(11)EP 1 976 119 B1


(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
09.11.2016 Bulletin 2016/45

(21)Application number: 08153124.6

(22)Date of filing:  20.03.2008
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H03H 17/00(2006.01)
H03H 17/04(2006.01)
H03H 17/02(2006.01)
G01R 15/16(2006.01)


Filtering method for capacitive voltage transformers

Filterungsverfahren für kapazitiver Spannungswandler

Procédé de filtrage pour transformateur de tension capacitif

(84)Designated Contracting States:

(30)Priority: 30.03.2007 US 694588

(43)Date of publication of application:
01.10.2008 Bulletin 2008/40

Schenectady, NY 12345 (US)

  • Kasztenny, Bogdan Z.
    Markham Ontario L3P 2Z4 (CA)
  • Premerlani, William James
    Scotia, NY 12302 (US)
  • Raducanu, Iulian
    North York Ontario M3A2A5 (CA)

(74)Representative: Cleary, Fidelma 
GPO Europe GE International Inc. The Ark 201 Talgarth Road Hammersmith
London W6 8BJ
London W6 8BJ (GB)

(56)References cited: : 
JP-A- 2005 300 500
US-B1- 6 420 875
US-A- 6 041 290
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    [0001] The present invention relates to the digital measurement of voltage signals for protective relaying purposes in situations where the voltage is derived from a capacitive voltage transformer (CVT), and particularly to improving the dynamic accuracy of protective functions that are dependant on voltage measurement.


    [0002] Protective relays are devices that are designed to identify and isolate failures in a power system. A failure often takes the form of an insulation breakdown (fault) and results in a change in a system voltage and/or current. Typically, within a power system, protective relays are configured to detect failures of a specific portion of the power system, theses specific portions of the power system being commonly referred to as zone. A protective relay guarding against short circuits should never respond to events other than failures within its particular zone. Further, the longer a fault persists in the power system, the greater the likelihood that the stability of the entire power system will be compromised. For this reason, a protective relay should be designed and configured to correctly identify faults that have occurred within its zone in a minimum possible time period.

    [0003] Conventionally, microprocessor-based protection devices for power systems operate by sampling input currents and/or voltages at regular time intervals, digitally extracting selected properties of those signals (e.g., magnitudes, angles, time derivatives, harmonics, etc.), and comparing the signal properties in reference to one another or in reference to a threshold. Instrument transformers are used to isolate a protective relay from the power system and to reduce a signal to a level wherein the signal can be processed by the electronic circuitry of the relay. In high voltage and extra high voltage power systems, CVTs are often used to reduce a voltage from a range of hundreds-of-thousands of volts (a primary voltage level) to tens-of-volts (a secondary voltage level) before supplying the voltage signals to a protective relay. Typically, CVTs are cheaper than magnetic voltage transformers but create problems for protective relays since they have a tendency to add specific transients to the voltage signals as they are transformed to the secondary level.

    [0004] CVT generated transients tend to have relatively significant magnitudes and long durations. This aspect is particularly important for protecting transmission lines where the Source Impedance Ratio (SIR-the ratio between the system equivalent impedance and the relay reach impedance) is large. The primary voltage during a line fault is very low under a large SIR. The voltage signal is crucial for proper operation of the distance relay but becomes significantly distorted by transient components that are not presents in the power systems but are generated by the CVT.

    [0005] Generally, the CVT transient will have a decaying DC component but may also have a decaying oscillatory component(s). When the well-known Fourier algorithm is applied to voltage measurement (which is typical in microprocessor-based relays) the magnitude may be significantly underestimated due to the CVT transient. This will impact the fault identification performance of the relay. Protective relays typically incorporate a mechanism that can deal with CVT transients to some extent. Known methods include the introduction of an adaptive delay or the dynamic reduction of the fault detection zone of the relay.

    [0006] Another method of dealing with the CVT transient is to insert a filter into the voltage signal path that is an inverted representation of the CVT transfer function. This removes the distortion generated by the CVT, thus resulting in a signal that is an accurate reproduction of the power system voltage. This method performs optimally only when the filter coefficients reflect the parameters of the particular CVT that is connected to the relay.

    [0007] JP 2005 300500 describes a three-stage ladder-type equivalent circuit set as an equivalent circuit of the electric double-layer capacitor and is expressed using the model expression:

    wherein an adaptive digital filter can be applied. In an analyzing section, a parameter term θ is estimated by using the adaptive digital filter, based on values of capacitor inflow current measured by a current sensor and capacitor terminal voltage measured by a voltage sensor at a discharge timing of the electric double layer capacitor, and then the characteristic of the electric double-layer capacitor is calculated, based on the estimated parameter term.

