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An interactive 2-D power-line modeling and simulation tool
Author(s): David Hull; Ross Adelman
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Power-Line unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Modeling and Simulation (ARL-PLUMS) is a tool for estimating and analyzing quasi-static electric and magnetic fields due to power lines. This tool consists of an interactive 2-D graphical user interface (GUI) and a compute engine that can be used to calculate and visualize the E-Field and H-Field due to as many as seven conductors (two 3-phase circuits and a ground wire). ARL-PLUMS allows the user to set the geometry of the lines and the load conditions on those lines, and then calculate Ey, Ez, Hy, or Hz along a linear path or cutting plane, or in the form of a movie. The path can be along the ground or in the air to simulate the fields that might be observed, for example, by a robotic vehicle or a UAV. ARL-PLUMS makes several simplifying assumptions in order to allow simulations to be completed on a laptop PC interactively. In most cases, the results are excellent, providing a "90% solution" in just a few minutes of total modeling and simulation time. This paper describes the physics used by ARL-PLUMS, including the simplifying assumptions and the 2-D Method of Moments solver. Examples of electric and magnetic fields for different wire configurations, including typical 3-phase distribution and transmissions lines, are provided. Comparisons to similar results using a full 3-D model are also shown, and a discussion of errors that may be expected from the 2-D simulations is provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8382, Active and Passive Signatures III, 838204 (11 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920483
Show Author Affiliations
David Hull, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ross Adelman, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8382:
Active and Passive Signatures III
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Chadwick Todd Hawley, Editor(s)

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