The design of an electric fence fault-finder : a thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in Computer Systems Engineering at Massey University, Albany, New Zealand
Electrified fencing is commonly used throughout the world to control
animals with smaller and cheaper fence constructions than would
otherwise be necessary with non-electrified wires. Typical installations
have a long wire or wires starting from an electric fence energiser and
then surrounding fields in various complex configurations. Faults on
electric fences can be difficult to locate, with the average fence using
tens of kilometres of wire.
Basic fault-finding tools allow an operator to read the peak fence
voltage, requiring the user to decide whether a fault is present and to
randomly search for the source of the problem. The focus of this thesis
is to develop a device that reduces the time to locate faults on a fence
by providing more information about the location and nature of a fault,
and will point in the direction of the fault.