Knowledge Base

GIC Modeling Data Requirements

Some general guides for substation and transformer inputs needed for GMD analysis may be found in the following links, with some specifics as they pertain to PowerWorld Simulator: A spreadsheet template (updated 2/14/2017) which describes the input data for substations and transformers needed to perform GIC analysis. (These are inputs that do not occur in FERC […]

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February 14, 2014

D-FACTS Quick-Start Tutorial

Distributed Flexible AC Transmission System (D-FACTS) devices or “smart wires” change the effective line impedance of the transmission line on which they are installed.  The Knowledge Base Article is a quick-start tutorial that introduces D-FACTS devices and how to use them in PowerWorld Simulator.  This is a short hands-on training session with slides and sample cases. […]

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January 15, 2014

Comparing Contingency Results

The Knowledge Base Article will cover how to take several contingency analysis runs done on the same system topology under different conditions and then build an Microsoft Access database that uses a query to compare the results across different contingency runs. Creating a Test Example of Three Different Contingency Analysis Runs on the same case […]

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November 15, 2013

WECC Post Contingency Voltage Drop Criteria Monitoring

  Note, this knowledge base article provides a very simple feature for monitoring for voltage deviation monitoring, however if you need more flexibility than is shown below, there are two other knowledge base articles related to this one which provide much more flexibility than is shown below.  Links to these knowledge base articles are as follows. How […]

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August 27, 2013

Motor Load Starting using Transient Stability

Note: Download a small sample case at the following link which is used in this demonstrate: MotorStart Case Note: Starting in the July 10, 2013 patch of Simulator 17, a modification was made to automatically change the integration time step for the entire simulation when induction motors (loads) or induction machine (generators) drop below 0.1 per […]

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July 2, 2013

Remote License Troubleshooting

If you are trying to start Simulator or Retriever using a remote license but the hardware key is not detected, you may need to manually point to the hardware key’s location on the network. To configure where your machine goes to look for remote license keys, make sure to run the full Simulator or Retriever installation […]

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June 10, 2013

Calculating the Net Reactive Capability Curve of a Renewable Energy Plant and Subsystem

When studying a system of small renewable generators that are all hooked up to the power system through one interconnection point, some PowerWorld users have been interested in calculating the net reactive capability curve seen at the utility interconnection point.  As an example consider the power system below which has the following characteristics. Three solar […]

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June 6, 2013

Case Study in Using Auxiliary File Scripting with Advanced Filters, Custom Floats, and Expressions

This is a case study that demonstrates how to automate the process of replicating the net reactive capability curve from a set of renewable generators behind a small distribution system which is connected to a single utility bus.  This serves as a wonderful example for demonstrating several topics. Use of auxiliary files to automate processes […]

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June 6, 2013

How to specify when Transient Limit Monitoring starts monitoring for violations

Transient Limit Monitoring Many power systems require particular voltage or frequency performance during transient stability simulation.  For example, in the Western grid in the United States and Canada, the organization WECC specifies particular performance for various “Category B” or “Category C” contingency events (see http://www.wecc.biz/library/Library/Planning%20Committee%20Handbook/WECC-NERC%20Planning%20Standards.pdf). PowerWorld Simulator’s transient limit monitors allow you to monitor for violations […]

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May 23, 2013