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Enhanced method for pulse skin effect calculation of cylindrical conductors

Nebojsa B. Raicevic (Department of Theoretical Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia)
Slavoljub R. Aleksic (Department of Theoretical Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia)
Ilona Iatcheva (Department of Theoretical Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Marinko Barukcic (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia)

COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering

ISSN: 0332-1649

Article publication date: 31 January 2020

Issue publication date: 18 June 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present a new approach to the numerical solution of skin effect integral equations in cylindrical conductors. An approximate, but very simple and accurate method for calculating the current density distribution, skin-effect resistance and inductance, in pulse regime of cylindrical conductor, having a circular or rectangular cross-section, is considered. The differential evolution method is applied for minimization of error functional. Because of its application in the practice, the lightning impulse is observed. Direct and inverse fast Fourier transform is applied.

Design/methodology/approach

This method contributes to increasing of correctness and much faster convergence. As the electromagnetic field components depend on the current density derivation, the proposed method gives a very accurate solution not only for current density distribution and resistance but also for field components and for internal inductance coefficients. Distribution of current and electromagnetic field in bus-bars can be successfully determined if the proximity effect is included together with the skin effect in calculations.

Findings

The study shows the strong influence of direct lightning strikes on the distribution of electrical current in cables used in lightning protection systems. The current impulse causes an increase in the current density at all points of the cross-section of the conductor, and in particular the skin effect on the external periphery. Based on the data calculated by using the proposed method, it is possible to calculate the minimum dimensions of the conductors to prevent system failures.

Research limitations/implications

There are a number of approximations of lightning strike impulse in the literature. This is a limiting factor that affects the reliability and agreement between measured data with calculated values.

Originality/value

In contrast with other methods, the current density function is approximated by finite functional series, which automatically satisfy wave equation and existing boundary conditions. It is necessary to minimize the functional. This approach leads to a very accurate solution, even in the case when only two terms in current approximation are adopted.

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Acknowledgements

This paper is partly supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia – project TR 33008.

Citation

Raicevic, N.B., Aleksic, S.R., Iatcheva, I. and Barukcic, M. (2020), "Enhanced method for pulse skin effect calculation of cylindrical conductors", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 623-635. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2019-0382

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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