Controlling current and voltage type interfaces in power-hardware-in-the-loop simulations

Dargahi, Mahdi, Ghosh, Arindam, Davari, Pooya, & Ledwich, Gerard (2014) Controlling current and voltage type interfaces in power-hardware-in-the-loop simulations. IET Power Electronics, 7(10), pp. 2618-2627.

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The usual practice to study a large power system is through digital computer simulation. However, the impact of large scale use of small distributed generators on a power network cannot be evaluated strictly by simulation since many of these components cannot be accurately modelled. Moreover, the network complexity makes the task of practical testing on a physical network nearly impossible. This study discusses the paradigm of interfacing a real-time simulation of a power system to real-life hardware devices. This type of splitting a network into two parts and running a real-time simulation with a physical system in parallel is usually termed as power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) simulation. The hardware part is driven by a voltage source converter that amplifies the signals of the simulator. In this paper, the effects of suitable control strategy on the performance of PHIL and the associated stability aspects are analysed in detail. The analyses are validated through several experimental tests using an real-time digital simulator.

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ID Code: 74135
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Power distribution control, Real-time systems, Digitial simulation, Amplification, Power system simulation, Voltage control, Power converters, Electric current control
DOI: 10.1049/iet-pel.2013.0848
ISSN: 1755-4543
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2014 22:19
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2014 21:29

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