Utilization of advanced metering infrastructure in back-fed ground fault detection

Geir Magne Abusdal, Gerald Thomas Heydt, Atle Ripegutu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


Early and reliable detection of a back-fed ground fault is of critical importance in the operation of a power distribution system. The operating distribution companies have been searching for a fully acceptable solution for decades. A current carrying conductor on the Earth ground that is not tripped by conventional protection systems presents a safety hazard for the general public. In this paper a method of using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is evaluated. Utilizing the distribution transformer secondary voltages, the simulation software OpenDSS is used to find a signature the distribution system behavior during a fault. A variation of three-phase distribution transformer connections and grounding methods are modeled to determine a set of rules for an algorithm. Integrating AMI with a distribution management system (DMS), a proposed detection system is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781467380409
StatePublished - Sep 30 2015
EventIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2015 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2015Jul 30 2015


OtherIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • advanced metering infrastructure
  • downed conductor
  • OpenDSS
  • power distribution engineering
  • secondary distribution networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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