    [0008] US 6420875 describes a linear Finite Time Response (FIR) digital filter to pre-filter CVT supplied voltages prior to application of a Fourier algorithm and other functions of a microprocessor-based protective relay. The filter is designed as a cascade of two FIR filters, a first stage suppressing decaying d.c. components and the oscillatory decaying components of the frequency lower than the power system frequency and a second stage providing a dynamic memory by using certain number of historical samples of the voltage signal averaging the results, and using the average to effectively compose the output signal of the filter. The filter does not need to be tuned to a particular CVT and thus the CVT characteristic is not necessary to apply the filter.

    [0009] Presently, there is a need for a self-tuning mechanism that allows application of the CVT correcting filter without a prior knowledge of the parameters of the corrected CVT, and also allows constant adjustment of the properties of the filter in order to follow changes in the CVT.


    [0010] The present invention resides in a method of compensating a Capacitive Voltage Transformer (CVT) for transient errors and a computer program as defined in the appended claims.

    [0011] Additional features and advantages are realized through the techniques of the present invention. Other embodiments and aspects of the invention are described in detail herein and are considered a part of the claimed invention. For a better understanding of the invention with advantages and features, refer to the description and to the drawings.


    [0012] The subject matter that is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention are apparent from the following detailed description of embodiments provided by way of example only taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

    Figure 1 presents major components of a typical Capacitive Voltage Transformer.

    Figure 2 shows a detailed equivalent circuit diagram derived for a CVT of typical construction.

    Figure 3 shows a simplified equivalent logic diagram with components impacting most the transient response of a CVT.

    Figure 4 depicts the impact of CVT transients on the transient accuracy of the voltage measurement; line fault occurred at the peak of the voltage waveform.

    Figure 5 depicts the impact of CVT transients on the transient accuracy of the voltage measurement; line fault occurred at the zero crossing of the voltage waveform.

    Figure 6 presents the overall diagram of the voltage filter.

    Figure 7 presents the UR portion of the voltage filter.

    Figure 8 presents the numerical stability portion of the voltage filter.

    Figure 9 illustrates the effectiveness of voltage filtering; line fault occurred at the peak of the voltage waveform.

    Figure 10 illustrates the effectiveness of voltage filtering; line fault occurred at the zero crossing of the voltage waveform.

    Figure 1-1 presents data window selection for the self-tuning portion of the filter.

    Figure 12 presents the overall diagram of the self-tuning portion of the filter.

    [0013] The detailed description explains the preferred embodiments of the invention, together with advantages and features, by way of example with reference to the drawings.


    [0014] One or more exemplary embodiments of the invention are described below in detail. The disclosed embodiments are intended to be illustrative only since numerous modifications and variations therein will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art.

    [0015] Aspects of the present invention utilize common design and operation principles of a typical CVT to simplify the equivalent circuit diagram of the CVT to a three-parameter model. This means that the dynamic behavior of the CVT, including the significant transient components during fault conditions affecting response of protective relays, are characterized by three parameter model. Further, the three parameters are expressed as time constant.

    [0016] Within further aspects of the present invention a digital Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) filter is designed to process the raw output from the CVT with the purpose to recreate the best possible replica of the true voltage signal measured by the CVT. The IIR filter is designed based on the three parameters of the CVT model. The IIR filter is implemented in a way that provides for both rejection of the major transient errors introduced by the CVT, and low-pass filtering that is otherwise beneficial for protection functions that utilize the filtered voltage signal. Additionally, the IIR filter incorporates mechanisms that will ensure the numerical stability of the filter.

    [0017] Yet further aspects of the present invention cover a mechanism to self-tune the three parameters of the CVT during system faults, after the relay that incorporates the method is installed in the field. Every major change in the voltage signal generates transients associated with the CVT dynamic characteristic. As such these transients allow estimation of the CVT parameters. A self-adjusting technique is proposed to constantly modify the three parameters characterizing a given CVT to follow any changes in the CVT, and by doing so to adjust coefficients of the IIR filter in order to provide for optimum correction of the CVT output voltage.


    [0018] With reference to Figure 1, a typical CVT 100 is illustrated, wherein the CVT 100 comprises a capacitive voltage divider 105 built on a stack of capacitors represented here by C1 and C2, a series reactor tuned to the total capacitance of the capacitive divider at the system nominal frequency 110, and a step down transformer 115 for reducing the intermediate voltage further down further incorporating a magnetic shield 120. The CVT 100 further comprises a ferrorezonance suppression circuit 125, a choke, overvoltage protection gap and ground switch 130, a drain choke, protective gap and switch associated with the power line carrier equipment 135, and a reactor over voltage protective gap 140.

