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Power quality analysis at Murdoch University

Abdullah, Abdullah (2018) Power quality analysis at Murdoch University. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Introduction of new electronic technologies that are more sensitive to disturbances in the power network has made it necessary to monitor the quality of power supplied. This project presents a study of the power quality at Murdoch University, and aims at identifying the causes of poor power quality and provide the solutions to these power quality problems. The main objective of this project is to analyse the power quality of the electricity system of Murdoch University in order to identify the causes of poor power quality and provide solutions to improve the power quality. Furthermore, for all the specific goals that had been set before the commencement of this project have all been accomplished. The most common power quality issues in most electrical networks globally include voltage sags, voltage swells, voltage transients, and frequency harmonics. Other power quality issues that can be experienced include voltage flicker, voltage unbalance, inter-harmonics, brownouts, direct current, short-term and long-term power interruption. A discussion of all these issues has been conducted in this report with their impacts on equipment in the network identified to be wear and tear, overheating, tripping of circuit breakers, and improper functioning of equipment. The compensating devices that can be used for improving power quality such as Active and Passive filters, Distribution Static Compensator, Dynamic Voltage Restorer, and Unified Power Quality Conditioner have also been analysed in this report. The direct and indirect costs of power quality have been reviewed in this project with the finding that 50 % of the global turnover of the electricity sector equating to 500 billion Euros is lost annually due to poor power quality. IEEE 519, AS/NZS 61000.3.2.2003, ANSI C84.1, IEEE 1459, EN 50160, and IEC 61000 are some of the power quality standards that have been discussed in Power Quality Analysis at Murdoch University this project. Based on the data collected from Murdoch University, particularly from 1.330, in substation 12, South Street Building 330, chancellery. Subsequently, the power quality problems experienced at the institution include voltage unbalance of 0.295 or 0.3486 % based on NEMA and IEC formula respectively, a 42.26 % current unbalance, distortions in current angle, power factor, and harmonic distortion in the range of 1.8 to 2.8 %.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Arefi, Ali
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