In this section you
Learn how to simulate a three-phase power system containing electrical machines and other three-phase models
Perform a load flow study and initialize machines to start simulation in steady state by using the Machine Initialization and Load Flow tools (positive-sequence load flow and unbalanced load flow) of the powergui block.
Simulate the power system and observe its dynamic performance by using and comparing results of the Continuous and Phasor Simscape™ Power Systems™ Specialized Technology simulation types.
You now use three types of machines of the Electrical Machines library: simplified synchronous machine, detailed synchronous machine, and asynchronous machine. You interconnect these machines with linear and nonlinear elements such as transformers, loads, and breakers to study the transient stability of an uninterruptible power supply using a diesel generator.
The two-machine system shown in this single line diagram is this section's main example:
Diesel Generator and Asynchronous Motor on Distribution Network
This system consists of a plant (bus B2), simulated by a 1 MW resistive load and a motor load (ASM) fed at 2400 V from a distribution 25 kV system through a 6 MVA, 25/2.4 kV transformer, and from an emergency synchronous generator/diesel engine unit (SM).
The 25 kV system is modeled by a simple R-L equivalent source (short-circuit level 1000 MVA, quality factor X/R = 10) and a 5 MW load. The asynchronous motor is rated 2250 HP, 2.4 kV, and the synchronous machine is rated 3.125 MVA, 2.4 kV.
Initially, the motor develops a mechanical power of 2000 HP and the diesel generator is in standby, delivering no active power. The synchronous machine therefore operates as a synchronous condenser generating only the reactive power required to regulate the 2400 V bus B2 voltage at 1.0 pu. At t = 0.1 s, a three-phase to ground fault occurs on the 25 kV system, causing the opening of the 25 kV circuit breaker at t = 0.2 s, and a sudden increase of the generator loading. During the transient period following the fault and islanding of the motor-generator system, the synchronous machine excitation system and the diesel speed governor react to maintain the voltage and speed at a constant value.
This system is modeled in the power_machines
example.
The SM parameters as well as the diesel engine and governor models were taken from reference [1].
If you simulate this system for the first time, you normally do not know what the initial conditions are for the SM and ASM to start in steady state.
These initial conditions are
SM block: Initial values of speed deviation (usually 0%), rotor angle, magnitudes and phases of currents in stator windings, and initial field voltage required to obtain the desired terminal voltage under the specified load flow
ASM block: Initial values of slip, rotor angle, magnitudes and phases of currents in stator windings
Open the dialog box of the Synchronous Machine and Asynchronous
Machine blocks. All initial conditions should be set at 0
,
except for the initial SM field voltage and ASM slip, which are set
at 1 pu
. Open the three scopes monitoring the SM
and ASM signals as well as the bus B2 voltage. Start the simulation
and observe the first 100 ms before fault is applied.
As the simulation starts, note that the three ASM currents start from zero and contain a slowly decaying DC component. The machine speeds take a much longer time to stabilize because of the inertia of the motor/load and diesel/generator systems. In our example, the ASM even starts to rotate in the wrong direction because the motor starting torque is lower than the applied load torque. Stop the simulation.
[1] Yeager K.E. and Willis J.R. "Modeling of Emergency Diesel Generators in an 800 Megawatt Nuclear Power Plant." IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. Vol.8, No.3, September 1993.
To start the simulation in steady state with sinusoidal currents and constant speeds, all the machine states must be initialized properly. This is a difficult task to perform manually, even for a simple system. In the next section you learn how to use the Machine Initialization tool of the powergui block to initialize the machines.
In the Tools tab of the powergui block dialog box click the Machine Initialization button. A new window appears. The upper-right window displays a list of the machines appearing in your system.
Select SM 3.125 MVA
in
the machine list. The Bus Type parameter should
already be initialized as P & V generator
,
indicating that the machine is controlling its active power and terminal
voltage. For more info on the meaning of the Bus type parameter
see Load Flow Tool.
Check that the desired Terminal Voltage UAB is initialized at the nominal machine voltage (2400 Vrms).
Set the Active Power to zero. The synchronous machine therefore absorbs or generates reactive power only to keep terminal voltage at 1 pu.