    [0019] Figure 2 shows a detailed electrical equivalent 200 of the CVT 100. The capacitive divider 205 is represented uy the C1 and C2 capacitance, the resistance (R) and inductance (L) represent the series reactor 210, the primary and secondary windings of the step down transformer 215 are represented by resistances and inductances (LT1, RT1, LT2 and LT2). Further, the magnetic core 220 of the transformer is represented by the magnetic inductance (Lm) and resistance modeling magnetizing losses (RFe), and CT2 represents natural capacitance 225 of the transformer winding.

    [0020] The ferrorezonance suppression circuit 230 is represented by a resistor (Rf) in series with a parallel connection of a capacitor (Cf and RC) and inductor (LF and RL). Additionally, R0 and L0 represent a burden 235 that potentially includes an internal burden resistor used when microprocessor based relays are supplied by the CVT creating a very small load compared with the nominal load assumed by the CVT designers. Parameters in the model of Figure 2 are calculated to a common voltage base, typically taking the intermediate voltage, vi, (transformer primary voltage) as a base, and rescaling the primary voltage (v1) 240 and secondary voltage (v2) 245 accordingly.


    [0021] Many parameters in the detail model of Figure 2 have very little impact on the dynamic response of the CVT 100. A number of assumptions can be made without diminishing the value of the equivalent diagram 300 as shown in Figure 3.

    [0022] In the equivalent diagram 300 the capacitance (C) 305 represents the sum of the C1 and C2 capacitor stacks, the inductance (L) 310 represents both the tuning reactor and the leakage inductance of the step down transformer. The resistance of the reactor and the transformer windings, the transformer capacitance and core magnetizing and losses; and the resistances of the capacitor in the ferroresonance circuit and the inductance can be neglected, leaving just Rf, Cf and Lf 315 to represent them. Further, the inductance in the burden can be neglected, at least for applications with modern relays, leaving just the equivalent burden resistance (R0) 320. In the equivalent diagram 300 model of Figure 3, the input is primary voltage scaled to the intermediate level (vi) 320 and the output is the secondary voltage scaled to the intermediate level (v2) 325. Simulation studies show that simplifications of Figure 3, as compared with the more detailed model of Figure 2, retain the major CVT performance characteristics from the point of view of protective relaying.

    [0023] The simplified CVT 100 circuit diagram 300 of Figure 3 incorporates six unknowns, meaning six parameters are needed for predicting the performance of any specific CVT and for correcting any errors that may occur in the performance of the CVT device. However, CVTs are engineered to follow several specific rules. This reduces the number of degrees of freedom in the model of Figure 3, and simplifies the equivalent diagram 300 model even further.

    [0024] First, the tuning reactor is adjusted to compensate for the phase shift introduced by the capacitive divider. This is accomplished by tuning the value of L to resonate with C at the system fundamental frequency (f1). Therefore, L and C are not independent but satisfy the following boundary equation:

    [0025] Where the system radian frequency is defined as:

    [0026] Similarly, the ferroresonance suppression circuit is tuned to engage the series resistor Rf only at frequencies different than the fundamental frequency. Therefore the parallel connection of Lf and Cf is an open circuit at the fundamental frequency, yielding the second boundary equation:

    [0027] A transfer function can be found for the circuit 300 of Figure 3. This transfer function simplifies further when using the boundary Equations 1 and 3:

    [0028] Where "s" is the Laplace operator, and the three parameters of the model are defined as follows:

    [0029] Equations 5 through 7 explain that the performance of the CVT 300 of Figure 3 is not controlled by each parameter individually, but it is certain products of differing parameters that control the performance of the CVT 300. As a result of the boundary conditions (Equation 1) and (Equation 3) and the relationships of Equations 5 through 7, a typical CVT can be represented by three parameters. Further, these three parameters can be tracked back to the construction of the CVT as per Equations 5 through 7. Within aspects of the present invention these parameters are automatically recovered from the observed secondary voltage in the process of self-tuning.


    [0030] Figure 4 illustrates a sample response of a CVT under fault conditions. A fault causing a sudden drop of the voltage occurred when the high voltage waveform was at the peak value. The dashed line represents a true value of the signal while the solid line represents the output of a CVT. Significant transient errors occur in the first 2-3 cycles of power frequency, to the extent than even the polarity of the CVT output signal is inverted as compared with the actual voltage signal.

    [0031] Figure 5 presents a similar case, but for the fault occurring when the voltage waveform crosses zero. In this case even higher errors occur. For example, about 0.2 cycles into the fault, the real voltage is about -5V or so while the CVT output voltage is almost -60V. Such tenfold differences lasting for 1 - 2 power cycles create serious problems to protective relays.

    [0032] It must be noted that the nature of the transient errors differs between Figures 4 and 5. This is because the dynamic of the circuit of Figures 2 or 3 is different depending on the moment of fault. However the transient function Equation 4 contains full information as to the nature of the transients given the conditions prior to the fault and voltage collapse. Therefore, this transfer function can be used to "invert" the transient process and correct for all possible errors patterns.

