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Accurate evaluation of the response of overhead distribution lines to lightning electromagnetic pulse (LEMP) represents an important aspects in insulation coordination of distribution network. The improvements of the accuracy of such an analysis call for the extension of the field-to-transmission line coupling models from single straight lines to multi-conductor/branched and complex systems. This paper deals with the description of a new interface between the LIOV (Lightning Induced OverVoltage) code and the EMTP-RV software. In particular, the paper illustrates the treatment of the boundary conditions – on which the link with the Augmented Nodal Analysis Technique adopted by the EMTP-RV is based – together with the main aspects related to the numerical integration of the Agrawal and al. LEMP-to-transmission line coupling model adopted in the LIOV code.
The proposed interface aims at improving the simulation capabilities of the previous version of the LIOV-EMTP, namely this new version completely removes the disadvantage of the time-delay associated to the use of a short Bergeron’s line needed to link the LIOV code with the EMTP. Additionally, this new version of the LIOV-EMTP code takes advantages of the Augmented Nodal Analysis Technique implementation in EMTP-RV. Comparison with experimental results is also presented in order to verify the accuracy of the proposed interface.

Authors: A. Borghetti, F. Napolitano, C.A. Nucci, M. Paolone, J. Masheredjian, F. Rachidi

29th Conference on Lightning Protection 23rd – 26th June 2008 Uppsala, Sweden