Detecting power theft from electrical grids using Time Domain Reflectometry

Author/​Artist
Asala, Jeffrey [Browse]
Format
Senior thesis
Language
English
Description
21 pages

Details

Advisor(s)
Malik, Sharad [Browse]
Contributor(s)
Sengupta, Kaushik [Browse]
Department
Princeton University. Department of Electrical Engineering [Browse]
Class year
2015
Summary note
Both Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) and More Economically Developed Countries (MEDCs) face loss of revenue due to power theft from the electrical grid. However, MEDCs have the luxury of employing more costly solutions to the problem. As a result, most of the current research on this subject focuses on the use of advanced metering technologies which are very costly to setup. A TDR-based approach (suggested by Method and Apparatus for Power Theft Prevention Based on TDR or FDR Signature Monitoring on LV and MV Power Lines [1]) has the potential to be more cost e ective than the current advanced metering technologies. Hence, this paper provides a proof of concept that a TDR-based method can be used to detect power theft in simple electrical grids.

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