Vacuum Circuit-Breaker Parameter Calculation and Modelling for Power System Transient Studies
Journal article, 2017

In this paper, a black-box vacuum circuit-breaker model is developed and its parameters are calculated. The developed model is deterministic and does not include the stochastic behavior of arc interruption. The phenomena, such as the current chopping, high-frequency current quenching capability, and rate of rise of dielectric strength are treated as deterministic and calculated using mean values. The vacuum breaker model is verified using a laboratory test setup, and simulation results show good agreement with the obtained measurements. The withstand voltage of the breaker during appearance of the voltage restrikes shows good agreement with the measurements. Moreover, the magnitude and repetitiveness of the high-frequency transients obtained in simulations are within a 10% margin when compared with measurements.

Surge protection

vacuum circuit breakers (VCBs)


transient analysis




wind power



Tarik Abdulahovic

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Engineering

Torbjörn Thiringer

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Engineering

M. Reza

ABB Corporate Research Center

H. Breder

ABB Corporate Research Center

IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery

0885-8977 (ISSN)

Vol. 33 3 1165-1172 6898880

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)



Basic sciences

Subject Categories

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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