Patent Number: 6,294,898

Title: Method and apparatus for modifying limit and protection software in a synchronous generator exciter to match the capability of the turbine-generator

Abstract: A method and apparatus for compensating, consistent with variations in cooling conditions, protection and limit functions of a generator. Limits of the capability curve of the generator, including the overexcited region, underexcited region and region limited by stator current heating, are modified in response to changes in coolant pressure or temperature depending on the type of generator being compensated. Feedback signals and setpoints being provided to fixed protection and limit functions are intercepted and modified in accordance with the relationship between generator rated values and generator performance in view of altered coolant conditions. Protection and limit functions are automatically coordinated. As a result, overall generator performance is improved.

Inventors: Lawson; Rodney A. (Fincastle, VA), Pearson; William R. (Salem, VA), Curran; James E. (Roanoke, VA)

Assignee: General Electric Company

International Classification: H02H 7/06 (20060101); H02P 9/10 (20060101); H02P 009/10 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018