Should You Perform Relay Coordination Studies and Why?
Relay protection devices are designed to isolate fault locations in an electrical power system. These tools allow engineers to identify and monitor issues within the system, such as current changes, voltage dips, and inconsistencies with the frequency and temperature. Substation design service providers can help conduct protective device coordination to ensure the safety and reliability of your electrical systems.
The importance of relay coordination studies
Relay coordination involves surveying a facility’s electrical systems. This study analyses the impact of equipment failure, short circuits, and similar issues.
A protective device coordination study must be conducted after the initial electrical system has been designed. Moreover, it must be performed again whenever major changes and updates are made in the system.
It’s essential to conduct relay coordination studies to achieve the following:
- Minimise equipment damage
Various electrical issues, such as loose connections, power line disturbances, and overloading, can cause equipment failure. Relay coordination helps improve the reliability of your systems, limiting damage to your equipment and minimising repair and replacement costs.
- Reduce the risk of human injury.
Electrical hazards, such as shocks, burns, and explosions, are undoubtedly a threat to human safety. It’s important to keep your protective devices in check for better overall safety and protection against workplace injuries.
- Guarantee continuity
System shutdowns and downtime can cost your organisation thousands. To prevent such situations from occurring, relay coordination studies must be conducted when necessary.
Effective relay coordination is critical for maintaining the safety and reliability of your electrical systems. With our substation design services, you can ensure the proper coordination and function of your protective devices, minimising the risk of personnel injury, equipment damage, and unplanned outages.
Work with us at Elegrow Technology, a leading substation design service provider with over ten years of experience in the field. Our methods are fully NFPA compliant, and we make sure to use licensed ETAP software to provide the highest quality of services possible.