The Single-Processor Concept for Protection and Control of Circuit Breakers in Low-Voltage Switchgear

M.E. Valdes, I. Purkayastha, T. Papallo
2004 IEEE transactions on industry applications  
Protection of low-voltage circuits has been a key area of research and continuous improvement since the invention of electricity. In the current state of the art, fuses and circuit breakers protect individual circuits. These devices, in turn, use many different kinds of trip mechanisms, operating in various modes that require sensing the current that travels through the circuits. Communication networks and external relays are sometimes used to enhance selectivity and provide better protection.
more » ... better protection. In this paper, the authors explore a protection-and-control architecture based on a single processor that provides all the protection and control functions for a lineup of low-voltage switchgear. We demonstrate how this method of protection changes the paradigm from individual circuit protection to system protection, while costeffectively and significantly increasing system reliability and protection.
doi:10.1109/tia.2004.831270 fatcat:th32rdpamvgqlkytjbs7qz227q