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Reduction of switching overvoltages by means of controlled switching

Güneri, Melih
This thesis analyses the controlled switching methods applied to modern SF6 type circuit breakers for the purpose of reducing switching overvoltages. Main emphasis is placed on controlled switching methods applied at extra high voltage level, since the cost of failures caused by switching overvoltages is highest in this voltage level. After a brief introduction about circuit breakers in general, switching overvoltages and controlled switching methods are analysed. Also a case study about controlled switching of an unloaded overhead line is provided, and success of controlled switching method is evaluated.