    [0033] This correction can be accomplished as either a multiplicative or additive correction. The former processes the output voltage of the CVT using a liner filter which output is the corrected primary voltage of interest. The latter processes the output voltage of the CVT using a different liner filter which output is added to the raw output of the CVT to obtain the corrected primary voltage of interest.

    [0034] With reference to Figure 6 the method of this disclosure produces the filtered (corrected for CVT transients) voltage vAf 620 based on the raw output of the CVT labeled here as vA 605. The index A refers to the first phase in a three-phase system (ABC). Identical processing is used in the two remaining phases B and C. The corrected voltage is obtained as a sum of the raw voltage and a dynamic correcting value:

    [0035] The correction is zero during steady state conditions, and assumes values counterbalancing the CVT errors during transient conditions. The correcting signal vA_CVT is calculated as an output of a filter having the transfer function as follows:

    [0036] The transfer function of Equation 9 is fed with the raw output of the CVT augmented with an extra signal introduced to ensure numerical stability of the implementation:

    [0037] The concern of numerical stability arises from the nature of the primary filter given by Equation 9, this filter is only asymptotically stable-having a pole of zero (0). In other words correcting a CVT using the filter of Equation 9 requires integration. Integrators, numerical or analog, have the tendency of becoming unstable due to finite accuracy of calculations or involved circuitry. A practical implementation must ensure no numerical stability problems can ever occur.

    [0038] Within aspects of the present invention, the extra signal subtracted from the input of the filter per Equation 10 is produced by a Proportional-Integral (PI) controller taking into account the fact that (under steady state conditions) the correcting signal should be zero. The PI control loop 610 of Figure 6 ensures that the output 615 of the CVT filter is forced to remain at zero on average regardless of numerical accuracy or other potential problems.

    [0039] A further issue that must be resolved is that fact that the correcting transfer function (Equation 9) has its numerator of the 4th order, and its denominator of the 3rd order. This is understandable given the primary design target of reproducing the input signal to a CVT from the output of a CVT, but would amplify high frequency components injected into the output CVT signal (e.g., via coupling, numerical noise, etc.). This result is not desired. Within aspects of the present invention the ideal correcting transfer function (Equation 9) is modified by adding a low-pass filter. The low pass filter in one particular implementation is a second order Butterworth filter:

    [0040] Where the cut-off frequency of the low-pass filter, fC, is set depending on the application for the corrected voltage, typically in the order of few hundred Hz. The radian cut off frequency in Equation 11 is:

    [0041] Another step is taken to avoid stability problems. Without any significant impact on the performance the zero pole of the transfer function (Equations 9 or 11) is moved from zero (0) toward a stable position, using an arbitrary design parameter α, yielding the following CVT filter transfer function for implementations of Figure 6:

    [0042] In the filter of Equation 12 the system nominal frequency (ωl) and the design parameters (α and ωC) are known, while the CVT characteristic defined by the three degrees of freedom of the model (TX, T1 and T2) are treated as unknowns. We use a self-tuning method to recover the three unknowns for any particular CVT in order to enable the matched filter from the family of possible filters having the general format of Equation 12.

    [0043] Initially, to allow implementation in a digital apparatus, the continuous-time domain solution (Equation 12) must be converted into numerical implementation. Those of ordinary skill in digital signal processing can easily perform this step. A particular implementation utilizes the following implementation equations:

    The output signal 615 from the IIR filter at the digital sample time k is calculated as:

    [0044] Coefficients of the filter are:

    Recursive part


    Non-recursive part


    [0045] Figure 7 illustrates the implementation of the IIR filter 608 per Equations 13 through 17. The z-1 operator denotes time delay by one sample period. The PI controller 610 completes the implementation. First, a dc component in the filter's 608 output voltage 615 is calculated. This signal 615 is the input to the PI controller:

    [0046] Where N1 is a number of samples in one power cycle.

    [0047] During steady state conditions this value shall be close to zero as no additive correction is required or produced by the CVT filter. Even under small errors the value of Equation (18) will be close to zero as all the signals are cyclic waveforms and will average out in a one-cycle sum.

    [0048] Assuming the stability control loop is run every NPI power cycles, the correcting signal, VA_PI is calculated as follows:

    [0049] Where j is an index for the sampling process of the controller (j is a pointer to time moments spaced NPI power system cycles apart). and:

    [0050] In one particular implementation the gains are selected as follows:

    [0051] Figure 8 illustrates the process of calculating the output 604 of the PI controller 610.

