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2020 T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 211 Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subject Areas Energy â¢ Public Transportation â¢ Safety and Human Factors Guidebook for Detecting and Mitigating Low-Level DC Leakage and Fault Currents in Transit Systems Yilmaz Sozer The UniversiTy of Akron Akron, OH
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TCRP Research Report 211 documents low-level leakage current detection methods using two approaches. The first approach involves injecting a high frequency signal into a segment of the power line nonintrusively and determining the high frequency impedance of the selected line segment. Segmentation of the line is achieved by applying a virtual blocker at each end of the chosen segment. The high frequency impedance of that segment is thus linked to the condition of the cable and the level of the leakage current in the segment. The second approach measures the radio frequency (RF) emissions from the power network and relates the condition of the network to the frequency content of those emissions. This guidebook provides specifications for the sensors for the two approaches as well as outlines their capabilities and appropriate operating conditions. The sensors developed can be classified into two categories: (1) nonintrusive injection- based and (2) RF emission-based sensors. The frequency, voltage, and current limitations are specified for the injection-based sensors. The data processing and linkage to failures along with the frequency of operation are provided for the RF emission-based sensors. The report will be of interest to those responsible for detecting and mitigating low-level DC leakage and fault currents in transit systems. Improving the reliability of railway electric systems and preventing electrical outages resulting from insulator flashover and insulation failure are difficult because of aging infra- structure and the lack of tools for continuous monitoring. Leakage currents resulting from insulator failure or contact of nonconductive surfaces, such as animals or trees, with the conductor fall below the detectable level of conventional relays. Because these faults are often caused by energized conductors within public reach, they pose a threat to personal safety and property security. More often than is desirable, the service that electric rail- way systems provide to travelers is interrupted because of electric power disruptions. To minimize service disruptions, there is a need to design and develop a smart sensor network system to perform predictive electric system monitoring and to keep faults from occurring. The objectives of TCRP Project D-17 were to develop (a) one or more prototype methods, tools, or techniques for detecting and monitoring low-level DC leakage and fault currents (i.e., magnitude of current and location of fault) in electrified transit systems and (b) a guide to detecting and mitigating low-level DC leakage and fault currents in transit systems. Electrical faults of interest include, but are not limited to, those originating from sub surface conductors as well as third rail and overhead contact systems. The research team for TCRP Project D-17 developed prototypes for overhead contact systems. TCRP Project D-19 (Phase II of TCRP Project D-17) will develop prototypes for third rail systems in an effort to eliminate electrical fires in tunnels and on rights of way. F O R E W O R D By Stephan A. Parker Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
Led by principal investigator Yilmaz Sozer, the research team for TCRP Project D-17 began by conducting a literature survey of the existing technologies and standards for leakage current modeling and prediction in transit railway systems. Standards reviewed included the following: â¢ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standard 80; â¢ National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) or American National Standards Association (ANSI) Standard C2 published by IEEE; â¢ National Electrical Code (NEC) or NFPA 70, part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); â¢ NFPA 130, Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems; â¢ American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Chapter 12, Rail Transit; â¢ AREMA Chapter 11, Commuter and Intercity Rail Systems; â¢ AREMA Chapter 17, High Speed Rail Systems; and â¢ AREMA Chapter 33, Electrical Energy Utilization. The research team developed a model and a simulation of the electric transit system and tested the feasibility of the proposed nonintrusive injection method in determining the level of the leakage current. For the RF emission-based approach, Exacter, Inc.âs, alternating current (AC) emission measurement system was modified for direct current (DC) systems. The research team finalized the development of the active clamp injector units and deployed them on a transit railway segment for testing purposes. Similarly, Exacter RF emission units were modified based on the tests and deployed for testing on a transit car. This guidebook is available on the TRB website (www.trb.org) by searching for âTCRP Research Report 211â.
1 Chapter 1 Introduction 2 Chapter 2 Nonintrusive Injection-Based Techniques 4 2.1 Segmentation of the DC Electric Network 5 2.2 Frequency Range Allowed to Be Injected into the Line 5 2.3 Signal Level That Can Be Injected into the Line 6 2.4 Environmental Conditions for the Sensor 7 2.5 Power Consumption for the Sensors and Communication Channels for the Sensors 7 2.6 Decisionmaking 7 2.7 Wireless Communications 8 Chapter 3 RF Emission-Based Sensors 8 3.1 Data Structure and Interface for the Sensor Data 8 3.2 Data Event 9 3.3 Data Security 10 3.4 Sensor Location 10 3.5 Failure Signatures 11 3.6 Group Maintenance Reports 15 Acronyms, Abbreviations, Definitions, and Initialisms 16 Bibliography and Other Resources 18 Appendix Developing the Guidebook for Detecting and Mitigating Low-Level DC Leakage and Fault Currents in Transit Systems C O N T E N T S