We had a problem similar to
, where the APU generator was not coming online. Unlike the 757 issue which took a couple seconds to drop off, when the APU generator button was pushed on this aircraft....... instant disconnect.
We had two fault codes on the BPCU (Bus Power Control Unit).
Please excuse the shitty pictures.
DP is differential protection. The system senses a difference in amperage loads on the three wires. Either one is open (carrying no load) while the other two are good..... or one wire is shorted to ground, carrying a huge load compared to the others. This doesn't have to be just one wire either, two messed up wires will still cause a DP trip.
I really couldn't figure out the "Overlap Zone" from either the Fault Isolation Manual nor the Maintenance Manual. For the engine generators, there are current transformers labeled overlap, but I didn't see any for the APU.
For this problem we found the phase wires installed incorrectly on the generator itself.
To verify the correct wiring we took the three power leads off the generator and shot from the Generator Control Unit rack plug.
To isolate the system to just the three power feeder wires, some ground service breakers and the APU Generator voltage feed to EICAS breaker had to be pulled. The red "Bus Hot" light had to be removed from its socket also.
I'm still wondering just how they were hooked up before we corrected them. The generator control unit just wants to see A-B-C as far as the phases go. This one could have been A-C-B or B-A-C???