The Influence of Vacuum Circuit Breakers and Different Motor Models on Switching Overvoltages in Motor Circuits

Cat S.M. Wong, L. A. Snider, Wai Chau Edward Lo, T. S. Chung

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Switching of induction motors with vacuum circuit breakers continues to be a concern. In this paper the influence on statistical overvoltages of the stochastic characteristics of vacuum circuit breakers, high frequency models of motors and transformers, and network characteristics, including cable lengths and network topology are evaluated and a general view of the overvoltages phenomena is presented. Finally, a real case study on the statistical voltage levels and risk-of-failure resulting from switching of a vacuum circuit breaker in an industrial installation in Hong Kong is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-815
Number of pages6
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Power and Energy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • EMTP
  • risk-of-failure
  • switching transients
  • vacuum circuit beakers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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