Anna University, Chennai





1. What is meant by power supply system? (2)

2. What is meant by Transmission and Distribution system? (2)

3. What are the different types of Power supply system? (2)

4. What are the various components of power supply system? (2)

5. What are the different types of power plants? (2)

6. What are the different operating voltages used for generation, primary and secondary transmission in AC power supply systems in India? (2)

7. Define feeder, distributor and service mains. (2)

8. List the advantages of high voltage transmission. (2)

9. State Kelvin’s law. (2)

10. What are the limitations of Kelvin’s law? (2)


1. (i) Discuss various types of HVDC links. (8)

(ii) List out the main components of a HVDC system. (8)

2. (i) Draw and explain the structure of modern power systems with typical

voltage levels (13)

(ii) What is the highest voltage level available in India? (3)

3. (i) Explain the effect of high voltage on volume of copper and on efficiency. (8)

(ii) Explain why the transmission lines are 3 phase 3-wire circuits while distribution lines are 3 phase 4-wire circuits. (8)

4. (i) Draw the model power system with single line representation. Show its essential constituent sections. (6)

(ii) What are the AC transmission and distribution level voltages we have in

India? (4)

(iii) What are the different kinds of DC links? Draw relevant diagrams. (6)

5. (i) Explain why EHV transmission is preferred? What are the problems

involved in EHV AC transmission? (8)

(ii) With neat schematic, explain the principle of HVDC system operation. (8)

6. Explain about FACTS with neat diagram (16)

7. Explain TCSC and SVS systems (16)

8. Explain with neat diagram about STATCOM and UPFC (16)

9. (i) Compare EHVAC and HVDC transmission (8)

(ii) Explain the applications of HVDC transmission system (8)


1. Define Skin effect. (2)

2. What is meant by proximity effect? (2)

3. Differentiate the stranded conductor and bundled conductor. (2)

4. List out the advantages of double circuit lines. (2)

5. Define - Self and mutual – G.M.D. (2)

6. What is meant by inductive interference? (2)

7. What is transposition of conductors? (2)

8. What is ACSR conductor? (2)

9. What is fictitious conductor radius? (2)

10. Define unsymmetrical and symmetrical spacing. (2) PART-B

1. From the fundamentals derive an expression for inductance of a single phase transmission system. (16)

2. Derive an expression for capacitances of a single phase transmission system and discuss the effect of earth on capacitance with suitable equation. (16)

3. Derive an expression for inductance

i) Of a single-phase overhead line. (8)

ii) A conductor is composed of seven identical copper strands

each having a radius r. Find the self-GMD of the conductor. (8)

4. i) Derive an expression for the capacitance between conductors of a

Single phase overhead line. (8)

ii) Find the capacitance between the conductors of a single-phase 10 km long line. The diameter of each conductor is 1.213cm. The spacing between conductors is 1.25m. Also find the capacitance of each conductor

neutral. (8)

5. i) Derive the expression for inductance of a two wire 1Φ transmission line (8)

ii) Derive the expression for capacitance of a 1Φ transmission line (8)

6. i) What are the advantages of bundled conductors? (4) ii) Derive the expression for capacitance of a double circuit line for hexagonal spacing. (8) iii) Why is the concept of self GMD is not applicable for capacitance? (4)

7. i) Explain clearly the skin effect and the proximity effects when referred to overhead lines. (8)

ii) Write a short note on the inductive interference between power and communication lines. (8)

8. i) Derive the expression for the capacitance per phase of the 3 Φ double circuit

line flat vertical spacing with transposition. (8)

ii) A 3 Φ overhead transmission line has its conductors arranged at the corners of an equilateral triangle of 2m side. Calculate the capacitance of each line conductor per km. Given the diameter of each conductor is 1.25cm. (8)

9. Find the capacitance per km per phase of a 3Φ line arrangement in a

horizontal plane spaced 8 metres apart. The height of all conductors above the earth is 13 metres. The diameter of each conductor is 2.6 cm. the line is

completely transposed and takes the effect of ground into account. (16)

10. Discuss the concept of GMR and GMD in the calculation of transmission line inductance. (16)



1. Classify overhead transmission lines. (2)

2. Define transmission efficiency. (2)

3. List out the methods of representation of medium transmission lines. (2)

4. What is Ferranti effect? (2)

5. Define regulation of power transmission line. (2)

6. What is stringing chart? What are the uses of stringing chart? (2)

7. Define corona. What is local corona? (2)

8. Define sag. (2)

9. What are the methods adopted to reduce corona? (2)

10. What is the use of power circle diagram? (2) PART-B

1. Determine the efficiency and regulation of a 3phase, 100Km, 50 Hz transmission line delivering 20 MW at a power factor of 0.8 lagging and 66 kV to a balanced load. The conductors are of copper, each having resistance

0.1 Ω / Km, 1.5 cm outside dia, spaced equilaterally 2 metres between centres.

