Implement programmable phase-to-phase and phase-to-ground fault breaker system
Simscape / Electrical / Specialized Power Systems / Fundamental Blocks / Elements
The Three-Phase Fault block implements a three-phase circuit breaker where the opening and closing times can be controlled either from an external Simulink® signal (external control mode), or from an internal control timer (internal control mode).
The Three-Phase Fault block uses three Breaker blocks that can be individually switched on and off to program phase-to-phase faults, phase-to-ground faults, or a combination of phase-to-phase and ground faults. The arc extinction process of the Three-Phase Fault block is the same as for the Breaker block. See the Breaker block for details on the modeling of the single-phase breakers.
The ground resistance Rg is automatically set to 106 ohms when the ground fault option is not programmed. For example, to program a fault between the phases A and B you need to select the Phase A and Phase B block parameters only. To program a fault between the phase A and the ground, you need to select the Phase A and Ground parameters and specify a small value for the ground resistance.
If the Three-Phase Fault block is set in external control mode, a control
input appears in the block icon. The control signal connected to the fourth Simulink input must be either
0, which opens the breakers, or any
positive value, which closes the breakers. For clarity, a
1 signal is
commonly used to close the breakers. If the Three-Phase Fault block is set in
internal control mode, the switching times and status are specified in the dialog box of the
Series Rs-Cs snubber circuits are included in the model. They can be optionally connected to the fault breakers. If the Three-Phase Fault block is in series with an inductive circuit, an open circuit or a current source, you must use the snubbers.
The initial status of the fault breaker is usually the default value,
0 (open). However, you can start the simulation in steady state with the
fault initially applied on the system.
If selected, the fault switching of phase A is activated. If not selected, the breaker of phase A stays in the status specified in the Initial status parameter. Default is selected.
If selected, the fault switching of phase B is activated. If not selected, the breaker of phase B stays in the status specified in the Initial status parameter. Default is selected.
If selected, the fault switching of phase C is activated. If not selected, the breaker of phase C stays in the status specified in the Initial status parameter. Default is selected.
If selected, the fault switching to the ground is activated. A fault to the ground can
be programed for the activated phases. For example, if the Phase C and
Ground parameters are selected, a fault to the ground is applied to the
phase C. The ground resistance is set internally to
1e6 ohms when the
Ground parameter is not selected. Default is selected.
Specify the vector of switching times when using the Three-Phase Breaker block in
internal control mode. At each transition time the selected fault breakers opens or closes
depending to the initial status. This parameter is not available if the
External parameter is selected. Default is
If selected, adds a fourth input port to the Three-Phase Fault block for an external
control of the switching times of the fault breakers. The switching times are defined by a
Simulink signal (
1) connected to the fourth
input port of the block. Default is cleared.
The internal resistance, in ohms (Ω), of the phase fault breakers. This parameter cannot
be set to
0. Default is
This parameter is available only if the Ground parameter is
selected. The ground resistance, in ohms (Ω). This parameter cannot be set to
0. Default is
The snubber resistances, in ohms (Ω). Set this parameter to
eliminate the snubbers from the model. Default is
The snubber capacitances, in farads (F). Set this parameter to
eliminate the snubbers, or to
inf to get resistive snubbers. Default is
Fault voltages to measure the voltage across the three
internal fault breaker terminals.
Fault currents to measure the current flowing through
the three internal breakers. If the snubber devices are connected, the measured currents are
the ones flowing through the breakers contacts only.
Fault voltages and currents to measure the breaker
voltages and the breaker currents.
Place a Multimeter block in your model to display the selected measurements during the simulation. In the Available Measurements list box of the Multimeter block, the measurements are identified by a label followed by the block name and the phase:
The three fault breakers are connected in wye between terminals A, B, and C and the internal ground resistor. If the Three-Phase Fault block is set to external control mode, a Simulink input is added to the block to control the opening and closing of the three internal breakers.
power_3phseriescomp example for a circuit using the Three-Phase