Introduction to PowerWorld Simulator

Introduction to PowerWorld Simulator: Interface and Common Tools

Free, On-Demand Version

Synchronous agendas:

This 4 half-day introductory course covers the PowerWorld Simulator user interface and basic power systems analysis tools. Participants will learn how to:

  • interact with PowerWorld Simulator through text-based interfaces and graphic one-line diagrams;
  • build and modify power system models and one-line diagrams;
  • exchange information with spreadsheets and text files; and
  • create rich color contours, incorporate GIS shapefiles, and enhance the appearance and dynamic behavior of one-line diagrams.

Participants will also learn the basics of power systems modeling and analysis tools in PowerWorld Simulator, including:

  • voltage control;
  • generation control and area interchange;
  • contingency analysis;
  • linear sensitivity analysis;
  • fault analysis (time permitting); and
  • system equivalents (time permitting).



Course Materials and On-Demand Video

Slides and recorded training modules are available here for free viewing. A dual-monitor system is recommended to enable viewing of the training video alongside the PowerWorld Simulator application. If you don’t yet have PowerWorld Simulator you can perform most of the exercises covered in these training modules on our free 13-bus evaluation version.

Download Sample Cases and Oneline Diagrams used in training modules.

I0: The PowerWorld Simulator User Interface

I1: The PowerWorld Simulator Case Editor and One-line Diagrams

Background and History of PowerWorld Corporation; PowerWorld Simulator Model Architecture and GUI; Display/Model Relationships; Edit and Run Modes; Opening a Case; Area/Zone/Owner Filters; Bus View Oneline; Building a Oneline Diagram; Inserting Geographic Borders; Adding Buses to Oneline; Auto-Insert Lines, Gens, Loads, Shunts; Bus Palette; Entering Buses, Gens, Lines; Saving the Case; Moving Objects; Panning and Zooming; Undo Drawing Actions; Drawing Grid; Entering Object Fields; Solving the Case; Online Help; Default Drawing Values; Selecting Multiple Objects; Formatting Objects; Screen Layers; Display Levels; Adding Other Objects; Background Lines; Oneline Local Menu (right click); Modifying Display Detail; Pie Charts; Animated Flows; Thumbnail View; Saving Views; Finding Buses; Bus Renumbering

I3: The Model Explorer and Case Information Displays

Model Explorer; Case Information Displays; Case Information Toolbar; Display/Column Options; Find and Search; Define Expression; Set/Toggle Values; Column Functions; Filtering; Sorting; Export to Text and Graphics Formats; Interchange with Excel; Key and Required Fields; Case Info Options; Local Menu (right click); Custom Case Info Displays

I4: Auxiliary File Format, Data Section

DATA Sections; Key and Required Fields; Example; SUBDATA; Example; Help References; Relation to Case Info Display; Display Aux Files; Example

I5: Aggregation of Data: Areas, Zones, Interfaces, and More

Areas and Zones; Interfaces; Nomograms; Oneline Graphics and Fields; Super Areas; Injection Groups; Substations; Difference Flows; Comparing Two Cases

I6: Contouring and Advanced Visualization

Contouring; Contour Dialog; Contour Type Options; Custom Color Maps; Contour Examples; Emphasis of Display Objects; Dynamic Formatting; GIS Support; Shape Files; Other GIS Tools

I7: Power Flow Analysis and Voltage Control

Formulation of Power Flow; Newton’s Method; Solution Options; Island-based AGC; DC Power Flow; General Options; Other Simulator Options; Generator AVR; Remote Regulation; Switched Shunts; LTC Transformers

I8: Generator and Area Real Power Control

Scaling Load and Generation; Generator MW Control; Generator Cost Models; Area Interchange Control; Economic Dispatch; Participation Factor Control; Area Slack Bus Control; Area Transactions; Area Control across Islands; Using Heat Rates

I9: Limit Monitoring

Limit Monitoring Dialog; Limit Group and Rating Set; Area and Zone Monitoring; Create Limit Group; Radial Elements

I10: Contingency Analysis

Contingency Actions in Simulator; Contingency Analysis Tool; Defining Contingencies; Contingency Elements; Auto-Insertion; Running Contingency Analysis; Navigating Results; Solution Options; Reference State; Modeling Options; Contingency Summary Log

I11: Linear Sensitivity Analysis

Power Transfer Distribution Factors (PTDF); PTDFs on One-line Diagram; Transmission Loading Relief (TLR)/Generation Shift Factors (GSF); Multiple Direction PTDF; Multiple Element TLR/GSF; Line Outage Distribution Factors (LODF); Outage Transfer Distribution Factors (OTDF); Flow and Voltage Sensitivities; Loss Sensitivities; Line Loading Replicator; Connections Analysis (Path Distance to Buses, Shortest Path, Facility Analysis, Branches that Create Islands)

I12: Auxiliary File Format, Script Section

Overview; Script Sections; Modes and Submodes; Reference Manual; Script Command Window; List of Script Actions; Example: Difference Cases and Aux Files; Display Auxiliary Files

I13: Fault Analysis

Overview; Fault Location and Type; Sequence Data; Impedance and Pre-fault Profile; Bus Fault Example; Visualizing Results; Line Fault Example; Other Notes

I14: Equivalents (slides only)

I15: SimAuto Automation Server

Overview; Applications; Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Demonstration; Browsing the VBA Code; VBA Object Browser; Referencing the Simulator Type Library; SimAuto Tips; SimAuto Functions; SimAuto Help Reference; Simulator Object and Field Reference

I16: Trans Line Calc (slides only)

I17: Time Step Simulation and Weather (slides only)

Time Step Simulation Essentials: time zones, time points and setting up the time step grid, tsb files, scheduled and subscriptions, tracking results, solving the time step simulation; Incorporating Weather: importing weather files, visualizing weather and playing “Weather Only”, generator weather (PFW) models, solving with generator weather models; Other Time Step Features