Select ASM 2250 HP
in
the machine list. The only parameter that needs to be set is the Mechanical
power developed by the motor. Enter 1.492e6
(2000
HP = 2000*746 watts).
Click the Compute and Apply button. The three phasors of line-to-line machine voltages, as well as currents, are updated as shown on the next figure. Values are displayed both in SI units (volts RMS or amperes RMS) and in pu.
The Machine info section displays the SM active and reactive powers, mechanical power, and field voltage, the ASM active and reactive powers absorbed by the motor, slip, and torque.
Close the Machine Initialization tool.
Open the SM and ASM block dialogs and see that the initial conditions have been updated. Note that the ASM torque value (7964 N.m) has been entered in the Constant block connected at the ASM torque input.
Double-click the Diesel Engine Governor block.
The initial mechanical power is set to 0.0002701
pu.
Open the Excitation block. Double-click
the AC1A Excitation System block and select the Initial
Values tab. The initial terminal voltage and field voltage
are set to 1.0
pu and 1.427
pu,
respectively.
The Machine Initialization tool also initializes the Constant blocks connected at the reference inputs (wref and vref) of the Governor and Excitation blocks, as well as the Constant block connected at the load torque input (Tm) of the Asynchronous Machine block.
Start the simulation. Open the three scopes displaying the internal signals of synchronous and asynchronous machines and phase A voltage. The simulation starts in steady state.
Note: To initialize machines, you can use the Load Flow tool instead of the Machine Initialization tool. The Load Flow tool allows you to display a more detailed load flow solution. |
The Load Flow tool of the powergui block uses the Newton-Raphson method and comes with a user interface that allows you to display load flow solution at all buses.
Simscape Power Systems allows you to perform two types of load flows:
Positive-sequence load flow applied to a three-phase system. Positive-sequence voltages as well as active power (P) and reactive power (Q) flows are computed at each three-phase bus.
Unbalanced load flow applied to a mix of three-phase, two-phase, and single-phase systems. Individual phase voltage and PQ flow are computed for each phase.
For more information, see power_loadflow
.
To solve a load flow, you need to determine these four quantities at each three-phase or single-phase bus:
The net active power P and reactive power Q injected into the bus
The voltage magnitude V and angle Vangle of bus positive-sequence voltage (positive-sequence voltage or phase voltage)
It is important that you understand the three bus types that are used by the Load Flow tool to solve a load flow. Before solving the load flow, two of the above quantities are known at every bus and the other two are to be determined. Therefore, the following bus types are used:
PV bus—For this type of bus, specify P
and V
.
This is the generation bus where a generator such as a voltage source
or three-phase synchronous machine is connected. Active power P
is
generated and generator terminal voltage V
is imposed.
The load flow solution returns the machine reactive power Q
,
required to maintain the reference voltage magnitude V
,
and the reference voltage angle Vangle
.
PQ bus—At this bus, specified active power P
and
reactive power Q
are either injected into the bus
(generation PQ bus) or absorbed by a load connected at that bus. The
load flow solution returns bus voltage magnitude V
and
angle Vangle
.
Swing bus—This bus imposes voltage magnitude V
and
angle Vangle
. The load flow solution returns the
active power P
and reactive power Q
,
generated or absorbed at that bus in order to balance generated power,
loads, and losses. At least one bus in the model must be defined as
a swing bus, but usually a single swing bus is required unless you
have isolated networks. Normally for a positive-sequence load flow,
you select one synchronous machine or voltage source as a swing bus.
For an unbalanced load flow, you can select the three phases of a Three-Phase
Voltage Source block or single-phase AC Voltage Source blocks
as swing buses.
To perform a load flow analysis and initialize your model so that it starts in steady state:
Define the model buses using Load Flow Bus blocks.
Specify the load flow parameters of all blocks having load flow parameters. These blocks are referred to as load flow blocks.
Solve the load flow and, eventually, interactively modify the load flow parameters until a satisfactory solution is obtained.
Save the load flow parameters and machine initial conditions in the model.
The load flow blocks and the Load Flow Bus block are described in the next sections.
