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Energies 2018, 11(2), 430; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11020430

Insulation Coordination of Arcing Horns on HVDC Electrode Lines: Protection Performance Evaluation, Influence Factors and Improvement Method

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State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Key Laboratory of Pulsed Power Technology (Huazhong University of Science and Technology), Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430074, China
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Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 6 February 2018 / Accepted: 11 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
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Abstract

Arcing horns are widely used in high voltage overhead lines to protect insulator strings from being destroyed by the free burning arcs caused by lightening faults. In this paper, we focus on the insulation coordination of arcing horns on the electrode lines of a 5000 MW, ±800 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) system. The protection performance of arcing horns are determined by the characteristics of not only the external system but also the fault arc. Therefore, the behaviors and characteristics of long free burning arcs are investigated by the experiments at first. In order to evaluate the protection performance of arcing horns, the static stability criterion U-I characteristic method is introduced. The influence factors on the protection performance of arcing horns are analyzed theoretically. Finally, the improvement methods for the protection performance of arcing horns are proposed, and the diversified configuration strategy of arcing horns is recommended for cost saving. View Full-Text
Keywords: HVDC electrode line; arcing horn; insulation coordination; protection performance; long free burning arc; arc behavior and characteristic HVDC electrode line; arcing horn; insulation coordination; protection performance; long free burning arc; arc behavior and characteristic
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Li, X.; Li, H.; Liu, Y.; Lin, F. Insulation Coordination of Arcing Horns on HVDC Electrode Lines: Protection Performance Evaluation, Influence Factors and Improvement Method. Energies 2018, 11, 430.

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