in total. The time-dependent species compositions of hot N2 were derived from the mass conservation equation for each species, considering the effect of the convection, diffusion and the chemical reaction. The influence of the non-CE compositions on the arc decaying behavior was realized by updating the thermodynamic and transport properties at each iterative step. The results indicate that the non-CE model can result in the departure of the arc decaying behavior from the LTE model, because it alters the time evolution of the species composition and consequently changes the thermodynamic and transport properties. At the edge of the arc, the time evolutions of the species are dominant by both the diffusion and the chemical reactions while at the center of the arc they are mainly influenced by the chemical reactions. Generally, the non-CE effect can lead to the delay of all the particles’ variations, particularly the electron decay, so that the arc interruption performance will be reduced compared with that in the LTE model.

  6. Optically controllable molecular logic circuits

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    Molecular logic circuits represent a promising technology for observation and manipulation of biological systems at the molecular level. However, the implementation of molecular logic circuits for temporal and programmable operation remains challenging. In this paper, we demonstrate an optically controllable logic circuit that uses fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) for signaling. The FRET-based signaling process is modulated by both molecular and optical inputs. Based on the distance dependence of FRET, the FRET pathways required to execute molecular logic operations are formed on a DNA nanostructure as a circuit based on its molecular inputs. In addition, the FRET pathways on the DNA nanostructure are controlled optically, using photoswitching fluorescent molecules to instruct the execution of the desired operation and the related timings. The behavior of the circuit can thus be controlled using external optical signals. As an example, a molecular logic circuit capable of executing two different logic operations was studied. The circuit contains functional DNAs and a DNA scaffold to construct two FRET routes for executing Input 1 AND Input 2 and Input 1 AND NOT Input 3 operations on molecular inputs. The circuit produced the correct outputs with all possible combinations of the inputs by following the light signals. Moreover, the operation execution timings were controlled based on light irradiation and the circuit responded to time-dependent inputs. The experimental results demonstrate that the circuit changes the output for the required operations following the input of temporal light signals

  7. Optically controllable molecular logic circuits

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    Nishimura, Takahiro, E-mail: t-nishimura@ist.osaka-u.ac.jp; Fujii, Ryo; Ogura, Yusuke; Tanida, Jun [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University, 1-5 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2015-07-06

    Molecular logic circuits represent a promising technology for observation and manipulation of biological systems at the molecular level. However, the implementation of molecular logic circuits for temporal and programmable operation remains challenging. In this paper, we demonstrate an optically controllable logic circuit that uses fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) for signaling. The FRET-based signaling process is modulated by both molecular and optical inputs. Based on the distance dependence of FRET, the FRET pathways required to execute molecular logic operations are formed on a DNA nanostructure as a circuit based on its molecular inputs. In addition, the FRET pathways on the DNA nanostructure are controlled optically, using photoswitching fluorescent molecules to instruct the execution of the desired operation and the related timings. The behavior of the circuit can thus be controlled using external optical signals. As an example, a molecular logic circuit capable of executing two different logic operations was studied. The circuit contains functional DNAs and a DNA scaffold to construct two FRET routes for executing Input 1 AND Input 2 and Input 1 AND NOT Input 3 operations on molecular inputs. The circuit produced the correct outputs with all possible combinations of the inputs by following the light signals. Moreover, the operation execution timings were controlled based on light irradiation and the circuit responded to time-dependent inputs. The experimental results demonstrate that the circuit changes the output for the required operations following the input of temporal light signals.

  8. Sequential circuit design for radiation hardened multiple voltage integrated circuits

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    Clark, Lawrence T.; McIver, III, John K.

    2009-11-24

    The present invention includes a radiation hardened sequential circuit, such as a bistable circuit, flip-flop or other suitable design that presents substantial immunity to ionizing radiation while simultaneously maintaining a low operating voltage. In one embodiment, the circuit includes a plurality of logic elements that operate on relatively low voltage, and a master and slave latches each having storage elements that operate on a relatively high voltage.

  9. Simple Cell Balance Circuit

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    Johnson, Steven D.; Byers, Jerry W.; Martin, James A.

    2012-01-01

    A method has been developed for continuous cell voltage balancing for rechargeable batteries (e.g. lithium ion batteries). A resistor divider chain is provided that generates a set of voltages representing the ideal cell voltage (the voltage of each cell should be as if the cells were perfectly balanced). An operational amplifier circuit with an added current buffer stage generates the ideal voltage with a very high degree of accuracy, using the concept of negative feedback. The ideal voltages are each connected to the corresponding cell through a current- limiting resistance. Over time, having the cell connected to the ideal voltage provides a balancing current that moves the cell voltage very close to that ideal level. In effect, it adjusts the current of each cell during charging, discharging, and standby periods to force the cell voltages to be equal to the ideal voltages generated by the resistor divider. The device also includes solid-state switches that disconnect the circuit from the battery so that it will not discharge the battery during storage. This solution requires relatively few parts and is, therefore, of lower cost and of increased reliability due to the fewer failure modes. Additionally, this design uses very little power. A preliminary model predicts a power usage of 0.18 W for an 8-cell battery. This approach is applicable to a wide range of battery capacities and voltages.

