Saf Health Work.  2016 Jun;7(2):102-110. 10.1016/

Measurement and Modeling of Personal Exposure to the Electric and Magnetic Fields in the Vicinity of High Voltage Power Lines

  • 1Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Annaba, Annaba, Algeria.
  • 2Laboratory of Electrical Engineering LGEG, University of Guelma, Guelma, Algeria.


This work presents an experimental and modeling study of the electromagnetic environment in the vicinity of a high voltage substation located in eastern Algeria (Annaba city) specified with a very high population density. The effects of electromagnetic fields emanating from the coupled multi-lines high voltage power systems (MLHV) on the health of the workers and people living in proximity of substations has been analyzed.
Experimental Measurements for the Multi-lines power system proposed have been conducted in the free space under the high voltage lines. Field's intensities were measured using a referenced and calibrated electromagnetic field meter PMM8053B for the levels 0 m, 1 m, 1.5 m and 1.8 m witch present the sensitive's parts as organs and major functions (head, heart, pelvis and feet) of the human body.
The measurement results were validated by numerical simulation using the finite element method and these results are compared with the limit values of the international standards.
We project to set own national standards for exposure to electromagnetic fields, in order to achieve a regional database that will be at the disposal of partners concerned to ensure safety of people and mainly workers inside high voltage electrical substations.


electromagnetic compatibility; electromagnetic fields; human health; HV power lines; low frequency
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