XGSLab™ Grounding Solution

EasyPower is partnering with the industry-leading grounding and EMI analysis expert company, SINT Srl (website), which offers a software package to analyze and design grounding, lightning and electromagnetic interference problems by focusing on its powerful and yet affordable grounding analysis software packages, XGSLab. EasyPower is the exclusive representative of XGSLab software in the USA and Canada.

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XGSLab

XGSLab is one of the most powerful software for electromagnetic simulation for power, grounding and lightning protection systems and the only software on the market that takes into account International (IEC/TS 60479-1:2005), European (EN 50522:2010) and American (IEEE Std 80-2000 and IEEE Std 80-2013) Standards in grounding system analysis.

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New - XGSLab and Grounding Analysis Course (Paid). This self-pace online class covers grounding system components, permissible voltage limits per IEEE Std 80, soil model development, fault current split, and more grounding analysis concepts to provide personnel and public safety at power systems. This course shows how to use the XGSLab® software to design and evaluate your grounding systems. The course offers 0.2 CEU credits (issued by IEEE). Info and registration

Electrical Grounding Resource Center. EasyPower offers one of the best resources in the industry for learning about grounding and related topics. It contains many articles and videos, from basic to advanced, with new content being added on a regular basis. Visit now: Grounding Resource Center

New - Quarterly Grounding Workshop. EasyPower is pleased to offer a new quarterly grounding workshop. This free two-hour workshop is given by David Lewis, an electrical engineer at EasyPower, and it provides an interactive demonstration for evaluating grounding systems to improve engineering tools and knowledge. Sign up for the next workshop here:

New XGSLab 10.1 Product Update

The engineers at SINT Srl in Italy have recently released version 10.1 of XGSLab, with multiple additions and enhancements that make the software more powerful, versatile, and easier to use. Here are some of the major enhancements in the latest upgrade:

Watch this video showing some of the updated features in the XGSLab 10.1 release.
 

Read the full list of updates and enhancements.

Why XGSLab

XGSLab Module Options

The GSA, GSA_FD, XGSA_FD, and XGSA_TD modules are perfectly suited for many engineering appli¬cations, as these modules are based on the PEEC (Partial Element Equivalent Circuit) Method, which is a powerful and flexible numerical method. Similarly, the NETS module is based on the phase compo-nents method and graphs theory, overcoming limitations with the sequence components method. 

All modules are integrated in an “all-in-one” package and provide professional development to im¬plement efficient computation speeds. XGSLab is easy to use and well suited for complex scenarios making it a virtual laboratory.

Hybrid methods combine the strengths of other methods and are well suited for engineering purposes because they allow the analysis of complex scenarios including external parameters such as voltages, currents and impedances. For these reasons, XGSLab can be considered a real laboratory.

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Applications

The following table summarizes the main applications of the available models.

Application GSA GSA_FD XGSA_FD XGSA_TD NETS SHIELD
Grounding (equipotential systems) Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Grounding (general systems)   Yes Yes Yes    
Cathodic Protection Systems   Yes Yes Yes    
Magnetic Field   Yes Yes Yes    
Electric Field     Yes Yes    
Electromagnetic Interferences   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Corona Effects     Yes      
Switching Transients, Lightning and Fault Transients in GIS       Yes    
Steady State Solver for Full Meshed Multi-conductor and Multi-phase Networks         Yes  
Short Circuit Current on Full Meshed Multi-conductor and Multi-phase Networks         Yes  
Fault Current Distribution on Full Meshed Multi-conductor and Multi-phase Networks         Yes  
Lightning Shielding           Yes

Product Details

GSA (Grounding System Analysis)

GSA is a widely utilized and recognized module for earth grid calculations and design including soil analysis.

XGSLab GSA Tutorial Video - A Grounding System Analysis Applying the EN 50522 Standard

This video follows the XGSLab tutorial documentation for the GSA module incorporating the EN 50522 standard. In the tutorial, a substation grounding system is subjected to a fault resulting in a ground/earth potential rise at the grounding system. We also model an adjacent tank buried in the earth that is a recipient of voltages transferred through the soil. In the video we use the Soil Resistivity Analyzer to determine a soil model from Wenner resistivity measurements, then proceed to import our grounding systems for the substation and the buried tank from an existing DXF. The fault current split tool is used to calculate the fault split, reducing the total fault contributing to the ground/earth potential rise. Safety plots are generated based on the permissible touch and step voltage limits with regard to EN 50522 standard.

GSA_FD (Grounding System Analysis in the Frequency Domain)

GSA_FD is a module for earth grid calculation and design in the frequency domain, including soil resistivity analysis and represents the state of the art of grounding software.

XGSLab GSA_FD Tutorial Video - A Grounding System Analysis Applying IEEE Std 80

This video follows the XGSLab tutorial documentation for the GSA_FD module incorporating the IEEE Std 80-2013. In the tutorial, a substation grounding system is subjected to a fault and transfers the ground/earth potential rise to the connected steel factory grounding system. In the video we use the Soil Resistivity Analyzer to determine a soil model from Wenner resistivity measurements, then proceed to import our grounding systems for the substation, steel factory, and adjacent site entrance from an existing DXF. The fault current split tool is used to quickly determine fault split calculation, reducing the total fault contributing to the ground/earth potential rise. 

XGSA_FD (Above and Below Ground System Analysis in the Frequency Domain)

XGSA_FD extends the GSA_FD application field to the overhead systems.

XGSLab XGSA_FD Tutorial Video

This video follows the XGSLab tutorial documentation for the XGSA_FD module. In this tutorial, a transmission line’s electromagnetic field (emf) interferes is computed with an adjacent buried pipeline. In this shared corridor or AC Interference study, we import the transmission line and pipeline into XGSLab using an existing DXF model. XGSLab calculates the induced voltage on the pipeline from the steady state operation of the transmission line. The transmission line’s effects on the pipeline during a fault are evaluated by slight modifications to the model rather than importing a new DXF from XGSLab’s helpdesk as instructed by the step-by-step tutorial documentation. 

XGSA_TD (Above and Below Ground System Analysis in the Time Domain)

XGSA_TD is a powerful module which extends the XGSA_FD application field to the time domain.

SHIELD (Lightning Shielding)

SHIELD for the evaluation of lightning protection systems and structures for direct lightning strokes using the Rolling Sphere method or Eriksson Method in a full 3D graphical application.

NETS (Network Solver)

NETS is a very flexible tool able to solve full meshed multi-conductor and multi-phase networks taking into account all the neutral conductors paths as well as the earth path.

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