  10. Quasi-Linear Circuit

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    Bradley, William; Bird, Ross; Eldred, Dennis; Zook, Jon; Knowles, Gareth

    2013-01-01

    This work involved developing spacequalifiable switch mode DC/DC power supplies that improve performance with fewer components, and result in elimination of digital components and reduction in magnetics. This design is for missions where systems may be operating under extreme conditions, especially at elevated temperature levels from 200 to 300 degC. Prior art for radiation-tolerant DC/DC converters has been accomplished utilizing classical magnetic-based switch mode converter topologies; however, this requires specific shielding and component de-rating to meet the high-reliability specifications. It requires complex measurement and feedback components, and will not enable automatic re-optimization for larger changes in voltage supply or electrical loading condition. The innovation is a switch mode DC/DC power supply that eliminates the need for processors and most magnetics. It can provide a well-regulated voltage supply with a gain of 1:100 step-up to 8:1 step down, tolerating an up to 30% fluctuation of the voltage supply parameters. The circuit incorporates a ceramic core transformer in a manner that enables it to provide a well-regulated voltage output without use of any processor components or magnetic transformers. The circuit adjusts its internal parameters to re-optimize its performance for changes in supply voltage, environmental conditions, or electrical loading at the output

  11. A bit serial sequential circuit

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    Hu, S.; Whitaker, S.

    1990-01-01

    Normally a sequential circuit with n state variables consists of n unique hardware realizations, one for each state variable. All variables are processed in parallel. This paper introduces a new sequential circuit architecture that allows the state variables to be realized in a serial manner using only one next state logic circuit. The action of processing the state variables in a serial manner has never been addressed before. This paper presents a general design procedure for circuit construction and initialization. Utilizing pass transistors to form the combinational next state forming logic in synchronous sequential machines, a bit serial state machine can be realized with a single NMOS pass transistor network connected to shift registers. The bit serial state machine occupies less area than other realizations which perform parallel operations. Moreover, the logical circuit of the bit serial state machine can be modified by simply changing the circuit input matrix to develop an adaptive state machine.

  12. Synthetic Biology: Integrated Gene Circuits

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    Nandagopal, Nagarajan; Michael B Elowitz

    2011-01-01

    A major goal of synthetic biology is to develop a deeper understanding of biological design principles from the bottom up, by building circuits and studying their behavior in cells. Investigators initially sought to design circuits “from scratch” that functioned as independently as possible from the underlying cellular system. More recently, researchers have begun to develop a new generation of synthetic circuits that integrate more closely with endogenous cellular processes. These approaches...

  13. Quantum Circuits with Mixed States

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    Aharonov, Dorit; Kitaev, Alexei; Nisan, Noam

    1998-01-01

    We define the model of quantum circuits with density matrices, where non-unitary gates are allowed. Measurements in the middle of the computation, noise and decoherence are implemented in a natural way in this model, which is shown to be equivalent in computational power to standard quantum circuits. The main result in this paper is a solution for the subroutine problem: The general function that a quantum circuit outputs is a probabilistic function, but using pure state language, such a func...

  14. Microwatt Switched Capacitor Circuit Design

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    Vittoz, E.

    1982-01-01

    The micropower CMOS implementation of the three basic components of switched capacitor circuits is discussed. Switches must be carefully designed to allow low voltage operation and compensation of clock feed-through by dummy transistors. Matched capacitors can be implemented in single polysilicon technologies primarily designed for digital micropower circuits. Excellent micropower amplifiers are realized by using simple one-stage circuits which take advantage of the special behaviour of MOS t...

  15. Designing Parity Preserving Reversible Circuits

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    Paul, Goutam; Chattopadhyay, Anupam; Chandak, Chander

    2013-01-01

    Making a reversible circuit fault-tolerant is much more difficult than classical circuit and there have been only a few works in the area of parity-preserving reversible logic design. Moreover, all of these designs are ad hoc, based on some pre-defined parity preserving reversible gates as building blocks. In this paper, we for the first time propose a novel and systematic approach towards parity preserving reversible circuits design. We provide some related theoretical results and give two a...

  16. CMOS Nonlinear Signal Processing Circuits

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    Hung,; Yu-Cherng,

    2010-01-01

    The chapter describes various nonlinear signal processing CMOS circuits, including a high reliable WTA/LTA, simple MED cell, and low-voltage arbitrary order extractor. We focus the discussion on CMOS analog circuit design with reliable, programmable capability, and low voltage operation. It is a practical problem when the multiple identical cells are required to match and realized within a single chip using a conventional process. Thus, the design of high-reliable circuit is indeed needed. Th...

  17. 75 FR 12793 - Petitions for Modification

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    2010-03-17

    ... circuit current. The trip setting of these circuit breakers will be sealed or locked, and these circuit breakers will have permanent, legible labels. Each label will identify the circuit breaker as being...); (4) all circuit breakers used to protect trailing cables exceeding the pump approval length or...

  18. 46 CFR 169.683 - Overcurrent protection, general.

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    2010-10-01

    ... which it is to be used without damage to the circuit breaker. (i) Circuit breakers must indicate whether... not correspond to a standard rating of circuit breakers, the next larger rating not exceeding 150... circuits must be protected against overcurrent either by fuses or circuit breakers rated at not more...

  19. 49 CFR 236.13 - Spring switch; selection of signal control circuits through circuit controller.

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    2010-10-01

    ... circuits through circuit controller. 236.13 Section 236.13 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to...; selection of signal control circuits through circuit controller. The control circuits of signals governing... circuit controller, or through the contacts of relay repeating the position of such circuit...

  20. A Circuit to Demonstrate Phase Relationships in "RLC" Circuits

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    Sokol, P. E.; Warren, G.; Zheng, B.; Smith, P.

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a circuit to demonstrate the phase relationships between resistive and reactive elements in series "RLC" circuits. We utilize a differential amplifier to allow the phases of the three elements and the current to be simultaneously displayed on an inexpensive four channel oscilloscope. We have included a novel circuit…