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Power Arcing Source Location Using First Peak of Arrivalof RF-Signal

Frank Zoko Ble(1), Matti Lehtonen(2*), Ari Sihvola(3), Charles Kim(4)

(1) Aalto University / Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Finland
(2) Aalto University / Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation,
(3) Aalto University / Department of Radio Science and Engineering,
(4) Howard University / Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
(*) Corresponding author



This paper reports an experimental investigation of locating arc sources using strategically placed antennas and the signal arrival times of first peak component of the wide-band electromagnetic signals radiated from the sources toward the antennas.  Theoretical approaches of such electromagnetic source location are first introduced and then a new approach of using the dominant frequency component of the first peak wave to clarify the source location distance is discussed. Experiments of arc generation and radiation signal measurement are conducted and, using the measured electromagnetic data, the arc source location method is applied and the results are compared against the actual location.  It is found that the first peak signal arrival method with of the captured signal works at a reasonable level of accuracy.
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power arc, radio frequency, electromagnetic radiation, antenna, signal arrival time, arc source location, signal processing, radio signal propagation, time delay estimation, radio measurement.

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