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Title

Power distribution system faults and wildfires: mechanisms and prevention
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Sahan Bandara; Pathmanthan Rajeev; Emad Gad
Publication Year: 2023

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • condition monitoring
  • power distribution
  • surveillance
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: October 16, 2023
FRAMES Record Number: 68630

Description

Wildfires are one of the most hazardous natural disasters in Australia in terms of fatalities, property damage and financial losses. Events of catastrophic wildfires are recorded across the world including in the United States and Canada. Failures along power distribution infrastructure and network faults have been identified as some of the causes for the initiation of wildfires. Thus, it is critical to better understand the mechanisms and the potential prevention strategies for wildfires caused by power distribution system faults. In this light, this paper presents how the power distribution network faults cause wildfires highlighting the main mechanisms. Further, this paper reviewed studies on recent advancements for the prediction, detection and prevention of wildfires. Condition assessment of power distribution infrastructure including poles, crossarms, overhead cables and other attachments are paramount to detect potential defects and to carry out timely replacements which can subsequently mitigate the possibility of wildfire initiation. Therefore, this paper summarized the studies on condition monitoring and surveillance techniques for power distribution infrastructure. Altogether, this paper aimed to enhance the awareness about the prevention strategies for wildfires caused by power distribution system faults.

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Citation:
Bandara, Sahan; Rajeev, Pathmanthan; Gad, Emad. 2023. Power distribution system faults and wildfires: mechanisms and prevention. Forests 14(6):1146.