Recently, I completed my first “lab” for ECE4464: Power Systems II. Like ECE3333 (Power Systems I), this course is being taught by one of the most inspiring professors I have ever had, Prof. Rajiv Varma, Ph.D.
Using PowerWorld‘s Simulator software, we repeated one of our basic labs from ECE3333 as an introduction to computerized modelling of power systems. We connected a single synchronous machine to an infinite bus across a 600km, 1000MW-SIL power line.
It is simplest for me to just lift the objectives from my lab report:
In this lab, our objective is to simulate a simple single machine infinite-bus configuration using the PowerWorld Simulator software. We design a local generator system (a synchronous generator) having a nominal generation capacity of 500MW and with no predefined peak generation (that is, the generator is modelled as having infinite generation capability).
In this manner, we can explore various phenomena like power transfer, power system stability and the effect of shunt compensation on the midline. We model a 600km span of transmission line with a shunt compensation device installed at the midline (300km from both ends) and determine the stability limit with and without this compensation device enabled.
Please see the following images, which show the simulation being run in PowerWorld:
For my full report, see: Power Systems 4464 Lab 1 (PDF). Note that the synchronous condenser installed at the midline is a Switched Shunt Compensation unit. I thought the standard inductor/capacitor schematic symbol looked a little boring, so I overlaid a synchronous condenser on top of it.