Load flow blocks are Simscape Power Systems blocks in which you can specify active power (P) and reactive power (Q) to solve the positive-sequence load flow. They are:
Asynchronous Machine
Simplified Synchronous Machine
Synchronous Machine
Three-Phase Dynamic Load
Three-Phase Parallel RLC Load
Three-Phase Series RLC Load
Three-Phase Programmable Voltage Source
Three-Phase Source
You specify P and Q in the Load Flow tab of the block dialog boxes.
Load Flow Parameters of Three-Phase Sources and Synchronous Machines. The Three-Phase Sources and Synchronous Machine blocks allow control of their generated or absorbed powers P and Q and their positive-sequence terminal voltage. You can specify the generator bus type as swing, PV, or PQ.
Load Flow Parameters of Asynchronous Machine Blocks. The Asynchronous Machine block requires specification
of the mechanical power Pmec
at the machine shaft.
Load Flow Parameters of the RLC Load Blocks. You can specify the Three Phase RLC Load blocks as constant impedance (Z), constant PQ power, or constant current (I).
Load Flow Parameters of Dynamic Load Blocks. The Three-Phase Dynamic Load block dialog box
does not have a Load Flow tab. The load is always
considered as a constant PQ load. P and Q are the initial active and
reactive power Po
, Qo
that you
specify by using the Active and reactive power at initial
voltage parameter. The Initial positive-sequence
voltage Vo parameter (Mag and Phase) updates according
to the load flow solution.
Load flow blocks are Simscape Power Systems blocks in which you can specify active power (P) and reactive power (Q) to solve the load flow at each phase of every bus. They are:
AC Voltage Source
Asynchronous Machine
Parallel RLC Load
Series RLC Load
Synchronous Machine
Three-Phase Dynamic Load
Three-Phase Parallel RLC Load
Three-Phase Series RLC Load
Three-Phase Source
You specify P and Q in the Load Flow tab of the block dialog boxes.
Load Flow Parameters of Single-Phase and Three-Phase Sources. The single-phase AC Voltage Source block allows control of its generated or absorbed powers P and Q and its terminal voltage. The Three-Phase Source block allows control of generated or absorbed powers P and Q and terminal voltages for each phase (phase A, B, and C). For these two blocks, you can specify the generator type as swing, PV, or PQ.
Load Flow Parameters of Synchronous Machine. The Three-Phase Synchronous Machine block allows control of its generated or absorbed powers P and Q (total of phases A, B, and C) and its positive-sequence terminal voltage. You can specify the generator type as PV or PQ.
Load Flow Parameters of Asynchronous Machine Blocks. The Asynchronous Machine block requires specification of the mechanical power Pmec developed in positive-sequence at the machine shaft.
Load Flow Parameters of the RLC Load Blocks. You can specify the single-phase and three-phase RLC Load blocks as constant impedance (Z), constant PQ power, or constant current (I). You can connect single-phase loads phase-to-ground or phase-to-phase. You can connect three-phase loads connected in Wye (grounded or floating) or delta.
Load Flow Parameters of Dynamic Load Blocks. The Three-Phase Dynamic Load block dialog box
does not have a Load Flow tab. The load is always
considered as a constant PQ load. P and Q are the initial active and
reactive power Po
, Qo
that you
specify by using the Active and reactive power at initial
voltage parameter. The Initial positive-sequence
voltage Vo parameter (Mag and Phase) updates according
to the load flow solution.
Use the Load Flow Bus block to define the buses in your model.
If you perform a positive-sequence load flow, you connect a Load
Flow Bus block with the Connectors parameter
specified as single
to any phase (A, B,
or C) of every load flow block in the model. When several load flow
blocks are connected together at the same nodes, only one Load
Flow Bus block is required to identify the bus.
If you perform an unbalanced load flow, you connect a Load Flow Bus block to all phases of every load flow block in the model. Depending on the number of phases, you need to specify the appropriate Connectors parameter by selecting either three connectors (ABC), two connectors (AB, AC, or BC) or a single connector (A, B, or C). When several load flow blocks are connected together at the same nodes, only one Load Flow Bus block is required to identify the bus. In the load flow report, each bus is identified by its Bus identification parameter followed by _a, _b, or _c.
These examples show the use of load flow blocks and Load Flow Bus blocks:
power_LFnetwork_5bus
shows a positive-sequence
load flow on a five-bus system.
power_13nodeTestFeeder
shows an
unbalanced load flow on a 13-bus system (mix of three-phase, two-phase,
and single-phase buses).
