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Authors: Krutikov K., Fedotov V., Rozhkov V.     Published in № 4(94) 31 august 2021 year
Rubric: Models and methods

Simulation of the saturation process of a current transformer with a load

The article deals with the mathematical basis and simulation of the saturation processes of current transformers with aperiodic components of short-circuit currents. Saturation processes of current transformers can affect the correct operation of the protections. At power plants, in particular atomic ones, the number of current transformers is several hundred with different loads, lengths of supply cables and the implementation of relay protection. At the same time, the determination of the time to saturation is essential for the construction of circuits and principles of construction of relay protection systems and automation of power plants. The dynamic processes in the primary and secondary circuits of current transformers in dynamics are considered in detail. A mathematical description of the dynamic processes of a current transformer in the nominal mode and during a short circuit in its primary circuit is given. The substantiation of the expediency of using the hypothesis of a rectangular magnetization characteristic in simplified calculations of saturation processes is given. The possibility of using the characteristics of magnetization in the test protocols available in practice in the no-load mode to simulate saturation processes has been demonstrated. Simulation of current transformers for the no-load experiment and power supply of the current transformer from the secondary side, as well as during its operation under conditions of a short circuit on the primary side and a known load on the secondary side is carried out. Thus, with the help of a computer experiment, it is possible to take the current- voltage characteristics and transfer them to the model with the saturation of current transformers already in the short-circuit mode. The efficiency of dynamic simulation of current transformers is shown. The software implementation of the model is performed by means of structural simulation in the MatLab package, based on the solution of equations of matrix structures and emulation of parallel computations. It was found that with the adequacy of the model and the real current transformer with the involvement of information from the no-load mode, the determination of the magnetization time from the aperiodic current components from the model is much easier than the analysis by other existing methods. They require detailed design details of the current transformer and the magnetic properties of the steel.

Key words

saturation processes of current transformers, minimum time until saturation of current transformers, methods of calculation, computer modelling, structural simulation modeling, parallel computing

The author:

Krutikov K.

Degree:

Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Associate Professor, Theoretical Foundations of Electrical Engineering Department, Branch of the National Research University "MPEI" in Smolensk

Location:

Smolensk, Russia

The author:

Fedotov V.

Degree:

Master’s Student, Electromechanical Systems Department, Branch of the National Research University “MPEI” in Smolensk

Location:

Smolensk, Russia

The author:

Rozhkov V.

Degree:

Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Associate Professor, Head of the Electromechanical Systems Department, Branch of the National Research University "MPEI" in Smolensk

Location:

Smolensk, Russia