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3 Common Steel Structures Found Inside a Substation

Posted by Wendy Gintz on Feb 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Before electricity can travel into your home, it must pass through a substation first. A substation is an assemblage of equipment where electrical energy is passed in order to be stepped up or stepped down.

Transformers inside a substation change the voltage levels between high transmission voltages and lower distribution voltages. The high transmission voltages are used to carry electricity longer distances, like across the country, whereas lower distribution voltages travel to industrial, commercial or residential consumers.

In a T&D system, the major components typically consist of transmission lines, distribution lines, substations and switchyards.

For this particular Blog, lets just identify the Main Substation Structures.

1.)    Dead-End Structures

2.)    Static Poles

3.)    Bus Supports/ Equipment Stands

Dead-end Structures are where the line ends or angles off. They are typically constructed with heavier steel in case they are needed to carry heavier tension. The two most common dead-end structures are H-Frame and A-Frame structures.

HFrame Substation Structure   t&d_1-resized-600


Static Pole, is a single, free-standing pole that creates a shield to protect all of the equipment inside a substation from lightning. Static poles may or may not have overhead shield wires attached to enhance protection. It depends on the size of the substation as to how many static poles are needed.     

NOTE: Tapered tubular design is typically efficient and economical in dead-end andstatic pole situations when compared to AISC standard shape structures.

 
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us Supports are the most basic structure found inside a substation. Its main purpose is to provide support for rigid bus as it travels though the substation. Rigid bus is stiff and will not move around during     weather events. Unlike rigid, flexible bus is typically used in high   seismic areas in order to be able to move and dampen the seismic forces that occur.  

 

Examples of some equipment stands include:t can be of significant weight and must meet specific guidelines for structural loads, deflection limits or clearance requirements. Equipment Stands are the structures that the actual equipment sit on.

  • Potential Transformers (PT) Stands
  • Current Transformers (CT) Stands
  • Coupling Capacitor Voltage Transformer (CCVT ) Stands
  • Lightning Arresters (LA)
  • Switch Stands

When it comes to which type of steel is used, galvanized or weathering, inside a substation, I won’t say that you will never see weathering steel, but it is very rare. Weathering steel is used more in transmission structures than substation. One of the main reasons is because aesthetically, galvanized steel “looks” better inside a substation. Typically a substation is surrounded by a fence, has a metal building inside as well as white rock on the ground surrounding it. So the look of weathering steel, which is usually a dark brown color, aesthetically, goes better with a transmission line running through the woods to blend in versus in a substation.

Let us know if this information was helpful.  Comment below with and questions you may have, we would love to hear from you.

 

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DIS-TRAN's Top Utility Posts of 2012

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jan 4, 2013 10:50:00 AM

As the new calendar year begins, it’s a good time to look back at all the accomplishments, as well as all the areas of improvement, to ensure that the next 365 days are just as good, if not better, than the previous.

One accomplishment from 2012 would have to be the continuous success of the DIS-TRAN Blog.

For me, the best part about writing each blog is that, as I’m sharing valuable information with others, I’m also learning too. And I couldn’t have done it without the participation and help from all of the employees here who have taught me so much.

So with that said, here’s a recap of some of the 2012 blog articles that seemed to make the biggest impact among our readers.

Top Posts by Page Views:

1. 10 Things You Ought to Know about TimberSIL Distribution Crossarms- Coming in at number one for 2012, this article generated the most interest and moved the conversation about this new “green” product.

2. The Secret to Building Morale by Maintaining Your Plant- This post shows a few simple steps that could change the entire perception of your fabricating facility!.

3. A Cheat Sheet for Electrical Substations- An inside look at how electricity is generated from substations into your home, and the main structures found inside a substation and their functions.

Top Human Interest Posts:

1. Road to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy- Super Storm Sandy left thousands of homes flooded and millions in the dark. Although DIS-TRAN wasn’t physically there, we worked around the clock to assist utilities to get power restored as quickly as possible. Our hearts go out to everyone who encountered Sandy’s devastation.

2. DIS-TRAN Goes Pink- This was an awesome experience and I’m really glad I got to do it with some great people!

3. DIS-TRAN’s Quick Response for Storm Restoration- Real time efforts made by DIS-TRAN and the dedicated employees who make this happen.

Top Informational Posts:

1. Design Practice for Flange Plates versus Slip Joint Connections- Great advice with a little help from our engineering department.

2. How to Use Lean Manufacturing to Increase Production- Lean Manufacturing might be an easy concept to understand, but implementing it takes hard work, persistence and teamwork.

3. Back to Basics in Transmission Structures- For anyone just starting off in this industry, substations and transmissions can get confusing. This article walks through transmission structures and their different configurations at an easy-to-learn pace.

Since September, just within a matter of a few months, our blog has taken off and I’d like to thank all of our subscribers and followers for reading and sharing our posts. If there’s anything you’d like us to write about, share or answer, please leave a comment below and we will do our best to help!

Happy New Year!

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A Cheat Sheet for Electrical Substations

Posted by Brooke Barone on Nov 30, 2012 9:33:00 AM

Electricity- a hot commodity in modern life.

A Transmission and Distribution (T&D) System, has a notorious job of delivering electricity to consumers 24/7, 365 days a year.

But before the electricity can travel into your home, it must pass through a substation first. A substation is an assemblage of equipment where electrical energy is passed in order to be stepped up or stepped down.

Transformers inside a substation change the voltage levels between high transmission voltages and lower distribution voltages. The high transmission voltages are used to carry electricity longer distances, like across the country, whereas lower distribution voltages travel to industrial, commercial or residential consumers.

In a T&D system, the major components typically consist of transmission lines, distribution lines, substations and switchyards.

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Inside a substation is like its own unique “power world” where every pole, bolt, stand, surge arrestor or structure plays its own individual role.

The three main types of structures found inside a substation include:

1.)    Dead-End Structures

2.)    Static Poles

3.)    Bus Supports/ Equipment Stands

Dead-end Structures are where the line ends or angles off. They are typically constructed with heavier steel in case they are needed to carry heavier tension. The two most common dead-end structures are H-Frame and A-Frame structures.

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The second structure, a Static Pole, is a single, free-standing pole that creates a shield to protect all of the equipment inside a substation from lightning. Static poles may or may not have overhead shield wires attached to enhance protection. It depends on the size of the substation as to how many static poles are needed.             

NOTE: Tapered tubular design is typically efficient and economical in dead-end and static pole situations when compared to AISC standard shape structures.

Bus Supports are the most basic structure found inside a substation. Its main purpose is to provide support for rigid bus as it travels though the substation. Rigid bus is stiff and will not move around during weather events. Unlike rigid, flexible bus is typically used in high seismic describe the imageareas in order to be able to move and dampen the seismic forces that occur. 

Electrical equipment can be of significant weight and must meet specific guidelines for structural loads, deflection limits or clearance requirements. Equipment Stands are the structures that the actual equipment sit on.

Examples of some equipment stands include:

  • Potential Transformers (PT) Stands
  • Current Transformers (CT) Stands
  • Coupling Capacitor Voltage Transformer (CCVT ) Stands
  • Lightning Arresters (LA)
  • Switch Stands

 So, although the concept seems quick and simple like flipping a light switch, much more is going on behind the scenes.  


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