Zinc Ribbon for AC Mitigation

AC Mitigation

The Gradient Control Wire Method

Advances in interference control have resulted in the gradient control wire method. This method consists of one or more bare zinc conductors buried parallel to and near the pipeline and regularly connected to it. Plattline™ zinc ribbon anode used in this way is very effective in mitigating excessive pipeline potentials due to both inductive and conductive interference. Plattline evens out pipeline and soil potential differences. Additionally, Plattline can provide cathodic protection to the pipeline.

Improved Performance through Experience

It is important to review the use and design of a gradient control wire system with an engineer experienced with this system, as its performance will depend on the multilayered structure of the earth. For inductive interference, gradient control wires provide additional grounding for the pipeline and decrease the induced pipe potential rise. At the same time, they raise local ground potentials, thus sharply reducing touch potentials and coating stress voltages.

For conductive interference, gradient control wires dampen the soil potential rise close to the pipe while raising pipe potentials, thus providing reduced tough voltages and decreasing coating stress voltages.

Life expectancy of Plattline in this application would be quite long and would generally be determined by Plattline as a projected cathodic protection system. The most common sizes of Plattline for AC mitigation are plus and standard.

Cathodic Protection Plattline can provide a significant means to mitigate potential gradients along the length of a pipeline. Importance must also be placed on reducing the potentials at valve sites, metering stations, pig launchers and receivers and other accessible installations for worker safety.

Gradient control grids or grounding mats raise local ground potentials in the same way gradient control wires do. These grounding mats can be made in several forms. Spiral and rectangular designs are generally standard for grounding mats. The most common size of Plattline for grounding mats is standard.

Finally, during fault conditions on the power line, the system must ensure that pipeline coating stress voltages remain within acceptable limits to prevent coating damage and damage to the pipeline steel. Coating damage can occur in the range of 1000-2000 volts for bitumen based coatings and in the range of 3000 - 5000 volts for polyethylene or fusion-bonded epoxy coated pipelines.


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