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Varly loop test for locating underground cable fault


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Varly loop test is a test by which we can locate the earth fault or short circuit fault in the underground cable. It is slightly different from Murry loop test in this the ratio arms P & Q are fixed resistance and a variable resistance (s) is connected to the test end of the faulty cable. The connection diagram for locating the earth fault is shown in fig.

The key K2 is first connected to position 1, now the variable resistance S is varied till the galvanometer shows zero deflection. Let, the resistance of the variable resistance is S1 when galvanometer shows zero deflection. Then we can write

Now the switch K2 is position 2. Then the variable resistance S is varied till the galvanometer shows zero deflection. Let , the resistance of the variable resistance is S2 ,when galvanometer shows zero deflection.

The value of P,Q,S1 and S2 are known , we can easily get the value of loop resistance.

If the resistance of the cable per meter length is r,
Then the distance of fault form the test end is

We can easily located the short circuit fault of the under ground cable as same process as above.The circuit diagram of short circuit fault is given below:-


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