Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Tepe, Kemal (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Keywords

Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The current era calls for a greater electricity demand than ever before. Slow information feedback to other power stations was a major contributor to North America's northeast blackout of 2003. Had fault information been efficiently forwarded, the blackout area would have been reduced. It can be seen that having the knowledge of knowing exactly what is happening on the power distribution grid is extremely valuable. This thesis develops a self configuring, sampling and forwarding scheme for transmission line monitoring. A hierarchical communication topology is also proposed. The developed prototype operates successfully and its functionality is documented. A ZigBee testbed is also developed and used to determine its ability to perform in harsh environments, such as the one that may be found in a transmission line or power station environment. This research found that ZigBee devices are able to perform suitably with harsh surroundings.

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