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Advanced Line Differential Protection, Automation, and Control System

Apply the SEL-411L for complete protection and control of any transmission line. The SEL-411L provides differential protection with both phase- and sequence-based operating elements for sensitivity and high-speed operation. You can choose from many popular fiber and multiplexed communications options. Distance protection and logic from a complete SEL-421 Protection, Automation, and Control System are included to provide backup protection and integration. Any transmission line (short, long, or series-compensated) can be well-protected with the SEL-411L.

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Line Current Differential Protection—Apply subcycle single- or three-pole line current differential protection with backup distance protection for critical transmission lines using serial or Ethernet for differential communications. Patented generalized Alpha Plane technology combined with overcurrent supervision, external fault detection, and disturbance detection logic enables the 87L function to operate with exceptional security and sensitivity. You can invert individual or grouped CT or PT polarities to account for field wiring or protection zone changes.

Series-Compensated and Long Lines—Prevent Zone 1 overreach on series-compensated lines with optional logic in the SEL-411L-1 Advanced Line Differential Protection, Automation, and Control System. Built-in charging compensation improves the sensitivity and speed of differential protection for long lines.

In-Line Transformers—Simplify protection schemes and reduce equipment costs by providing complete protection for the combined line and transformer. The 87L function of the relay allows in-line transformer applications that compensate for vector group, ratio, and zero sequence of the in-zone transformer. Use harmonic blocking, restraint, or both for stabilization under magnetizing inrush conditions.

Out-of-Step Blocking and Tripping—During power swings, the relay automatically selects either out-of-step blocking or out-of-step tripping. Out-of-step blocking enhances your security by blocking distance elements during stable swing conditions. During unstable power swing conditions, the SEL-411L implements out-of-step tripping to maintain generation load balance.

Multiterminal Transmission Lines—Protect lines with up to four terminals. Apply the SEL-411L on breaker-and-a-half bus configurations or other two-breaker schemes with the relay’s dual CT and PT inputs. Efficiently dispatch line crews to quickly isolate line problems and restore service faster. The multiterminal fault location system quickly locates faults even on lateral transmission lines.

Traveling-Wave Fault Locator—Accurately pinpoint faults with time-synchronized traveling-wave fault location. Save time and money by sending maintenance crews to the tower nearest the fault.

Bay Control, Reclosing, and Breaker Failure Detection—Apply complete bay control, reclosing, and breaker failure protection for two breakers. Monitor circuit breaker performance, including the average and last tripping time, motor run time, and contact-interrupting duty.

Reliable Distance Protection—Provide reliable backup protection with five zones of phase and ground distance elements that include directional overcurrent elements for subcycle operation and security.

Thermal Overload Protection—Use the three independent IEC 60255-149 thermal elements to activate a control action, issue an alarm, or trip when equipment overheats as a result of adverse operating conditions. The SEL-2600 RTD Module can provide ambient temperature measurements.


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      EIA-232 front serial port is quick and convenient for system setup and local access

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      Front-panel display allows operators to control and view the status of disconnects and breakers

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      User-selectable mimic screens show the system configuration in one-line diagram format

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      Easy-to-use keypad aids simple navigation

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      Up to 24 programmable target LEDs with user-configurable labels alert operators in the substation to faulted phases, the relay’s status, and element operation

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      Programmable operator pushbuttons with user-configurable labels allow front-panel customization

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      Choose from a vertical or horizontal, panel-mount or rack-mount chassis and different size options

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      Choose either fiber or copper connections for one or two 87L communications channels

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      Communications protocols include FTP, Telnet, synchrophasors, DNP3 LAN/WAN, PRP,IEEE 1588 PTPv2,** and IEC 61850 Edition 2

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      Three EIA-232 serial ports for Mirrored Bits communications, SCADA, and engineering access provide flexibility to communicate with other devices and control systems. The ports include demodulated IRIG-B for precise-time input.

