Modelling and Simulation of Inductive Fault Current Limiters

Pina, João, Pedro Pereira, Gonçalves A. Pronto, Pedro Arsénio, and Tiago Silva. "Modelling and Simulation of Inductive Fault Current Limiters." Physics Procedia. 36 (2012): 1248-1253.


Inductive superconducting fault current limiters have already demonstrated their technical viability in electrical networks. Its architecture and robustness make them potentially adequate for distribution networks, and this type of devices is considered as an enabling technology for the advent of embedded generation with renewable energy sources. In order to promote the growth and maturity of these superconducting technologies, fast design tools must be developed, allowing simulating devices with different materials in grids with diverse characteristics. This work presents advances in the development of such tool, which, at present stage, is an effective alternative to software simulations by finite elements methods, reducing dramatically computation time. The algorithms are now compared with experimental results from a laboratory scale prototype, showing the need to refine them.



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