Sensors 2010, 10(11), 9712-9725; doi:10.3390/s101109712

A Design of Wireless Sensor Networks for a Power Quality Monitoring System

1 Department of Information Media, University of Suwon/San 2-2, Wau-ri, Bongdam-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, 445-743, Korea 2 Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Incheon/12-1, Sondo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, 406-840, Korea 3 Computer Science and Information Engineering, Inha University/253, Yonghyun-dong, Nam-gu, Incheon, 402-751, Korea
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Received: 15 September 2010; in revised form: 14 October 2010 / Accepted: 20 October 2010 / Published: 1 November 2010
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Abstract: Power grids deal with the business of generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power. Recently, interest in power quality in electrical distribution systems has increased rapidly. In Korea, the communication network to deliver voltage, current, and temperature measurements gathered from pole transformers to remote monitoring centers employs cellular mobile technology. Due to high cost of the cellular mobile technology, power quality monitoring measurements are limited and data gathering intervals are large. This causes difficulties in providing the power quality monitoring service. To alleviate the problems, in this paper we present a communication infrastructure to provide low cost, reliable data delivery. The communication infrastructure consists of wired connections between substations and monitoring centers, and wireless connections between pole transformers and substations. For the wireless connection, we employ a wireless sensor network and design its corresponding data forwarding protocol to improve the quality of data delivery. For the design, we adopt a tree-based data forwarding protocol in order to customize the distribution pattern of the power quality information. We verify the performance of the proposed data forwarding protocol quantitatively using the NS-2 network simulator.
Keywords: wireless sensor network; electric distribution system; power quality; tree-based protocol; data forwarding protocol

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Lim, Y.; Kim, H.-M.; Kang, S. A Design of Wireless Sensor Networks for a Power Quality Monitoring System. Sensors 2010, 10, 9712-9725.

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Lim Y, Kim H-M, Kang S. A Design of Wireless Sensor Networks for a Power Quality Monitoring System. Sensors. 2010; 10(11):9712-9725.

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Lim, Yujin; Kim, Hak-Man; Kang, Sanggil. 2010. "A Design of Wireless Sensor Networks for a Power Quality Monitoring System." Sensors 10, no. 11: 9712-9725.

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