Power arcing source location using first peak arrival of rf-signal

Frank Zoko Ble, Matti Lehtonen, Ari Sihvola, Charles Kim

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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 wideband 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 arrival method works at a reasonable level of accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-881
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Review of Electrical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Antenna
  • Arc source location
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Power arc
  • Radio frequency
  • Radio measurement
  • Radio signal propagation
  • Signal arrival time
  • Signal processing
  • Time delay estimation


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