Introducing Mutual Heating Effects in the Ladder-Type Soil Model for the Dynamic Thermal Rating of Underground Cables

Marc Diaz-Aguilo, Francisco De Leon

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Abstract

The proper modeling of the transient thermal behavior of mutual heating effects between underground power cables is very important for the rating of transmission and distribution cables. The IEC standards proposed an accurate model based on exponential integrals that it can be difficult to implement in basic electrical software. The model is not consistent with the layered modeling of the cable thermal resistances. In this paper, a simple and easy-to-use alternative model is presented. It consists of injecting the correct current at the right position of the RC circuit representing the soil. The new model can accurately reproduce the full physics of the transient phenomenon and is consistent with the modeling of the cable used in the IEC standards themselves. The new model is tested and validated against numerous finite-element simulations for realistic cable installations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7008559
Pages (from-to)1958-1964
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

Keywords

  • Mutual heating
  • power system measurement
  • power systems
  • real-time thermal rating
  • thermal modeling
  • underground cables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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