Knowledge Base

Distributed Computing Setup

On both machines Ensure you have the latest Simulator build installed.  It should be the same version on both machines. Use the RegSimAuto utility in the Simulator installation directory to ensure the correct version of Simulator is registered. On the remote machine Set up a user that will be used to run distributed computation.  This […]

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September 14, 2017

Play-in time series measurement data with PlayInGen model for Power Plant Model Validation (PPMV)

PlayIn models can be found in the Transient Stability add-on of Simulator. Many dynamic models comprise of differential-algebraic equations that respond to perturbations in a simulation. In contrast, these PlayIn models are used to input time-series data into a transient run at specified time points. In Simulator, a PlayIn Configuration object can be used to store […]

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February 8, 2017

Adding Voltage Compensation to a Generator Model

Generator Voltage Compensation The input signal to Exciter models is a voltage signal (often labeled as either Vc or Ec on a block diagram).  In the simplest form this is just the per unit voltage magnitude of the terminal bus of the generator.  However, sometimes instead of using that voltage signal directly, the voltage is compensated by attempting to control […]

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October 19, 2016

EMP Simulation Example

PowerWorld Simulator version 20 includes the ability to analyze the E3 effects of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) attack on the power system. Algorithms are based on public Oak Ridge National Laboratory research. To perform a sample analysis: Download this file. Extract the contents and open TX2000.pwb with PowerWorld Simulator (version 20 or higher). Open the […]

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June 24, 2016

Complete Case Auxiliary File Export Format Descriptions

PowerWorld’s Auxiliary File Format is very flexible in providing a mechanism for saving model information from PowerWorld Simulator.  It also provides a great way to share information with others.  This flexibility however has some downsides as puts additional burden on the user to know which things to save.  Many tools within PowerWorld Simulator overcome this by including […]

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May 13, 2016

Using Special Variables with Scripts or SimAuto

Some Simulator functions cause special variables to be created for storing results. The multiple element TLR sensitivity is a common example. Special variables are used to hold the sensitivities of flows on those multiple elements with respect to injections at various points. The number of special variables in use depends on the number of branches […]

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February 1, 2016

Using Contingency Categories for monitoring of different voltage deviation limits for different contingencies

Previous knowledge base articles have covered both Monitoring voltages for Post Contingency Voltage Drop Criteria Monitoring which covered how to monitor all buses in the system for a particular voltage drop. How to specify different Voltage Deviation Limits for different buses in Contingency Analysis which did a similar thing but allowed the criteria to be […]

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September 30, 2015

GIC and Geographic Data View

Simulator’s Geographic Data View feature is uniquely suited for visualizing geomagnetically induced current (GIC) flows over a wide area. In the graphic below, each substation is depicted by a colored circle. The size of the circle is proportional to the GIC flowing through the neutral, while the color indicated whether GIC is flowing into or […]

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August 18, 2015

Assigning Costs to Control Adjustments in OPF

Download the example files. Simulator’s Optimal Power Flow (OPF) has 2 options for objective functions: Minimum Cost or Minimum Control Change. Generally Minimum Cost is used where generator bids or costs and load benefits are known. Minimum Control Change is used where it is desirable to relieve transmission overloads with minimum deviation from the present […]

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March 2, 2015

Optimal Power Flow with Load Dispatch

Download the example files. These examples show how Simulator’s Optimal Power Flow (OPF) may be used with dispatchable loads to relive transmission overloading. First, the OPF may be used with the minimum control change objective function. Here, the “cost” of changing a control (generator or load output) is the same for each MW of change […]

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January 5, 2015

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