Modelling earth grids using CAD
SafeGrid can import grids which were drawn in 2D or 3D using a CAD program which can export files in the DXF file format.
The advantages of importing grids from CAD include:
1. Earthing design drawings which have been created in CAD can be imported without re-drawing. This saves time and also ensures the model representation of the grid accurate.
2. Complicated and custom grids which may be difficult to create with the in-built grid editor can be analysed.
3. Buried conductor arrangements drawn in 3 dimensions (3D) – X, Y, Z co-ordinates system can be modelled.
- Measurement Units of CAD drawing must be set to Inches, Feet, Millimeters, Centimeters or Meters.
- Drawn only using straight Line entities.
- Corner of grid drawn at co-ordinates X = 0, Y = 0.
- Lines snap connected otherwise an undesired current discontinuity will occur.
- If drawn in 3D, Positive (+’ve) Z co-ordinate signifies depth. Any Line with a z co-ordinate (start or end point) of either 0 or < 0 will cause an error.
Drawing wind turbine earthing grid in 3D
- Reinforcement meshes which is contained within the concrete foundation of the wind turbine. The mesh is connected to the earth grid and thus included in the earthing model to reduce grid impedance as well as step and touch potentials.
- Metal plates buried at the ends of 12 metre long counterpoise conductors. These plates were represented as tightly meshed straight line connected segments and were buried at 2 + metres (Z = 2 m).
Importing 3D DXF File into SafeGrid
- Under Build Grid go to Load DXF File.
- Lines to include can be either All Lines or Lines in Layer. Specify the Layer Name(s) for the latter.
- Select Depth of Lines in DXF File. This ensures SafeGrid will read also read the Z co-ordinates for the Line start and end points.
Setting the Fault Location Segment no.
- Set Fault Location Segment No. equal to 200.
Setting surface voltage plot locations
- Go to Safety Criteria module.
- Under Plot Surface Voltages select Over area.
- Set Maximum spacing between points (m) equal to 0.2 m.
Top layer resistivity = 100 Ohm.m
Top layer depth = 5 metres
Bottom layer resistivity = 30 Ohm.m
Frequency = 50 Hz
Phase-to-earth fault current = 500 A
Copper (annealed) conductor 70 mm2.
Based on ultimate fault current of 12 kA for 1 second.