    [0052] Figures 9 and 10 present graphs detailing the impact of the CVT corrector for faults at maximum and zero crossing, respectively. The solid lines stand for raw CVT output voltages (905, 1005), the dashed lines are ideal voltages representing the faults (910, 1010), and the dotted lines are corrected CVT voltages (915, 1015). It can be seen that the dotted lines representing the corrected CVT outputs (915, 1015) match the solid lines representing the ideal signal (910, 1010) by the order of magnitude better compared with the raw CVT output (905, 1005). In particular, the polarity and zero crossings are much better represented allowing improved applications of the voltage signal for fast protection applications.

    [0053] As mentioned above, in order to accomplish the CVT correction one needs to use the correct values of the three parameters in the model (TX, T1 and T2), these parameters are self-adjusting as explained below.


    [0054] The general concept of self-adjusting parameters relies on system events to generate CVT transients. In a general system identification theory one needs both input and output of a given system in order to identify its transfer function, parameters or other equivalent system description. In the case of a CVT the input (primary) voltage cannot be measured for the CVT identification purposes. However, this voltage may be reasonably well approximated for several event types. These events are:

    Energizing of a transmission line with CVTs installed on the line-side of the circuit breaker. In this case the pre-event voltage is zero, and the post-event voltage can be approximated from the steady state output voltage of the CVT projected back in time to the line switching moment.

    [0055] De-energizing of a transmission line with CVTs installed on the line-side of the circuit breaker. In this case the pre-event voltage is the directly measured steady state CVT output voltage, and the post-event voltage is zero - at least in terms of the fundamental frequency component. On long lines with shunt reactors this category cannot be easily used for CVT identification due to large and long lasting transients in the high voltage caused by the discharge of line capacitances and shunt reactors.

    [0056] Close-in faults depressing the high voltage to low and stable values. This category of events can be used after carefui analysis of the post-event voltage to make sure the assumptions about the primary CVT voltage are true.

    [0057] In any case an ideal CVT output voltage can be found in a number of transients that happen after the device implementing our method is installed. A number of security conditions can be applied in order to make sure the selected case is secure enough to be used, that is, the assumptions as to the ideal output are true with reasonable certainty. Figure 11 presents a sample transient that can be used for self-adjusting of the algorithm. A two-power-cycle period between 0.5 cycle and 2.5 cycle is selected for tuning the filter. The first 0.5 cycle is rejected as having extra transients associated with the primary voltage. The window is closed at 2.5 cycles assuming a system fault may be cleared soon afterwards generating new transients related to clearing the fault. During the 2 cycles in-between the true CVT voltage is known with reasonable accuracy. This voltage can be well approximated with the use the Fourier transform with the window of 2 cycles. The well-known Fourier algorithm allows estimating the fundamental frequency component in the true CVT voltage, rejecting other high frequency components in this signal. This is sufficient, or even beneficial, when matching the response of our CVT filter as the latter works as a low-pass filter per Equation 12.

    [0058] After obtaining the Fourier estimate of the secondary CVT voltage, this estimate is used as representation of the true CVT signal, and a pure sine wave is generated based on the magnitude and angle information from the Fourier estimator. Next, a difference signal is calculated between the corrected CVT output and the ideal CVT output. If the three CVT parameters used to design the CVT corrector are perfect, the match is very good. If the parameters used do not reflect the dynamics of the specific CVT, there is a mismatch between the ideal and corrected CVT signals.

    [0059] Figure 12 presents a simplified block diagram of the self-adjusting algorithm 1200. First, the actual CVT 1210 responds to its primary (input) voltage vA1 1205 generating the output voltage vA 1215. The latter signal is digitized via an Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converter 1220. Next, a correcting algorithm 1230 (described above) is executed yielding the corrected output vAf 1235. This signal is now processed using a traditional 2-cycle Fourier transform 1240. Based on the estimated phasor an ideal voltage waveform is generated, vAideal 1245. Next, subtracting the corrected CVT voltage and the ideal CVT voltage 1250 produces the error signal. The error is a function of the CVT parameters used to design the CVT corrector (TX, T1 and T2) 1265. The error signal is an input to the optimization routine (1255, 1260) that adjusts the three parameters to minimize the error. The set of the three parameters minimizing the error for a given system event is the sought solution (subject to further checks and post-processing as described later).

    [0060] One solution to the optimization problem is described below. It is desired to estimate the three unknown parameters of the model:

    [0061] One approach is to simply search the three-dimensional parameter space for a best fit between the model and the observed waveforms during system events.

    [0062] Let us denote:

    tk duration of the k-th system event (such as 2 cycles)

    Yk(t) = vAideal(t) ideal CVT output for the k-th case estimated using the Fourier transform

    k(t,T)=vAf(t) estimated CVT output for the k-th case using the value of T for the CVT filter

    [0063] For each case and with a given set of parameters, we can simulate the combination of the CVT and the correction algorithm to arrive at an estimated waveform that purports to approximate the ideal.

