Electrical Substations: How Engineers Layout Its Design?

Electrical Substation, a part of an electrical transmission, distribution and generation system’s main concern is encountering is its cost and reliability. An apt design attempts to strike a balance between the two sub stations, to attain reliability without a high cost. The design must also allow growth of the station, whenever obligatory.

Selection of the location of Electrical Substations must consider a lot of factors. Adequate land area is obligatory for installation of equipment with obligatory clearances for electrical protection, and for access to preserve large electrical machines like transformers. Where the land is expensive, like in urban areas; gas insulated switchgear may perhaps save money. The location or the spot must have room for expansion because of the load growth or premeditated transmission additions. Ecological effects of the substation should be considered, like, road traffic, noise and drainage effects. Earthing or grounding system ought to be designed. The total ground probable rise, and the gradients in probable throughout the fault (known as “touch” and “step” potentials), have got to be calculated to defend passers-by throughout the short-circuit in the transmission system. The substation locations have got to be rationally central to the distribution area to be provided. The location should be secure from intrusion by passers-by, together with protecting people from harm by arcs or electric shock, and to defend the electrical system from disoperation because of vandalism.

The primary step in planning a substation layout is the planning out of one line diagram that shows in simplified form the switching and protection requisite display and the incoming supply lines and transmission lines or outgoing feeders. It is a general practice by several electrical utilities to chart out one-line diagrams with principal elements, such as, switches, lines, transformers, circuit breakers set on the page similarly to the way the apparatus would be laid in the definite station.

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