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IEEE PES Chapter Meeting - Applying Negative Sequence to Mutually Coupled Transmission Lines

on October 10, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Speaker Girolamo Rosselli
Topic Info

When determining relay settings, Protection Engineers use Isc data from short-circuit computer programs to obtain the current flowing through the system for various faults. The program can be directed to show the contribution of current by any element in the system and for any fault in the system. Mutually coupling data must be entered into the program for those lines installed close to each other to get the result of any coupling voltages and currents during fault conditions.

This presentation will explain the miss-operation of a mutually coupled 69 kV line to a 230kV line that occurred on December 23rd, 2013 in the San Diego Gas & Electric 230/ 69 kV system.

The actual misoperation was due to a wrong directional decision made by a microprocessor relay for a duration of 4ms before dropping out. By this time a trip and a transfer trip was given to the line, isolating it from the 69 kV systems.

This line was protected with Phase Distance and Ground Directional over-current primary relay and Phase and Ground Directional over-current back up relaying, on one terminal and with Phase and Ground Distance protection for the Primary relaying and Directional Phase and Ground over-current backup protection over Audio Tone communication channel. Settings for this line were done using our traditional 80-85 percent PUTT line reach with the traditional higher setting for the Instantaneous ground elements due to Mutual coupling.

The purpose of this presentation is to share with other Protection Engineers the knowledge and experience gained by the study of a utility relay misoperation and the solution used to fix this problem by introducing Negative Sequence Elements logic to increase security and sensitivity in the relay setting and also explains how to avoid future relay misoperations.

Speaker Bio

Girolamo Rosselli received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1978. Upon graduation, he was hired by Commonwealth Edison Company, where he worked on the planning side of the 12 kV overhead and underground distribution systems, as well as electrical planning for high-rise buildings in central Chicago. He joined San Diego Gas & Electric as a Substation Engineer in 1981. In 1985, he joined the System Protection group, where he stayed until his retirement in August 2017. One of his major accomplishments is the coordination of the transmission and sub-transmission systems of the Island of Guam. He has written an article on 500 kV Series Capacitors for T&D Magazine 1987. He is a former member of the WPRC Program Committee and has presented several papers at the WPRC Relay Conferences and the Georgia Tech Relay Conferences. He is the recipient of the “Walter Elmore Best Paper Award” in 2005 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member and former Chairman of IEEE/PES Society San Diego Chapter, and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He is the recipient of 3 US patents in 2016 and 2017, US 9444245B2, US 9529028B2, US 9612268B2. He started a consultant business Rosselli Utilities Services (RUS ENGINEERING INC) in 2015.

Location 8326 Century Park Court, San Diego, CA 92123 (in Building 6)
Directions Google Maps Link

Please refer to the file attached below for detailed directions & sitemap.  Upon arrival, Security at a vehicle check-point will let you into the facilities, and then Security within Building 6 will provide you with a visitor pass.

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Food and Networking

 6:30 - 8 pm: Presentation and Q/A
Cost Free for IEEE members & SDG&E employees; $5 for non-members
RSVP Advanced registration is necessary for your name to be placed on a security list.

POC: Fred Raddatz,, 619-880-9761
          Hassan Ghoudjehbaklou,

  File Date Uploaded
Detailed Directions 09/28/18 12:13 PM
PRESENTATION_GT-2015-yh.pdf 10/11/18 03:08 PM
PAPER_GT-APPLYING NEGATIVE SEQUENCE to Mutually Coupled lines-Final.pdf 10/11/18 03:08 PM

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