Long Distance Cable Temperature Monitoring System for the Olympic City 2008 Beijing

Cologne, Germany (PRWEB) August 3, 2006

With more than a hundred high voltage orders received in China up to now, Brugg Cables is a reliable supplier for customized cable system solutions. This was the main reason for the Capitals utility Beijing Electric Power Corporation to select Brugg Cables in 2005 as supplier for its 220 kV Lianhuachi Project. The realized connection is part of an overall undergrounding project related to the construction works for the Olympic Games in 2008. It consists of a 7 km long 1000 sqmm conductor cable circuit leading through an existing underground cable tunnel. Commissioning was in June 2006.


Besides the delivery and installation of XLPE power cables and accessories, Brugg Cables equipped the circuit with a long distance Distributed Temperature Monitoring System (DTS). This installation is the first power cable application of the newly developed 10 km range OFDR (Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry) based system supplied by LIOS Technology, the global leader in the development and supply of state of the art frequency domain based Raman DTS Systems.


The Temperature Monitoring System


DTS units from LIOS have been successfully proven in critical applications like fire detection in road and rail tunnels and special hazard buildings, power cable and transmission line monitoring, in oil & gas exploration for permanent downhole monitoring and for industrial induction furnace surveillance. These systems have been equipped in worldwide projects with more than 1000 permanent installations since 1997.


New Extended Range DTS


LIOS Technology chose this cable project in Beijing to introduce its next generation temperature sensing instrument OTS100P to the electrical power industry. This new product series delivers increased performance at an extended measurement range of up to 10 km at a single end multimode fibre offering up to 8 fibre optic channels.


Hotspot Sensitive Along The Entire Sensor Length


The applied OFDR principle ensures a temperature survey even over long distances at an attractive spatial resolution, which meets the requirements of the electrical asset operators.


The OFDR technology provides an almost invariant spatial resolution along the entire sensor length, which ensures to detect and accurately quantify hotspots (e.g. at cable joints, cable crossings or wall transitions) at early stages, even at most remote distances of currently up to 10 km. This is different from other measurement principles, e.g. laser pulse principle, which are sensitive to dispersion effects and therefore affected by a broadened spatial resolution at longer measurement distances. In other words: The hot spot sensitivity of pulse type measurements degrade with a function of distance.


In addition to the internal DTS hardware calibration and the temperature calibration, both generally carried out at the manufacturer’s premises, the adaptation to the fibre optic setup on site is generally required for DTS Systems. This adaptation, also called field calibration, targets the influences of reflections at connectors or at the fibre end as well as losses at splices. A simple online calibration of the fibre optic evaluation unit in the frequency domain is a unique and exclusive feature of OFDR Raman technology. This calibration algorithm can also be performed for a field calibration as it is easy to apply. There it determines the optical disturbances along the fibre and provides an automatic correction to eliminate any fibre influences in the temperature measurement.


De-Facto Standard For DTS Visualization


The OTS100P evaluation unit is mounted in a 19 cabinet in the substation building. A communication link to the local rack mounted PC as well as to the overall dispatch centre of Beijing Electric Power Corporation is ensured by the embedded Ethernet TCP/IP server. In addition, basic temperature alarms for individual zones are reported by switch contacts.


The visualization software CHARON_02 from LIOS Technology provides a database built storage of all measurement and configuration data based on the single-line diagram and other constructional features like wall transitions.


In this case each phase is separated into 12 zones, one for the feeder section and 11 for each cable section between two joints. With CHARON_02, for each phase temperature profiles along the cable route and temperature drifts at critical points can be processed and displayed efficiently.


A schematic view showing the cable routing with temperature maximum, average and status indications per zone are at the operators disposal at real time.


Analysis Of Temperature Survey


The screenshot of the temperature survey before initial operation reveals already the complexity of the cable route. The average temperature of the tunnel is about 20

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Ibrar Ayyub

Ibrar Ayyub is an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. He has written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. He has a clear and simple writing style and is skilled in using infographics and diagrams. He is a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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