A Novel Optical Fiber Measurement System of Arc Motion in Molded Case Circuit Breakers

Zhipeng LI  Degui CHEN  Hongwu LIU  Xingwen LI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C   No.8   pp.1329-1335
Publication Date: 2004/08/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on IS-EMD2003--Recent Technical Trend of Electro-Mechanical Devices)
Category: Contactor and Relay
arc motion,  optoelectronic measurement,  low voltage switchgear,  

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To measure the arc motion in interruption process of low voltage molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) more precisely, a set of novel 2-D optical fiber system is developed. To improve the spatial resolution of optical fibers, lens with inhomogeneous dielectric is fixed on the top of each fiber. Furthermore, the full hardware control logic facilitates the real-time, synchronous and high-speed processing and breaks through the restricted bus operation frequency range and data stream capacity of microprocessor. The Publisher-Subscribe behavioral design pattern is applied to the software and the loosely coupled relationship between glyph and experimental data is once established, the graphic configuration can be implemented for simulation analysis, and the flexibility and applicability of the whole system are obviously improved. It demonstrates that the system provides a better research technique especially for new generation MCCB with gas driven arc.