Temperature Monitoring in Low-Voltage Switchgear

Andrew Turner

BEng (Hons) Electrical Electronic Engineering
Newcastle College


This article evaluates temperature monitoring solutions in low-voltage switchgear employing existing technologies, evaluating the effectiveness of an alternative, contemporary self-diagnosing embedded solution. The design of the proposed system incorporated the monitoring of temperature-rise within low-voltage switchboards and emergency escalations to duty holders and end-users when electrical equipment has surpassed its thermal limits, predicting failure, rather than reacting to it. This ‘intelligence’ in low-voltage switchgear will prove a key component in end-user asset management and integration into ‘Smart Grid’ networks and ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

KEYWORDS: Condition Monitoring, Temperature Monitoring, Low-voltage Switchgear, Predictive Maintenance, Self-diagnostics.

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Article Data:

  • Author: Andrew Turner
  • Title: Temperature Monitoring in Low-Voltage Switchgear
  • Issue: Seven Bridges Vol. 6 (2018)
  • Publication date: 05/07/18