This paper proposes a global terminal‐sliding mode controller (GT‐SMC) to compensate powerline bushfires due to electric faults in power distribution networks using arc suppression devices (ASDs). A GT‐sliding surface along with a new quick reaching law is used to design the controller. The major control objective is to compensate the fault current caused by single line‐to‐ground (SLG) faults to a value that cannot ignite fires in bushfire prone areas. A T‐type residual current compensator inverter within an ASD is controlled to achieve the goal. An integral‐sliding mode controller (I‐SMC) is also designed using a conventional reaching law for comparing the performance. Simulations studies and processor‐in‐loop implementations are carried out to investigate the ability of the GT‐SMC over an I‐SMC over a range of fault impedance scenarios. Dynamic properties of the voltage and current due to SLG faults along with the current injection by the ASD are analyzed against the standard criteria, to be followed to get rid of powerline bushfires. Results under different operating scenarios indicate that both controllers are capable to maintain standard criteria for preventing powerline bushfires though the GT‐SMC is proven to exhibit superior transient responses to that of the I‐SMC and integral backstepping controller.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution|
|Early online date||11 May 2023|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 11 May 2023|