Mining Publication: Distinguishing Motor Starts from Short Circuits through Phase-Angle Measurements
Original creation date: January 2002
Authors: MR Yenchek, JC Cawley, AL Brautigam, JS Peterson
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health investigated how the starting of induction motors may cause nuisance tripping of short-circuit protection on coal mine power systems. This research had a dual purpose: 1) to identify how motor-start waveforms differ from those for short circuits and 2) to devise a method to provide short-circuit protection without intentional time delays to account for motor starts. This technology will help ensure that surface temperatures of energized electrical apparatus will not exceed gas or dust ignition thresholds when short circuits occur.