In the Command window, type power_LFnetwork_5bus
to
access a model containing five Load Flow Bus blocks
and six load flow blocks.
The Load Flow Bus blocks are shown in orange and the load flow blocks are shown in yellow.
The Load Flow Bus blocks specify the bus base voltages (nominal phase-to-phase rms voltage). They also specify the voltage at PV buses or the voltage and angle of the swing buses. Once the load flow is solved, the Load Flow Bus block displays the bus positive-sequence voltage magnitude and phase angle as block annotations.
The bus type (PV, PQ, or swing) is determined by the load flow blocks connected to the bus. If you have several load flow blocks with different types (specified in the Generator type parameter or in the Load type parameter) connected to the same bus, the Load Flow tool determines the resulting bus type (swing, PQ, or PV).
In the power_LFnetwork_5bus
example, the
bus types are determined as follows:
Bus | Load Flow Blocks | Resulting Bus Type |
---|---|---|
| 120 kV Three-Phase Source | swing (Specify voltage and angle in the B120 Load Flow Bus block.) |
| 13.8 kV 150 MVA Synchronous Machine 3 MW 2 Mvar RLC Load | PV (Specify voltage in the B13.8 Load Flow Bus block.) |
| 10 MW, 3 Mvar Dynamic Load | PQ |
| No load flow block | PQ |
| Asynchronous generator 9 MW | PQ (Constant Z load is included in the Ybus admittance matrix.) |
Some restrictions apply when you connect several source blocks and synchronous machines at the same bus:
Two swing generators cannot be connected in parallel.
A swing generator cannot be connected in parallel with a PV ideal voltage source.
When a swing voltage source with RL impedance is connected to a PV generator, the swing bus is automatically moved to the ideal voltage source connection node, behind the RL source impedance.
Only one PV generator with finite Q limits can be connected at a generation bus. However, you may have other PQ generators and loads connected on the same bus.
For more information on how to use the Load Flow Bus block in your model, see the Load Flow Bus block reference page.
Once you have entered the load flow parameters in the Load
Flow Bus blocks and in the various load flow blocks, open
the load flow tool by clicking the Load Flow button
of the powergui block. The tool displays a summary
of the load flow data of the model. The table below shows the data
found in the power_LFnetwork_5bus
model.
Note that the table contains seven lines, whereas there are only six load flow blocks in the model. This is because the bus B25_2 is not connected to any load flow block. Line 5 is added in the table for that particular bus, so that you can see all buses listed together with their bus voltages. This bus will be considered in the load flow analysis as a PQ bus with zero P and Q.
The first column identifies the block type. The second column displays the bus type of the load flow blocks. The following four columns give the bus identification label, the bus base voltage, the reference voltage (in pu of base voltage) and the voltage angle of the load flow bus where the block is connected. The following columns are the P and Q values specified in the Load Flow tab of the blocks.
The last five columns display the current load flow solution, as well as the full block name of the load flow block. For now, the load flow has not yet been performed and the columns display zero values.
The load flow parameters in the Preferences tab
of the Powergui are used to build the Ybus network admittance matrix
and to solve the load flow. The base power is used to specify units
of the normalized Ybus matrix in pu/Pbase and bus base voltages. The power_LFnetwork_5bus
model
contains five buses; consequently, the Ybus matrix will be a 5x5 complex
matrix evaluated at the frequency specified by the Frequency
(Hz) parameter.
The load flow algorithm uses an iterative solution based on the Newton-Raphson method. The Max iterations parameter defines the maximum number of iterations. The load flow algorithm will iterate until the P and Q mismatch at each bus is lower than the PQ tolerance parameter (in pu/Pbase). The power mismatch is defined as the difference between the net power injected into the bus by generators and PQ loads and the power transmitted on all links leaving that bus.
To avoid a badly conditioned Ybus matrix, you should select the Base power parameter value in the range of nominal powers and loads connected to the network. For a transmission network with voltages ranging from 120 kV to 765 kV, a 100 MVA base is usually selected. For a distribution network or for a small plant consisting of generators, motors, and loads having a nominal power in the range of hundreds of kilowatts, a 1 MVA power base is better adapted.