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      Six current and six voltage analog inputs support protection for substations with dual-breaker schemes

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      The power supply allows different options: 48–125 Vdc or 110–120 Vac, or 125–250 Vdc or 120–240 Vac



High-Speed, Secure Line Current Differential Protection
Differential elements provide subcycle operating times to improve system stability. Line charging current compensation provides an accurate response for long or short lines. Apply the proven Alpha Plane operating principle for reliable and secure operation. Multiterminal lines and transformers in the differential zone are protected. Communicate using either serial or Ethernet channels.

Multiterminal Protection With Fault Location
The line current differential protection provides high-speed protection for multiterminal lines, even with two breakers per terminal. Protect up to three terminals using serial communications or up to four terminals using Ethernet. In addition, the unique fault location algorithm uses information from all terminals to identify the faulted branch.

Reliable Distance Protection
Complete distance and directional elements provide standalone protection or backup protection in differential schemes in the event communications are lost. All the features of the SEL-421 Relay are included in addition to the differential protection.

Complete Reclosing System With Synchronism Check and High-Speed Breaker Failure Detection for Two Breakers
Dual CT and PT input logic and settings are included for control of two circuit breakers. Settable voltage inputs provide flexible operation. Open-pole detection in less than 5/8 of a cycle allows the use of shorter breaker failure margin times. Independent current inputs provide protection for two circuit breakers.

Synchrophasor Measurements to Increase Asset Utilization
Validate system load flow and fault models using instantaneous voltage angles. Use system-state measurements to increase stable system loading through reduced margin requirements. Use IEEE C37.118 format with 1–60 messages per second or SEL Fast Message format for interleaved communications. Apply direct relay-to-relay synchrophasors for wide-area-based control without additional devices.

True Digital Fault Recorder (DFR) Functionality
Use binary COMTRADE event reports sampled at 8 kHz directly from the relay without expensive auxiliary equipment.

Traveling-Wave Fault Location
Accurately pinpoint faults with time-synchronized traveling-wave fault location. Save time and money by sending maintenance crews to the tower nearest the fault.

Flexible Communications
An Ethernet card option provides two copper or fiber ports for communication with failover redundancy. Simplify Ethernet network topology and reduce external equipment with dual Ethernet ports that offer a switched mode for looped Ethernet networks. Available Ethernet communications protocols include FTP, Telnet, DNP3 LAN/WAN, the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol Version 2 (PTPv2), IEC 61850 Edition 2, IEEE C37.118 synchrophasors, and the Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP).

  • Subcycle distance and directional elements suitable for series-compensated lines
  • Traveling-wave fault location
  • Conformal-coated circuit boards
  • Ethernet ports:
    • Four Ethernet ports with selectable setting options for engineering access pair and 87L pair
  • IEC 61850 Edition 2 communications and IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol Version 2 (PTPv2)
  • Connectorized hardware configuration
  • Channel interface:
    • Isolated EIA-422
    • Isolated ITU-T G.703
    • 850 nm or 1,300 nm fiber, IEEE C37.94 encoding*
    • 1,300 nm single- or multimode fiber*
    • 1,550 nm single-mode fiber*
    • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
    • 100BASE-FX Ethernet
  • One or two channels.
  • 4U, 5U, or 6U chassis for up to three I/O boards
  • Vertical or horizontal, panel- or rack-mount hardware package
  • Inputs/outputs (settable or level-sensitive, optoisolated)

*Connect to an SEL-2600 RTD Module using a fiber-optic transceiver.

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Latest Firmware Versions

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Product Revision Firmware ID Date Available Serial Number
SEL-411L R126-V1 SEL-411L-R126-V1-Z016003-D20200527 6/11/20 ~1201630001
SEL-411L-1 R126-V1 SEL-411L-1-R126-V1-Z016003-D20200527 6/11/20 ~1201630001

The Firmware IDs for older versions of the firmware can typically be found in Appendix A of the instruction manual.

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