    [0064] We would like to select values of the unknown parameters that minimize the integrated square of the difference between the ideal and actual waveforms. Formally, we wish to minimize the following square error:

    [0065] Equation 21 is implemented by first integrating the square of the difference between the ideal and the estimated waveforms, and then summing over all of the available cases. The result is representative of the square of the mismatch for a particular set of model parameters.

    [0066] There are a several of ways of using Equation 21 to locate the best fit. They both start out the same way, by doing a brute-force global search over a discrete three-dimensional grid that spans the range of possible parameter values, evaluating (Equation 21) for each set of parameters, and down selecting the set with the smallest value of squared error. The grid could be rather coarse, on the order of ten (10) values for each parameter, for a total of 1000 points to be evaluated. The result of the coarse search would be a point that is reasonably close to the optimum, and could be used as the starting point for a more accurate estimate, which could be done by either using a refined grid, or by using calculus.

    [0067] In the refined grid approach, a sub-grid is formed by subdividing the eight (8) cubes of the original grid that are adjacent to the point identified by the first search, and the search is then repeated on that grid. The refined grid approach can be applied repeatedly to zoom-in as much as desired.

    [0068] The other approach is to use calculus to utilize the properties of Equation 21 to compute an adjustment to the point identified by the coarse search.

    [0069] At the optimum fit To, the gradient of the squared error is zero:

    [0070] Substituting Equation 21 into Equation 22 we find a basis for a solution:

    [0071] We start by noting that after the coarse search we have quantities that are close to those that appear in Equation 23. We can use a Taylor's expansion to bridge the small gap. We will need estimates for both the waveforms and their gradients with respect to the model parameters, using what we have at a nearby grid point:

    k(t : T=) = estimated CVT input voltage for the k' th case with T=

    ∇ŷk(t : T=) = gradient of the CVT input voltage for the k'th case with T=

    l, m, n = indices of the near - optimal grid point

    [0072] We need to compute a correction to our near-optimal grid point to find the true optimum:

    [0073] This can be done by using a Taylor's expansion around the available grid point.

    [0074] Substituting Equation 26 into Equation 23 we find that:

    [0075] Where the H matrix is given by:

    [0076] The solution to Equation 27 is:

    [0077] Because of the form of the equation for the error squared, the H matrix is well behaved and invertible. Equation 29 produces a solution that is very close to the optimum, so that it is not necessary to iterate. All that remains to complete an implementation is to develop approximations for the three partial derivatives of each waveform estimate that appear in Equations 28 and 29. Keep in mind that the partial derivative itself is a waveform:

    [0078] The above solution to the self-adjusting problem is exemplary. Other similar variants would yield similarly satisfactory results. In any case the self-adjusting consists of the following steps:

    Select a set of waveforms for which a reasonably accurate true CVT signal can be found.

    [0079] Calculate the corrected CVT signal using the present set of filter parameters, T.

    [0080] Calculate the error between the ideal and corrected waveforms

    [0081] Iterate the process to minimize the error between the ideal and corrected waveforms.

    [0082] A coarse search is often sufficient. A method described above allows speeding up the process once the coarse search is done. The self-adjusting process can be implemented in a number of ways. In particular, a provision can be made to automatically collect and include in the optimization each new case of system events suitable for usage in the self-adjustment procedure. Also, a provision can be made to stop adding new cases after certain confidence level is reached as to the value of the unknown CVT parameters.

    [0083] Further, a provision can be made to actually use the filter for protection purposes only if the previous system events exhibited a very good match between the ideal and corrected values.

    [0084] Yet further, values of best-fit CVT parameters can be monitored between various system events. Significant changes can be used to inhibit the corrector for security purposes, and/or to set an alarm signifying the problem including possible gradual failure of the CVT itself.

    [0085] The above brief description sets forth rather broadly the more important features of the present invention in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contributions to the art may be better appreciated. There are, of course, additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and which will be for the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.

    [0086] The capabilities of the present invention can be implemented in software, firmware, hardware or some combination thereof.

    [0087] The flow diagrams depicted herein are just examples.

    [0088] As such, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception, upon which disclosure is based, may readily be utilized as a basis for designing other structures; methods, and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the present invention. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the scope of the present invention.


