A new approach to improving the sensitivity of earthing relay and reducing the over-voltage in 6 kV grid of open-pit mines

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Ho Viet Bun,, HaNoi University of Mining and Geology, HaNoi, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Le Xuan Thanh,, HaNoi University of Mining and Geology, HaNoi, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Naukovyi Visnyk Natsionalnoho Hirnychoho Universytetu. 2022, (2): 054 - 060


Earthing relays are utilized very commonly in open-pit mines for disconnecting the failure part of 6 kV electric system from earthing incident. Much previous research is mentioned on searching either an optimal method for improving the effect of relays or improvements of reducing the overvoltage caused by grounding separately. The paper presents a new approach to not only improving the relays sensitivity but also to limiting the over-voltage. A new algorithm is also proposed to control automatic connection of an additional resistor in order to achieve both above mentioned purposes of 6 kV earthing relay.

The propose controlling diagram is implemented on PROTEUS to get 3U0 signals. The main components appeared when 6 kV feeders were faulted to earth. Afterward, the detecting signal is utilized as input for simulation diagram in MATLAB to get and analyze the wave forms of responded zero sequence voltage.

The paper presents a new algorithm utilizing a resistor that is auto-controlled to auto-connect the open-triangle coil of 6 kV measurement transformer at the moment of earth fault. This automatic connection aims to increase the relay sensitivity as well as reduce the overvoltage. The finding results are sensitivity factors of relay and voltage magnitudes of healthy phases, which will be compared with corresponding values when there is no connection of resistor to prove the effectiveness of the method.

A useful method is proposed for increasing the earthing current to enhance the sensitivity of earthing relay.

Practical value.
The proposed control diagram could be used to design a device aiming to improve the safety of 6 kV grid in open pit mines when earth faults occur.

6 kV grid, open pit mine, sensitivity, over-voltage


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