To solve the load flow, click the Compute button. The load flow solution is then displayed in the last five columns of the table.
To display the load flow report showing power flowing at each bus, click the Report button. You can also save this report in a file by specifying the file name at the prompt.
The report starts with displaying the summary of active and reactive powers, showing total PQ sharing between generators (SM and Vsrc type blocks), PQ loads (PQ type RLC loads and DYN loads), shunt constant Z loads (Z type RLC loads and magnetizing branches of transformers) and asynchronous machine loads (ASM):
The Load Flow converged in 2 iterations ! SUMMARY for subnetwork No 1 Total generation : P= 5.61 MW Q= 25.51 Mvar Total PQ load : P= 13.00 MW Q= 5.00 Mvar Total Zshunt load : P= 0.68 MW Q= -0.51 Mvar Total ASM load : P= -8.90 MW Q= 4.38 Mvar Total losses : P= 0.83 MW Q= 16.64 Mvar
The Total losses
line represents the difference
between generation and loads (PQ type + Z type +ASM). It therefore
represents series losses. After this summary, a voltage and power
report is presented for each bus:
1 : B120 V= 1.020 pu/120kV 0.00 deg ; Swing bus Generation : P= -114.39 MW Q= 62.76 Mvar PQ_load : P= 0.00 MW Q= 0.00 Mvar Z_shunt : P= 0.25 MW Q= 0.23 Mvar --> B13.8 : P= -116.47 MW Q= 53.89 Mvar --> B25_1 : P= 1.84 MW Q= 8.63 Mvar 2 : B13.8 V= 0.980 pu/13.8kV -23.81 deg Generation : P= 120.00 MW Q= -37.25 Mvar PQ_load : P= 3.00 MW Q= 2.00 Mvar Z_shunt : P= 0.17 MW Q= 0.17 Mvar --> B120 : P= 116.83 MW Q= -39.42 Mvar 3 : B25_1 V= 0.998 pu/25kV -30.22 deg Generation : P= 0.00 MW Q= 0.00 Mvar PQ_load : P= 10.00 MW Q= 3.00 Mvar Z_shunt : P= 0.25 MW Q= 0.21 Mvar --> B120 : P= -1.83 MW Q= -8.44 Mvar --> B25_2 : P= -8.41 MW Q= 5.23 Mvar 4 : B25_2 V= 0.967 pu/25kV -20.85 deg Generation : P= 0.00 MW Q= 0.00 Mvar PQ_load : P= -0.00 MW Q= -0.00 Mvar Z_shunt : P= 0.01 MW Q= -0.03 Mvar --> B25_1 : P= 8.87 MW Q= -3.67 Mvar --> B575 : P= -8.88 MW Q= 3.70 Mvar 5 : B575 V= 0.953 pu/0.575kV -18.51 deg Generation : P= 0.00 MW Q= 0.00 Mvar PQ_load : P= -0.00 MW Q= -0.00 Mvar Z_shunt : P= 0.01 MW Q= -1.09 Mvar --> ASM : P= -8.90 MW Q= 4.38 Mvar --> B25_2 : P= 8.89 MW Q= -3.29 Mvar
For every bus, the bus voltage and angle are listed on the first line. The next 3 lines give the PQ generated at the bus (all SM and voltage sources), the PQ absorbed by the PQ type loads, and the PQ absorbed by the Z type loads.
The last lines, preceded by an arrow (-->
),
list the PQ transmitted to neighbor buses connected through lines,
series impedances, and transformers, as well power absorbed by ASM.
When performing a load flow analysis, you may need to iterate on P, Q, V values until you find satisfactory voltages at all buses. This may require, for example, changing generated power, load powers, or reactive shunt compensation.
To change the load flow setup, you need to edit the parameters of the load flow blocks and of the Load Flow Bus blocks. Then click the Update button to refresh the load flow data displayed by the table. The previous load flow solution is then deleted from the table. Click the Compute button to obtain a new load flow solution corresponding to the changes you made.
Once you have obtained a satisfactory load flow, you need to update the model initial conditions according to the load flow solution. Click the Apply to Model button to initialize the machine blocks of the model, as well as the initial conditions of regulators connected to the machines.
