Power quality investigation of cluster of phase controlled rectifiers of airport grounding lighting system

Zhongming Ye, Wai Chau Edward Lo, M. H. Pong, Ping Tang

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Abstract

Single phase thyristor rectifiers are widely used in modern airport as dc power supply for such loads as air-conditioners, communication, computers and airport grounding lighting system(AGL). The disadvantages of this kind of rectifiers are the waveform distortion and the unbalance of loading, both of which have become a concern at many airports. In this paper, the harmonics produced by clusters of phase controlled rectifiers of airport grounding lighting system are studied based on experimental measurement. It is shown these rectifiers are the dominant harmonics source of the airport electrical power system. Harmonic pollution is found to be closely related to the load level of airport grounding lighting system. Voltage waveform distortion at point of common coupling (PCC) is primarily a result of harmonic current generated by the power electronics controlled loads. It is also found total voltage harmonics distortion does not necessarily increase with the increase of current distortion at PCC. The harmonics and unbalance for combined loads are also investigated in this paper. Severe unbalance is observed which is disadvantageous for the power transformer and the auxiliary generator.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)
PublisherIEEE
Pages247-252
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 25th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON'99) - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 29 Nov 19993 Dec 1999

Conference

ConferenceThe 25th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON'99)
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period29/11/993/12/99

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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