    1. A method of compensating a Capacitive Voltage Transformer (CVT) for transient errors, the method comprising:

    representing raw output voltage (605) of a CVT (100) by a series of digitally encoded samples;

    creating a digital filter (608), wherein a design for the digital filter is based upon an equivalent circuit diagram of the CVT (100);

    filtering the raw output voltage (605), wherein the raw output voltage (605) is filtered using the digital filter (608);

    determining model parameters of the equivalent circuit diagram (200) of the CVT (100), each model parameter being determined based on a relationship between at least two of a resistance, an inductance, and a capacitance of the equivalent circuit diagram of the CVT; the digital filter 608 being adjusted to at least one parameter of the CVT (100);

    determining digital filter coefficients, the digital filter coefficients being determined in response to monitored system disturbances, each digital filter coefficient being based on a relationship between at least one of the model parameters and a fundamental frequency of the CVT; and characterized by

    self-adjusting the digital filter coefficients by iterating:

    selecting an observed set of waveforms during system events for which a the best possible replica of a true voltage signal measured by the CVT is determined;

    determining a corrected CVT signal using a present set of digital filter coefficients; and

    determining an error between the selected observed set of waveforms and a corrected CVT signal waveform,

    wherein the iterating is continued until the transient error is minimized, or is stopped and resumed based upon user programmable conditions or commands.

    2. The method of claim 1, wherein at least three model parameters represent the CVT (100) in the equivalent circuit diagram (200) of the CVT (100), the three parameters being based on resistive, capacitive and inductance values in the CTV circuit.
    3. The method of claim 1 or claim 2, wherein at least one self-adjusted parameter of the CVT (100) is stored on a device implementing the method and is displayed to a device operator.
    4. The method of any one of the preceding claims, wherein at least three self-adjusted parameters of the CVT (100) can be entered manually to the device implementing the method as a part of transferring set-points from a failed device to a replacement device or for a CVT (100) of identical type identified by other devices implementing the method.
    5. The method of claim 3 or claim 4 wherein the digital filter is implemented in a way that provides for both rejection of the major transient errors introduced by the CVT and low-pass filtering for protection of functions that utilize a filtered voltage signal.
    6. The method of any one of the preceding claims, wherein departures from historical values (1255) in the determined model parameters of the CVT (100) are used to signal a possible gradual failure of the CVT (100).
    7. A computer program comprising computer program code means adapted to perform the method of any of claims 1 to 5 when executed by a computer.
    8. The computer program of claim 7, embodied on a computer-readable medium.


    1. Verfahren zum Kompensieren von transienten Fehlern eines kapazitiven Spannungswandlers (Capacitive Voltage Transformer, CVT), wobei das Verfahren Folgendes umfasst:

    Darstellen einer Roh-Ausgangsspannung (605) eines CVT (100) durch eine Reihe von digital codierten Abtastungen;

    Bilden eines digitalen Filters (608), wobei eine Gestaltung für den digitalen Filter auf einem äquivalenten Schaltplan des CVT (100) beruht;

    Filtern der Roh-Ausgangsspannung (605), wobei die Roh-Ausgangsspannung (605) unter Verwendung des digitalen Filters (608) gefiltert wird;

    Bestimmen von Modellparametern des äquivalenten Schaltplans (200) des CVT (100), wobei jeder Modellparameter auf Grundlage einer Beziehung zwischen mindestens zwei von einem Widerstand, einer Induktivität und einer Kapazität des äquivalenten Schaltplans des CVT bestimmt wird; wobei der digitale Filter 608 auf mindestens einen Parameter des CVT (100) eingestellt wird;

    Bestimmen von digitalen Filterkoeffizienten, wobei die digitalen Filterkoeffizienten in Reaktion auf überwachte Systemstörungen bestimmt werden, wobei jeder digitale Filterkoeffizient auf einer Beziehung zwischen mindestens einem der Modellparameter und einer Grundfrequenz des CVT beruht; und gekennzeichnet durch

    Selbsteinstellen der digitalen Filterkoeffizienten durch Iterieren von Folgendem:

    Auswählen eines beobachteten Satzes von Wellenformen während Systemereignissen, für welche eine bestmögliche Nachbildung eines von dem CVT gemessenen wahren Spannungssignals bestimmt wird;

    Bestimmen eines korrigierten CVT-Signals unter Verwendung eines vorliegenden Satzes von digitalen Filterkoeffizienten; und

    Bestimmen eines Fehlers zwischen dem ausgewählten beobachteten Satz von Wellenformen und einer korrigierten CVT-Signal-Wellenform,

    wobei das Iterieren fortgesetzt wird, bis der transiente Fehler minimiert ist, oder auf Grundlage von vom Benutzer programmierbaren Bedingungen oder Befehlen angehalten und wieder aufgenommen wird.

