Respond to faults with minimum cost and maximum efficiency.
Extremely precise fault location on overhead power lines can significantly reduce costs for utilities. It enables operation and maintenance engineers to respond more rapidly to events, get to the site of faults faster and correct defects.
With Traveling Wave (TWS) Fault Location techniques, operators can pinpoint faults to within one tower accuracy - something far beyond traditional impedance methods.
Get Results in Minutes
Accurate results from circuit trips are automatically calculated and displayed in the dispatch centre within minutes of the event occurring.
Alert Crews Automatically
Fast, automatic dissemination of results gets the information directly to maintenance teams without the need for a protection engineer.
Capture All Faults
Returns quality results for all types of faults, including high resistance ground faults and open circuit. Accuracy is independent of line length, remote end infeed, non-uniform line construction, conductor asymmetry and mutual coupling.
Reduced System Risks
Faster restoration time reduces system risk posed by the possibility of a second or third coincident fault, and reduces uneconomic generation costs needed to maintain system security during the line outage.
Rectify Intermittent Faults
TWS lets you track intermittent self-clearing faults and focus maintenance at the right spot to prevent a major breakdown.
Most overhead line faults are transient and can be successfully re-closed. However, multiple trips can occur at the same place over time, due to a damaged insulator, growth of vegetation or conductor clashing.
Accurate fault location methods can pinpoint these trouble spots, allowing planned maintenance to be undertaken to rectify the ‘minor’ transient problem before it becomes a major or permanent one. Fewer line trips also reduces the number of voltage dips and subsequent customer complaints.
Qualitrol TWS-FL goes head-to-head with 3 other Traveling Wave Systems.
An Asian transmission utility invited four companies, including Qualitrol, to demonstrate the capabilities of their TWS Traveling Wave fault location systems. Each company had two days to install their equipment and on the third day the faults were induced.
Five tests were carried out over three days with one clear winner at the end.
Learn more about TWS Fault Location
Browse our technical papers on traveling wave application to find out more about this valuable application, including:
- how it compares to impedance methods
- how it has been used in sub-transmission applications, as well as in underground cable.
- how it is benefiting utilities far beyond its core application
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