Steady-State Power System Security Analysis

Steady-State Power System Security Analysis with PowerWorld Simulator

Free, On-Demand Version

Synchronous agendas:

This 4 half-day advanced course covers topics in transmission planning and power system security. Use of PowerWorld Simulator for analysis of system security limits will be discussed in depth. Participants will learn:

  • fundamentals of power system modeling and voltage stability;
  • techniques for conditioning and solving hard-to-solve cases;
  • how to model system contingencies in detail, including conditional remedial action schemes (RAS)/special protection schemes (SPS);
  • how to determine thermal and stability limits on power transfer; and
  • how to develop a generator interconnection study with a comprehensive steady-state power system security analysis.

Participants will also see examples of automation applications for security analysis and learn how to use advanced add-on analysis tools in PowerWorld Simulator, including:

  • Available Transfer Capability (ATC)
  • Maximum Power Transfer (PV curve)
  • Reactive Power Margin (QV curve)
  • Geomagnetically Induced Current (GIC)


Introduction to PowerWorld Simulator: Interface and Common Tools

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.

S1: Power System Modeling

Nominal Voltage Levels and Per Unit; Admittance and Impedance; Y-Bus Matrix; Buses, Branches, Loads, Switched Shunts, and Generators; Power Flow Equations; PV, PQ, and Slack Buses; Newton’s Method; Multiple Solutions; Example 2-Bus Power Flow; PV and QV Curves; Maximum Loadability

S2: Advanced Power Flow Solution Options

Detailed Overview of Simulator’s Single Solution; Pre-Processing; Angle Smoothing,; Remote Regulation Viability; Estimate MW Change; MW Control; Voltage Control; Generator Mvar Limit Checking; DC Line Solution; Switched Shunt Control; Transformer Switching; Transformer Stepping Methodology; Inner Power Flow Loop; Message Log Colors; Advanced Power Flow Options; Dynamically assign slack buses; Power Power Flow Solution Actions; Minimum Per Unit Voltage for Constant Power and Constant Current Loads; Parallel LTC Tap Balancing; Minimum Sensitivity for LTC Control; Generator Mvar Sharing for Remote and Local Generation; Switched Shunt switching in inner power flow loop; Transformer Regulation Target Type; Area Control with Multiple Islands; Power Flow Solution Diagnosis Aids

S3: Techniques for Conditioning Hard-to-Solve Cases

Very Low Impedance Branches; Voltage Control Devices (Transformers, Switched Shunts, etc…); Area Generation Control (AGC) and Area Control Error (ACE); Clear Transactions and auto-insert tie-line transactions; Using Generator Mvar Limits “Check Immediately” option; Voltage Collapse visualization and Solution; Negative dV/dQ interpretation; Robust Solution Process

S4: Advanced Contingency Modeling

Advanced Limit Monitoring; Monitoring Exceptions; Contingency Blocks; Contingency Global Actions; Conditional Contingency Actions; Modeling Remedial Action Schemes (RAS) or Special Protection Schemes (SPS); Model Conditions; Model Filters; Model Expressions; Contingency Element Status; Advanced Contingency Options; Bus Load Throwover Records; Generator Maximum MW Response; Generator Post-Contingency AGC; Generator Line-Drop or Reactive Current Compensation; Post Contingency Auxiliary Files; Sample Case; Design and Simulate a Special Protection Scheme (SPS); TLR Analysis; Line Loading Replicator; OPF with minimum control change; Using Combined Tables for Reporting; Report Writing; Comparing two sets of Contingency Results; Other Actions

S5: Available Transfer Capability (ATC)

Input and Output of an ATC Calculation; What does the ATC Calculation do?; ATC Dialog Options; Solving the ATC in Simulator; Explanation of Results; Recommendation for Better/Faster Analysis; Alternative Advanced Solution Techniques; Extra Monitors and Multiple Scenarios
Supplement: Linear Analysis Techniques in PowerWorld Simulator

S6: Voltage Stability Using PV Curves

Voltage Stability Concepts and Studies; What are PV Curves?; PV Curve Results; Injection Groups; Participation Points; Contingency Definition; PV Curve Study; Setup; Quantities to Track; Limit Violations; PV Output; PV Results

S7: Voltage Stability Using QV Curves

What are QV Curves? ; How is a QV Curve performed?; Example QV Curve; QV Curve with Mvar Deficiency; V-Q Sensitivities; QV Curve Study; Contingency Definition; Buses, Options; Control/Results

S8: Security Analysis for a Generator Interconnection Study

Adding a new Generator; PTDF visualization; Setting up a list of Contingencies and Options; Running Contingency and Saving Results; Build Comparison Case with a transfer of power from new generator; Comparing the two sets of Contingency Results; Running ATC Study on the new generator; Automating the ATC run using auxiliary files; Plotting QV Curves for near the new generator; PV Curve Study for transfer of power from the new generator; integrated QV analysis

S9: ATC/PVQV Automation Examples (slides only)

Nominal Voltage Levels and Per Unit; Admittance and Impedance; Y-Bus Matrix; Buses, Branches, Loads, Switched Shunts, and Generators; Power Flow Equations; PV, PQ, and Slack Buses; Newton’s Method; Multiple Solutions; Example 2-Bus Power Flow; PV and QV Curves; Maximum Loadability

S10: Integrated Topology Processing (slides only)

Introduction; Motivation; Modeling; Exploring the Case; Full-Topology vs. Consolidated Superbus; Algorithm; Topology Processing Dialog; Sensitivity Analysis; Contingency Analysis; Options; Incremental Topology Processing; “Open with Breakers” Action; Saving the Consolidated Case; Script Commands

S11: Distributed Computing

Outline; Motivation; Implementation; Distributable Calculations; Configuration; Single Multi‐Core Computer; Contingency Analysis; Distributed Computer Fields; IT Concerns; Benefits; Benchmarks

S12: Geomagnetically Induced Current (slides only)

Overview; GIC Modeling; Inputs; GMD Storm Scenarios; GIC Outputs and Results; Four-Bus Example; Simulator Assumptions; Uniform Field Modeling; Time-Varying Inputs; Large Model Example; Sensitivity Analysis; Neutral Blocking