Use nominal T method. (16)

2. A three phase 5 km long transmission line, having resistance of 0.5 Ω / km and inductance of 1.76mH/km is delivering power at 0.8 pf lagging. The receiving end voltage is 32kV. If the supply end voltage is 33 kV, 50 Hz, find line current, regulation and efficiency of the transmission line. (16)

3. Derive the expressions for sending end voltage in nominal T method and end

Condenser method. (16)

4. i) What is an equivalent π circuit of long line? Derive expression for

parameters of this circuit in terms of line parameters. (8)

ii) A 50Hz transmission line 300 km long total series impedance of 40+j25 Ω and total shunt admittance of 10-3 mho. The 220 KV with 0.8 lagging power factor. Find the sending end voltage, current, power and power factor using nominal π method. (8)

5. i) Define regulation of a transmission line and derive the approximate expression for the regulation of a short transmission line. (8)

ii) What is corona loss? How do you determine this loss? (8)

6. A 220kV, 3Φ transmission line has an impedance per phase of (40+j200)Ω and an admittance of (0+j0.0015) mho. Determine the sending end voltage and sending end current when the receiving end current is 200 A at 0.95 pf

lagging. Use nominal T method. (16)

7. Determine the efficiency and regulation of a three phase 200 km, 50Hz transmission line delivering 100MW at a pf of 0.8 lagging and 33kV to a balanced load. The conductors are of copper, each having resistance

0.1 Ω/km, and 1.5cm outside dia, spaced equilaterally 2m between centres.

Neglect leakage reactance and use nominal T and π methods. (16)

8. i) Explain the Ferranti effect with a phasor diagram and its causes. (6) ii) Explain the classification of lines based on their length of transmission. (4) iii) What are ABCD constants. (6)


1. What is the purpose of insulator? (2)

2. What is the main purpose of armouring? (2)

3. What is meant by efficiency of an insulator string? (2)

4. List out various types of insulators used for overhead transmission lines. (2)

5. Mention the advantages of the pin type insulator. (2)

6. What are the main causes for failure of insulators? (2)

7. What are the different tests that are conducted on an insulator? (2)

8 What are the methods for improving string efficiency? (2)

9. Write short notes on puncture test. (2)

10. Define impulse ratio. (2) PART-B

1.Discuss any two methods to increase the value of string efficiency, with

suitable sketches. (16)

2.Explain any two methods of grading of cables with necessary diagrams. (16)

3. i) What are different methods to improve string efficiency of an insulator? (8)

ii) In a 3-unit insulator, the joint to tower capacitance is 20% of the capacitance of each unit. By how much should the capacitance of the lowest unit be increased to get a string efficiency of 90%. The remaining two units are left unchanged. (8)

4. i) Derive the expression for insulator resistance, capacitance and electric

stress in a single core cable.Where is the stress maximum and minimum?(8)

ii) A single core 66kv cable working on 3-phase system has a conductor diameter of 2cm and sheath of inside diameter 5.3cm. If two inner sheaths are introduced in such a way that the stress varies between the same maximum and minimum in the three layers find:

a) position of inner sheaths

b) voltage on the linear sheaths

c) maximum and minimum stress (8)

5.i)Draw the schematic diagram of a pin type insulator and explain its function (8)

ii) A 3 phase overhead transmission line is being supported by three disc insulators. The potential across top unit (i.e. near the tower) and the middle unit are 8kV and 11kV respectively. Calculate,

a) The ratio of capacitance between pin and earth to the self capacitance of each unit (4) b) Line Voltage (2) c) String Efficiency (2)

6. i) Describe with the neat sketch, the construction of a 3 core belted type

cable. (8)

ii) A conductor of 1cm diameter passes centrally through porcelain cylinder of

internal diameter 2 cms and external diameter 7cms. The cylinder is surrounded by a tightly fitting metal sheath. The permittivity of porcelain is 5 and the peak voltage gradient in air must not exceed 34kV/cm. Determine

the maximum safe working voltage. (8)

7. i) What are the various properties of insulators? Also briefly explain about suspension type insulators. (8)

ii) Calculate the most economical diameter of a single core cable to be used on

132kV, 3 phase system. Find also the overall diameter of the insulation, if the peak permissible stress does not exceed 60kV/cm. also derive the formula used here. (8)

8. i) Briefly explain about various types of cables used in underground system.(8)

ii) A string of 4 insulator units has a self capacitance equal to 4 times the pin to earth capacitance. Calculate,

a) Voltage distribution as a % of total voltage

b) String efficiency (8)

9. i) Give any six properties of a good insulator. (4) ii) With a neat diagram, explain the strain and stay insulators. (4) iii) A cable is graded with three dielectrics of permittivities 4, 3 and 2. The

maximum permissible potential gradient for all dielectrics is same and equal to 30 kV/cm. The core diameter is 1.5cm and sheath diameter is

5.5cm. (8)

10.i) Explain the constructional features of one LT and HT cable (8)

ii) Compare and contrast overhead lines and underground cables. (8) UNIT-V


1. What is substation? (2)

2. What is earth resistance? (2)

3. What are the classifications of substation according to service? (2)

4. What are the types of transformer substations? (2)

5. What are the factors to be considered for busbar design? (2)

6. What is neutral grounding or neutral earthing? (2)

7. What are the equipments used in a transformer substation? (2)

8. What are the different types of bus bar arrangements in substations? (2)

9. What is bus bar? (2)

10. What are the materials mainly used in busbars? (2) PART-B

1. With a neat sketch explain double bus with double breaker and double bus

with single breaker. State their advantages and disadvantages. (16)

(i) Neutral grounding


(ii) Resistance grounding.


3. Explain about the various types of substations


4. Write short notes on


I. Sub mains


II. Stepped and tapered mains


2. Explain the following:

5. Explain the substation bus schemes.


6. Write short notes on


i. Busbar arrangement in substation


ii. Grounding grids


7. i) Explain the design principles of substation grounding system.


ii) Explain the equipments in a transformer substation.

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