Open the Three-Phase Parallel RLC Load block
connected at the B13.8 bus. As the Load type specified
in the Load Flow tab is constant PQ, the nominal
voltage of this block has been changed to the corresponding bus voltage
of 0.98 pu. The Nominal phase-phase voltage parameter
is set to (13800)*0.98
.
Open the Three-Phase Dynamic Load block connected
at the B25_1bus. The Initial positive-sequence voltage Vo is
set to [0.998241 pu -30.2228 deg]
.
Note that the voltage magnitudes and angles obtained at each bus have been written as block annotations under the Load Flow Bus blocks.
Open the scope and start the simulation.
The Three-Phase Fault block has been programmed to apply a six-cycle fault at B120 bus.
Observe waveforms of SM active power, SM and ASM speeds, and PQ of DYN load, and notice that simulation starts in steady state.
At the command prompt, enter power_13NodeTestFeeder to open a model containing 12 Load Flow Bus blocks and 13 load flow blocks. This model is a benchmark network taken from the "Radial Distribution Test Feeder" Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee Report, Power Engineering Society, pages 908–912, 2001.
The original benchmark system contains 13 nodes. However, as the power_13NodeTestFeeder model does not include the regulating transformer, it contains only 12 nodes.
The Load Flow Bus blocks are shown in orange and the Load Flow blocks are shown in yellow.
The Load Flow Bus blocks specify the bus base voltages (nominal phase-to-ground rms voltage). They specify the voltage at PV buses or the voltage and angle of the swing buses. Once the load flow is solved, the Load Flow Bus block displays the bus voltage magnitude and phase angle as block annotations.
Note: By default the block annotations are set in the Block Annotation tab of the Load Flow Bus block properties to display the phase A magnitude (<VLF> parameter) and the phase A angle (<angleLF> parameter). To display phase B magnitude and angle, specify <VLFb> and <angleLFb>, respectively. To display phase C magnitude and angle, specify <VLFc> and <angleLFc>, respectively. You can also delete some block annotations. In the |
The bus type (PV, PQ, or swing) is determined by the load flow blocks connected to the bus. If you have several load flow blocks with different types (specified in the Generator type parameter or in the Load type parameter) connected to the same bus, the Load Flow tool determines the resulting bus type (swing, PQ, or PV). The table shows how the bus types are determined for some of the model buses of the power_13NodeTestFeeder example.
Bus | Load Flow Blocks | Resulting Bus Type |
---|---|---|
| 4160 V swing | 632_a=swing V=1.0210 pu -2.49 deg. (Voltages and angles are specified in the ‘632' Load Flow Bus block) |
| No load flow block | PQ |
| 634 Yg PQ load block | PQ |
| 646_Z load block | PQ (Constant Z loads are included in the Ybus admittance matrix.) |
| 675 Yg PQ load 675 Yg Z load | PQ (Constant Z loads are included in the Ybus admittance matrix.) |
Some restrictions apply when you have several source blocks and synchronous machines connected to the same load flow bus:
You cannot connect two swing generators in parallel.
You cannot connect a swing generator in parallel with a PV ideal voltage source
You can connect only one PV generator with finite Q limits at a generation bus. However, you can have other PQ generators and loads connected on the same bus.
For more information on how to use the Load Flow Bus block in your model, see Load Flow Bus block.
Open the Load Flow Tool to Perform Load Flow Analysis. Open the Load Flow tool by clicking the Load Flow button in the powergui block. The tool displays a list of the individual single-phase buses (one bus per phase) found in the power_13NodeTestFeeder model. In the Load Flow tool, the load flow has not yet been performed, and the V_LF and Vangle_LF columns display zero values.
The load flow parameters in the Preferences tab
of the Powergui are used to build the Ybus network admittance matrix
and to solve the load flow. The base power is used to specify units
of the normalized Ybus matrix in pu/Pbase and bus base voltages. The power_13NodeTestFeeder
model
contains 29 single phase buses; consequently, the Ybus matrix is a
29x29 complex matrix evaluated at the frequency specified by the Frequency
(Hz) parameter.
