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Analytical and Experimental Validation for DC Arc Flash Models

Weimann, Corey (2020) Analytical and Experimental Validation for DC Arc Flash Models. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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With the utilization of DC systems increasing, and constant emphasis for worker safety is a top priority for all companies, arc flash feasibility for DC systems is a growing concern. Current literature providing background information regarding AC and DC arc flash, including its importance are presented. In addition, this article details the feasibility of DC arc flash events with experimental scouting tests for a 130 VDC system. Sensitivity studies are experimentally performed on the impact of bus gap distance and bolted fault current level on incident energy. Test results are analyzed and conclusions drawn on the results in particular incident energies. Details of the tests performed including the setup, procedure, and system parameters are also provided. Additionally, theoretical methods of determining incident energy for the testing conditions are explored. Specifically, these are Doan’s and NFPA 70E’s maximum power models, and Stokes and Oppenlander’s and Paukert’s arc resistance models. A comparative analysis of the test results to industry standard, NFPA 70E, and software analysis methods using ETAP, an industry leading software used for arc flash studies, is performed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Weimann, CoreyCSW31@pitt.eduCSW310000-0002-5769-9575
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairGrainger,
Committee CoChairKerestes,
Committee MemberBarati,
Committee MemberBayoumy,
Committee MemberKwasinski,
Date: 27 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 July 2020
Approval Date: 27 September 2020
Submission Date: 2 July 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 105
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: PPE, Electrical Safety
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2020 22:39
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 22:39


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