Mask and Parameters
Number of phases N  Currently, only 3phase lines are supported 

Frequency used for RLC specifications  Specifies the frequency used to compute the resistance R, inductance L, and capacitance C matrices of the line model. 
Resistance per unit length  The resistance R per unit length, as an NbyN matrix in ohms/km. For a symmetrical line, you can either specify the NbyN matrix or the sequence parameters. For a twophase or threephase continuously transposed line, you can enter the positive and zerosequence resistances [R1 R0]. For a symmetrical sixphase line you can set the sequence parameters plus the zerosequence mutual resistance [R1 R0 R0m]. For asymmetrical lines, you must specify the complete NbyN resistance matrix. 
Inductance per unit length  The inductance L per unit length, as an NbyN matrix in henries/km (H/km). For a symmetrical line, you can either specify the NbyN matrix or the sequence parameters. For a twophase or threephase continuously transposed line, you can enter the positive and zerosequence inductances [L1 L0]. For a symmetrical sixphase line, you can enter the sequence parameters plus the zerosequence mutual inductance [L1 L0 L0m]. For asymmetrical lines, you must specify the complete NbyN inductance matrix. 
Capacitance per unit length  The capacitance C per unit length, as an NbyN matrix in farads/km (F/km). For a symmetrical line, you can either specify the NbyN matrix or the sequence parameters. For a twophase or threephase continuously transposed line, you can enter the positive and zerosequence capacitances [C1 C0]. For a symmetrical sixphase line you can enter the sequence parameters plus the zerosequence mutual capacitance [C1 C0 C0m]. For asymmetrical lines, you must specify the complete NbyN capacitance matrix. 
Line length  The line length, in km. This length is the total length of the line, not the individual length of the 2 line sections used by the model. 
Maximum fault distance from ABC terminal (%)  This parameter is used to indicate the maximum fault distance from the ABC side of the line (the side with the fault distance inport). A 100% is the default value for which the losses are distributed evenly between the two line section (independently of each section line length). If the maximum fault distance is known, the losses are then distributed differently to better approximate the average fault distance. 
Inputs and Outputs
Inputs
Fault distance in pu  this signal value is the location of the fault in per unit of total line length with regards to the side of the input connector on the block. NPhases voltagecurrent signals (Physical Connection) 

Outputs
Too_short  when equal to 1, this signal output indicates that the fault distance is too short for the selected simulation sample time. The model requires that the line transmission delay be at least one sample time of the model. In that case, the user has the option of either lowering the simulation sample time or increasing the line length or fault distance. NPhases delayed voltagecurrent signals (Physical connection). 

Characteristics and Limitations
The ARTEMiS Distributed Parameters Line with Variable Internal Fault Distance block does not initialize in steadystate so unexpected transients at the beginning of the simulation may occur.
The use of the ARTEMiS Distributed Parameters Line with Variable Internal Fault Distance disable the ‘Measurements’ option of the regular Distributed Parameter Line. Usage of regular voltage measurement blocks is a good alternative.
Direct Feedthrough  No 

Discrete Sample Time  Yes, defined in the ARTEMiS guide block. 
XHP Support  Yes 
Work Offline  Yes 
Example
The following example compare the ARTEMiS Distributed Parameters Line with Variable Internal Fault Distance with a line fault modeled with two distinct line section. The example helps to put in context the error introduced by the model with regards to the normal ARTEMiS line model, that implement the standard Bergeron line model with lumped loss.
Inside the ADPLF, the user can implement its own fault scheme as seen in the following figure. In our case, a singlephase fault to ground is implemented.
The main error will arise for faults near the line terminal because a lumped loss of R/8 instead of R/4*fault_length/line_length. Remember that a normal Bergeron line with loss has R/4 loss at each end and R/2 in the middle with losses proportional to line length section. In the case of the ADPLF, this loss is fixed and no more proportional to section length.
The line used for the test is 100 km in length and has a 0.01273 (direct) and 0.3864 (homopolar) Ohms/km series losses. The line has a minimum transmission delay of approximately 333 µs and the minimum fault distance is approximately 15 km for a simulation time step of 50 µs (50/3.33, see Limitations). The user must use piline to simulate shorter faults. The test consists on a 4cycle singlephase to ground fault on the line from steadystate.
The line is completely opened at 0.11 seconds. Because the line is not loaded, the perfault steadystate current is quite small.
The next two figure shows the results for a very short and a midline fault. On the short fault, one can observe that the input current during the fault is smaller than the reference. This is caused by the lumped losses of the line end which is bigger than normal.
If we now make a fault at midline point, the two results are exactly the same. This is normal because the ADPLF assume a fixed losses distribution corresponding to a midline separation. Fault current is lower in this case also as expected for a fault occurring farther from the power source.
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Limitations
Usage in RTLAB as task decoupling elements
The ADPLF model cannot be used as a separating element in RTLAB.
Short distance fault limit
The ADPLF model can only implement a fault occurring at a distance corresponding to one time step of propagation of the line (the fastest mode for the 3phase line). If a shorter fault distance needs to be implemented, a piline model is recommended. As a quick rule of the thumb, considering the speed of light of 300000km/s, a 3.33µs/km relation exists between the minimum time step and minimal fault distance of the model.
Related Items
Since ARTEMiS 7.3.5, a new DPL models with fault is available in the SSN section of ARTEMiS. This new SSNbased DPL with fault model is more precise because it distributes the line losses proportionally to the fault distance.
References
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