The load flow algorithm uses an iterative solution based on the Newton-Raphson method. The Max iterations parameter defines the maximum number of iterations. The load flow algorithm iterates until the P and Q mismatch at each bus is lower than the PQ tolerance parameter (in pu/Pbase). The power mismatch is defined as the difference between the net power injected into the bus by generators and PQ loads and the power transmitted on all links leaving that bus.
To avoid a badly conditioned Ybus matrix, select the Base power parameter value in the range of nominal powers and loads connected to the network. For a transmission network with voltages ranging from 120 kV to 765 kV, a 100 MVA base is usually selected. For a distribution network with loads having a nominal power in the range of tens to hundreds of kVA, a 100 kVA to 1 MVA power base is better adapted.
To solve the load flow, click Compute. The bus voltages and angles then appear in the V_LF and Vangle_LF columns of the table.
To display the load flow report showing the power flow at each bus, click Report. You can also save this report in a file by specifying the file name at the prompt.
The report starts with displaying the summary of active and reactive powers, showing total PQ sharing between generators (SM- and Vsrc-type blocks), PQ loads (PQ-type RLC loads, dynamic loads, and asynchronous machine loads), shunt constant Z loads (Z-type RLC loads and magnetizing branches of transformers):
SUMMARY for subnetwork No 1 Total generation : P= 3518.74 kW Q= 1540.14 kvar Total PQ load : P= 3101.90 kW Q= 1880.42 kvar Total Zshunt load : P= 363.47 kW Q= -479.42 kvar Total losses : P= 53.36 kW Q= 139.14 kvar
The Total losses
line represents the difference
between generation and loads (PQ type + Zshunt type). It therefore
represents series losses. After this summary, a voltage and power
report appears for each bus.For each phase of every bus, the bus voltage
and angle are listed on the first line. The next three lines give
the PQ generated at the bus (all SM and voltage sources), the PQ absorbed
by the PQ type loads, and the PQ absorbed by the Z-type loads. The
last lines, preceded by an arrow (–>), list the PQ power
transmitted on all links leaving that bus.
The last column gives the positive-sequence bus voltage V1 (magnitude and angle, for three-phase buses only) and the sum of PQ powers for all phases (PQ generated by sources, PQ absorbed by loads, and PQ transmitted through transformers, lines, and series impedances). For example, you can verify that the total PQ load absorbed at bus 634 (P = 400 kW Q = 290 kvar) corresponds to the sum of active and reactive powers specified for phases A, B, and C in the load block.
Apply the Load Flow Solution to Your Model. When performing a load flow analysis, you might need to try different P, Q, and V values until you find satisfactory voltages at all buses. This can require, for example, changing generated power, load powers, or reactive shunt compensation.
To change the load flow setup, you need to edit the parameters of the load flow blocks and of the Load Flow Bus blocks. Then, click Update to refresh the load flow data displayed by the table. Click Compute to get a new load flow solution corresponding to the changes you made.
Once you have a satisfactory load flow, you need to update the model initial conditions according to the load flow solution. Click Apply to Model to initialize the PQ-type load blocks, the source block internal voltages, the machine blocks, as well as the initial conditions of associated regulators.
Open the Three-Phase Series RLC Load block connected
at bus 632. As the Load type specified in the Load
Flow tab is constant PQ, the vector of Nominal
phase-to-neutral voltages [Va Vb Vc] of this block has
been changed to the corresponding bus voltages [1.021 1.042
1.0174]*2401.78
Vrms . Open the Three-Phase Source block
connected at bus 632. The Line-to neutral voltages [Va Vb
Vc] parameter is also set to [1.021 1.042 1.0174]*2401.78
Vrms.
Open the Power Flow Results subsystem and start the simulation.
Observe voltage magnitudes and PQ powers on various Display blocks. These values correspond to values displayed in the load flow report.
