Mitigation Transformer Inrush Current Using Modified Transient Current Limiter

Authors

1 Department of Electrical Engineering, Zanjan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Zanjan, Iran

2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Abhar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Abhar, Iran

Abstract

This study presents a modified transient current limiter (MTCL) for mitigation the inrush current of transformers. The MTCL is based on conventional transient current limiter (TCL), which, its configuration is modified to overcome the TCL drawbacks of operation. The proposed MTCL offers lower power losses and voltage/current THD during normal operation mode. It needs only one limiting reactor instead of two limiting reactors, which results in cost saving. The theoretical analysis of the MTCL for suppressing the inrush current has been presented and the performance was tested by PSCAD/EMTDC simulation anda experimental prototype. Both simulation and experimental results showed that the MTCL is effective for suppressing the transformer inrush current. Also, the capability of the MTCL for suppressing the transformer inrush current was compared with the conventional TCL.

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