- The design for a Neutral Blocking/Bypass Device which can be installed in power transformer neutral ground connections to block the flow of GIC, is described The device consists of standard distribution capacitors which provide the GIC blocking function The capacitors are rapidly bypassed by a combination of a sparkgap and circuit breaker to solidly ground the neutral during power system disturbances. The sparkgap provides the fast operating response speed while the circuit breaker provides a secure metallic bypass of the capacitor. Simulations indicate that the bypass device operation will occur rapidly (on the order of 1 msec or less) and will both prevent ferroresonant overvoltages and preserve proper relay and protective device operation.
- Blocking Capacitors
- Bypass Switch
- Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC)
- Neutral Blockinq/Bypass Device
- Neutral Grounding