College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Taufik, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


Electrical systems such as those used by utility companies to deliver power to residents are generally not perfect and thus can lead to many serious issues. One of which is fault current which is a current that flows when two conductors either make a short with each other or with ground. Fault current is unpredictable and extremely dangerous, as not only can it severely damage expensive equipment used by utility companies, but also risk the life and health of anybody in the vicinity. Where our project comes in is the need to monitor these electrical systems to check for faults using hardware that we will program, which will be provided by Schneider Electric known as M580’s Function Blocks. This will allow the systems that the utility companies use to deliver power to residential homes to run safely by implementing fault checking and breaker tripping. We will measure success by our project’s ability to force the system into lock mode in the event of a fault and its ability to protect the equipment and people surrounding the fault. Overall, this project is of minimal cost, as most if not all of the equipment is already available due to the generous donations made by Schneider Electric.