Improved Fault Location on Distribution Feeders Based on Matching During-Fault Voltage Sags Academic Article uri icon


  • A fault location algorithm for distribution feeders based on matching during-fault voltage sags is presented. The basic principle of the algorithm is based on the fact that when a fault occurs on the feeder, voltage sags propagate presenting different characteristics for each feeder node. Knowing the voltage sag characteristics, it is possible to locate the faulty node or the faulty area of the feeder. This voltage-based approach ensures the efficiency and robustness of the algorithm, which provides suitable and accurate results. An overhead, three-phase, three-wire, 13.8 kV, 134-node, real-life feeder model is used to evaluate the algorithm. Test results show that the algorithm is quite suitable due to not only the faulted point being located, but also a faulted area being identified providing important information to direct the maintenance crew seeking to repair any fault inflicted damage. 2009 IEEE.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Fernandes Pereira, R. A., Wesz da Silva, L. G., Kezunovic, M., & Sanches Mantovani, J. R.

citation count

  • 122

complete list of authors

  • Fernandes Pereira, Rodrigo Aparecido||Wesz da Silva, Luis Gustavo||Kezunovic, Mladen||Sanches Mantovani, Jose Roberto

publication date

  • April 2009