A Methodology to Reduce the Computational Effort in the Evaluation of the Lightning Performance of Distribution Networks

The estimation of the lightning performance of a power distribution network is of great importance to design its protection system against lightning. An accurate evaluation of the number of lightning events that can create dangerous overvoltages requires a huge computational effort, as it implies the adoption of a Monte Carlo procedure. Such a procedure consists of generating many different random lightning events and calculating the corresponding overvoltages. The paper proposes a methodology to deal with the problem in two computationally efficient ways: (i) finding out the minimum number of Monte Carlo runs that lead to reliable results; and (ii) setting up a procedure that bypasses the lightning field-to-line coupling problem for each Monte Carlo run. The proposed approach is shown to provide results consistent with existing approaches while exhibiting superior Central Processing Unit (CPU) time performances.

Published in:
Atmosphere, 7, 147
Basel, Mdpi Ag

 Record created 2016-11-20, last modified 2018-12-03

Rate this document:

Rate this document:
(Not yet reviewed)