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Modeling and Characterization of Low Voltage Access Network for Narrowband Powerline Communications

  • Masood, Bilal;Haider, Arsalan;Baig, Sobia
    • Journal of Electrical Engineering and Technology
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    • v.12 no.1
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    • pp.443-450
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    • 2017
  • Nowadays, Power Line Communication (PLC) is gaining high attention from industry and electric supply companies for the services like demand response, demand side management and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). The reliable services to consumers using PLC can be provided by utilizing an efficient PLC channel for which sophisticated channel modeling is very important. This paper presents characterization of a Low Voltage (LV) access network for Narrowband Power Line Communications (NB-PLC) using transmission line (TL) theory and a Simulink model. The TL theory analysis not only includes the constant parameters but frequency selectivity is also introduced in these parameters such as resistance, conductance and impedances. However, the proposed Simulink channel model offers an analysis and characterization of capacitive coupler, network impedance and channel transfer function for NB-PLC. Analysis of analytical and simulated results shows a close agreement of the channel transfer function. In the absence of a standardized NBPLC channel model, this research work can prove significant in improving the efficiency and accuracy of NB-PLC communication transceivers for Smart Grid communications.

Characterization and Field Measurements of NB-PLC for LV Network

  • Masood, Bilal;Ellahi, Manzoor;Khan, Waheed Aftab;Akram, Waqar;Usman, Muhamad;Gul, Muhammad Talha
    • Journal of Electrical Engineering and Technology
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    • v.13 no.1
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    • pp.521-531
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    • 2018
  • This paper presents a procedure for field measurements which provides a generalized Narrowband Power Line Communications (NB-PLC) channel model for low voltage (LV) access network in order to deploy advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) within Lahore, Pakistan. The measurements of allocated sites were performed in the residential (urban and rural), industrial and commercial electricity consumers for the NB-PLC channel modeling of overhead transmission lines (TLs). On the basis of extensive field measurement results, the average attenuation profile and transfer functions are presented. The results obtained from field measurements are validated by comparing them with a proposed Simulink model. A close agreement in the measured and simulated transfer function (TF) results is observed. The proposed Simulink model is an effort to model the NB-PLC channels in an effective way, especially in South Asian countries.

The Design and Characteristics of the Inductive Coupler Using the Nanocrystalline Materials (나노 결정립 재료를 이용한 비접촉식 커플러의 설계 및 특성)

  • Kim, Jong-Ryung;Kim, Hyun-Sik;Huh, Jeong-Sub;Lee, Hae-Yeon;Lee, Jun-Hui;Oh, Young-Woo;Byun, Woo-Bong
    • Journal of the Korean Magnetics Society
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    • v.16 no.6
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    • pp.300-304
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    • 2006
  • The varied heating temperatures were used for magnetic core materials, which nano sized ${\alpha}-Fe$ crystalline was created in nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu materials, with hish permeability and low power loss. The highest permeability and lowest power loss were obtained to the specimen heat-treated at $510^{\circ}C$. The signal transmission characteristics of inductive coupler, which was manufactured by using the magnetic core materials prepared in this study, at low frequency range, was influenced strongly by magnetic property of magnetic core materials as this result is corresponding to the permeability as a function of heat treatment temperature, as well, it was improved by impedance matching at high frequency range. Over $500{\mu}m$ of air gap in coupler is required to maintain the magnetic properties without magnetic saturation on the subterranean line transferred hish current of 300 A. The inductive coupler for PLC, which has an attenuation characteristics of less than 5dB, was manufactured using nano-crystalline magnetic core materials through the above mentioned research results.