Date of Defense



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Joseph Kelemen


Broken electric power lines present a significant public safety hazard. While public utilities take as many precautions as possible and apply appropriate protective equipment to their lines to sectionalize broken wires, sometimes a downed wire remains energized in a phenomena known as a high impedance fault (HIF). The Electric Power Distribution Equipment Enhancer (EPDPEE) analyzes the transient behavior of the distribution line current for fault specific behavior and forces existing protective equipment to sectionalize these faults that would otherwise remain energized. The EPDPEE also allows the current level at which a device will operate to adjusted, increasing a devices effective application range.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only