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Earthing system

The project of earthing system is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the investor and Standard: IEEE 80 –2000 Guide for Safety in Substation Grounding. Specific resistance is calculated on the basis of measured values of soil resistivity. The earthing system is designed so that the allowable touch and step voltages do not be exceeded.

Earthing system calculation for steal factory substation 132/11kV, 1x30/40MVA
Earthing system calculation for steal factory substation 132/11kV, 1×30/40MVA

The calculation is done using the software CDEG MultiGround TM SES – Safe Engineering Services & technologies ltd. Canada whose results are shown in Appendices. The result shows that the touch and step voltages are within the permissible limits.

Soil resistivity measurements

Document already exists and it is Expected Soill Resistivity Study of Bazian Steal Factory S/S-132/11kV, 1×30/40MVA. That document should be placed here (suggested). The measured resistance values at particular site as well as computed output of soil resistivity results are enclosed in Appendices 1 to 4.

Earthing Calculation Details to IEEE Std. 80-2000

Grid Conductor Sizing

Required minimum earth grid conductor size:

Required minimum earth grid conductor size


  • Single pole short circuit current: Ifs = 31,5 kA
  • Duration of fault current: tc = 0,5 s
  • Thermal resistivity coefficient at the referent temperature (20°C): αr= 0,00381 1/ ˚C
  • Resistivity of the grounding conductor at the referent soil temperature: ρr= 1,78 μΩ·cm
  • Thermal capacity of copper: TCAP=3,42J/cm3/˚C
  • Max allowable temperature for brazed joint: Tm = 1084 ˚C
  • Ambient temperature: Ta = 40 ˚C
  • Ko=1/Ao at 0°C, K0 = 235


Earth grid conductor size

Important Note! – According to customer’s specification earth grid conductor shall not be less than 120 sqmm, therefore the earth grid conductor size to be used is 120 sqmm.

Calculation of current flowing between ground grid and earth

Current flowing between ground grid and earth


  • Symmetrical three phase short-circuit current (r.m.s.): Ik3=31.5 kA
  • Nominal system voltage: Un=132 kV
  • Positive sequence impedance at the fault location: Z1

Single phase to earth fault current

  • Single phase to earth fault current Ik
  • Ratio of zero-sequence impedance to positive sequence impedance to network as viewed from fault location in case of solidly earthed neutral |Z0/Z1|=3


Single phase to earth fault current

Earth wires of coupled transmission lines or cable sheets connected to the earthing system carry out part of the fault current as result of magnetic coupling. This effect is accounted fir by reduction factor SF.

Grid current


  • Grid current discharged into grounding system: Ig
  • Current division dactor that flows between ground grid and surrounding earth: SF=0,6
  • Phase to earth fault current: Ik1=18900 (kA)

Therefore, grid current: Ig = 0,6×18900 = 11350 (A)

Configuration of the grounding mesh (Touch and Step Voltages Profiles)
Configuration of the grounding mesh (Touch and Step Voltages Profiles)

Tolerable Step and Touch Voltages

Reduction Factor Due to Resistivity of Crush Rock Surface

120 mm thick layer of crushed rock is spread on the earth’s surface above ground grid in the switchyard to increase the contact resistance between the soil and the feet of the personnel in the substation.

Touch and Step Voltage Criteria

The safety of a person depends on preventing the critical amount of shock energy from being absorbed before the fault is cleared and system de-energized. The maximum driving voltage of any accidental circuit should not exceed the limits defined later.

The safe touch and step voltages to be used for verification of grounding design is calculated using MALT engineering module of CDEGS computer program. In the Appendix 7 the computer printouts are presented.

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  1. Shumbulo Shuta
    Jul 14, 2022

    dear thank you all that you have been given me information and

  2. Subir Kumar Nandi
    Dec 16, 2021

    Information is useful.
    We need the flow of grid current in diagram also.

  3. Imran Ali
    Jun 21, 2021

    Good information and useful

  4. SyedAli Shah
    Mar 01, 2021

    I have problem in my grid station circulating current in 40 Mva power transformer increased upto 6 amp in body as well as in mesh also how decreased

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    Jul 24, 2020

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