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Propagation of the wave front on untransposed overhead and underground transmission lines Lee, Kai-Chung


The propagation of the switching surge wave front on multiphase power lines was investigated by modal analysis and conventional Fourier Transformation. A 500 kV untransposed, three-phase transmission line, for which field test results were available, was chosen as a test case. Phase A of this test line was excited from a double exponential voltage source and the voltage response at the receiving end was calculated and measured in all three phases. The calculated voltage arrival time matched closely the measured value, and was very close to the time taken by electromagnetic waves in air at a speed of 0.3 km/μs. The calculated voltage response curves also came close to the measured results (errors within 8%).

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