    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei mindestens drei Modellparameter den CVT (100) in dem äquivalenten Schaltplan (200) des CVT (100) darstellen, wobei die drei Parameter auf Widerstands-, Kapazitäts- und Induktivitätswerten in dem CTV-Schaltkreis beruhen.
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei mindestens ein selbsteingestellter Parameter des CVT (100) in einer Vorrichtung gespeichert wird, die das Verfahren ausführt, und für eine Bedienperson der Vorrichtung angezeigt wird.
    4. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei mindestens drei selbsteingestellte Parameter des CVT (100) per Hand in die das Verfahren ausführende Vorrichtung als Teil der Übertragung von Vorgabewerten aus einer ausgefallenen Vorrichtung zu einer Ersatzvorrichtung oder für einen CVT (100) von identischem Typ, der von anderen das Verfahren ausführenden Vorrichtungen identifiziert wird, eingegeben werden können.
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 3 oder 4, wobei der digitale Filter in einer Weise ausgeführt wird, dass sowohl eine Rückweisung der hauptsächlichen, durch den CVT eingebrachten transienten Fehler als auch eine Tiefpassfilterung zum Schutz der Funktionen, die ein gefiltertes Spannungssignal verwenden, vorgesehen wird.
    6. Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei Abweichungen von historischen Werten (1255) in den bestimmten Modellparametern des CVT (100) verwendet werden, um einen möglichen allmählichen Ausfall des CVT (100) zu signalisieren.
    7. Computerprogramm, welches ein Computerprogrammcode-Mittel umfasst, das ausgebildet ist, das Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5 bei Ausführung durch einen Computer durchzuführen.
    8. Computerprogramm nach Anspruch 7, das auf einem computerlesbaren Medium ausgeführt wird.


    1. Procédé de compensation d'un transformateur de tension capacitif (CVT) pour erreurs passagères, le procédé comprenant :

    la représentation d'une tension de sortie brute (605) d'un CVT (100) par une série d'échantillons à codage numérique ;

    la création d'un filtre numérique (608) dans lequel un modèle de filtre numérique est basé sur un schéma de circuit équivalent du CVT (100) ;

    le filtrage de la tension de sortie brute (605), dans lequel la tension de sortie brute (605) est filtrée en utilisant le filtre numérique (608) ;

    la détermination de paramètres modèles du schéma de circuit équivalent (200) du CVT (100), chaque paramètre modèle étant déterminé sur la base d'une relation entre au moins deux d'une résistance, d'une inductance et d'une capacité du schéma de circuit équivalent du CVT ; le filtre numérique (608) étant réglé sur au moins un paramètre du CVT (100) ;

    la détermination de coefficients de filtre numérique, les coefficients de filtre numérique étant déterminés en réponse à des perturbations du système surveillé, chaque coefficient de filtre numérique étant basé sur une relation entre au moins l'un des paramètres modèles et une fréquence fondamentale du CVT ; et caractérisé par :

    l'autoréglage des coefficients de filtre numérique par itération :

    de la sélection d'un ensemble observé de formes d'onde au cours d'événements du système pour lesquels une meilleure réplique possible d'un signal de tension vrai mesuré par le CVT est déterminée ;

    de la détermination d'un signal CVT corrigé en utilisant un présent ensemble de coefficient de filtre numérique ; et

    de la détermination d'une erreur entre l'ensemble observé choisi de formes d'onde et une forme d'onde de signal CVT corrigé,

    dans lequel l'itération est prolongée jusqu'à ce que l'erreur passagère soit minimisée ou est arrêtée et reprise sur la base de conditions ou d'instructions programmables par l'utilisateur.

    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel au moins trois paramètres modèles représentent le CVT (100) dans le schéma de circuit équivalent (200) du CVT (100), les trois paramètres étant basés sur des valeurs de résistance, de capacité et d'inductance dans le circuit CTV.
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, dans lequel au moins un paramètre autoréglé du CVT (100) est stocké sur un dispositif mettant en oeuvre le procédé et est affiché à un opérateur du dispositif.
    4. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel trois paramètres autoréglés du CVT (100) peuvent être saisis manuellement dans le dispositif mettant en oeuvre le procédé en tant que partie de transfert de points de consigne d'un dispositif défaillant à un dispositif de remplacement ou pour un CVT (100) de type identique identifié par d'autres dispositifs mettant en oeuvre le procédé.
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 3 ou la revendication 4, dans lequel le filtre numérique est mis en oeuvre d'une manière qui assure à la fois le rejet des erreurs passagères majeures introduites par le CVT et le filtrage passe-bas pour la protection de fonctions qui utilisent un signal de tension filtré.
    6. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel, dans les paramètres modèles déterminés du CVT (100), on part de valeurs historiques (1255) pour signaler une défaillance graduelle possible du CVT (100).
    7. Programme informatique comprenant des moyens de codage de programmation informatique adaptés pour effectuer le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5 lorsqu'il est exécuté par un ordinateur.
    8. Programme informatique selon la revendication 7 mis en oeuvre sur un support lisible par ordinateur.


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