As an alternative to using the Load Flow tool interface to perform
a load flow, you can use the tool at the command line. For example,
to perform the positive-sequence load flow on the power_LFnetwork_5bus
model,
enter:
LF = power_loadflow('-v2','power_LFnetwork_5bus','solve')
LF = model: 'power_LFnetwork_5bus' frequency: 60 basePower: 100000000 tolerance: 0.0001 Ybus1: [5x5 double] bus: [1x7 struct] sm: [1x1 struct] asm: [1x1 struct] vsrc: [1x1 struct] pqload: [1x1 struct] rlcload: [1x2 struct] Networks: [1x1 struct] status: 1 iterations: 2 error: '' LoadFlowSolver: 'PositiveSequence'
The power_loadflow
function returns the
solution in the LF structure, and the model is initialized to start
in steady state. You can obtain a detailed load flow report by entering:
LF = power_loadflow('-v2','power_LFnetwork_5bus','solve','report');
The function prompts you to save the report in a file that is displayed in the MATLAB^{®} editor.
You can use the same command to perform an unbalanced load
flow on the power_13NodeTestFeeder
model:
LF = power_loadflow('-v2','power_13NodeTestFeeder','solve')
LF = model: 'power_13NodeTestFeeder' frequency: 60 basePower: 100000 tolerance: 0.0001 Ybus: [29x29 double] bus: [1x29 struct] sm: [1x1 struct] asm: [1x1 struct] vsrc: [1x1 struct] pqload: [1x1 struct] rlcload: [1x1 struct] Networks: [1x1 struct] status: 1 iterations: 3 error: '' LoadFlowSolver: 'Unbalanced'
For more information on how to use the power_loadflow
function
in your code and for detailed information on the LF structure, see power_loadflow
.
Up to now, you have simulated a relatively simple power system consisting of a maximum of three machines. If you increase complexity of your network by adding extra lines, loads, transformers, and machines, the required simulation time becomes longer and longer. Moreover, if you are interested in slow electromechanical oscillation modes (typically between 0.02 Hz and 2 Hz on large systems) you might have to simulate for several tens of seconds, implying simulation times of minutes and even hours. The conventional continuous or discrete solution method is therefore not practical for stability studies involving low-frequency oscillation modes. To allow such studies, you have to use the phasor technique (see Introducing the Phasor Simulation Method).
For a stability study, we are not interested in the fast oscillation
modes resulting from the interaction of linear R, L, C elements and
distributed parameter lines. These oscillation modes, which are usually
located above the fundamental frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz, do not
interfere with the slow machine modes and regulator time constants.
In the phasor solution method, these fast modes are ignored by replacing
the network's differential equations by a set of algebraic equations.
The state-space model of the network is therefore replaced by a transfer
function evaluated at the fundamental frequency and relating inputs
(current injected by machines into the network) and outputs (voltages
at machine terminals). The phasor solution method uses a reduced state-space
model consisting of slow states of machines, turbines, and regulators,
thus dramatically reducing the required simulation time. Continuous
variable-step solvers are very efficient in solving this type of problem.
Recommended solver is ode23tb
with a maximum time
step of one cycle of the fundamental frequency (1/60 s or 1/50 s).
Now apply the phasor solution method to the two-machine system
you have just simulated with the conventional method. Open the power_machines
example.
In the powergui block, set Simulation
type to Phasor
. Specify the
fundamental frequency used to solve the algebraic network equations.
Enter 60
in the Frequency field.
Note that the words Phasor 60 Hz
now appear on
the Powergui icon, indicating that this new method is used to simulate
your circuit. To start the simulation in steady state, you must first
repeat the machine initialization procedure explained in the previous
section, Machine Initialization Tool.
In the Configuration Parameters dialog
box, specify a Max step size of 1/60
s
(one cycle) and start the simulation.
Observe that simulation is now much faster. The results compare well with those obtained with the continuous mode simulation. A comparison of synchronous machine and asynchronous machine signals is shown below.
Comparison of Results for Continuous and Phasor Simulation Methods
The phasor solution method is illustrated on more complex networks presented as the following examples:
Transient stability of two machines with power system
stabilizers (PSS) and a static var compensator (SVC) (power_svc_pss
model)
Performance of three power system stabilizers for
interarea oscillations (power_PSS
model)
The first example illustrates the impact of PSS and use of a SVC to stabilize a two-machine system. The second example compares the performance of three different types of power system stabilizers on a four-machine, two-area system.
The phasor solution method is also used for FACTS models available
in the factslib
library. See the case studies Improve Transient Stability Using SVC and PSS and Control Power Flow Using UPFC and PST.