Small-signal stability, control and dynamic performance of power systems

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by M.J. Gibbard, P. Pourbeik and D.J. Vowles


FREE | 2015 | Ebook (PDF) | 978-1-925261-03-5 | 684 pp  

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A thorough and exhaustive presentation of theoretical analysis and practical techniques for the small-signal analysis and control of large modern electric power systems as well as an assessment of their stability and damping performance.

Such systems may contain many hundreds of synchronous generators and high voltage power electronics equipment known as FACTS Devices.

The book describes new techniques not only for the tuning and analysis of stabilizers for systems with many generators and FACTS Devices but also for their coordination.

Of practical interest, these techniques are illustrated with relevant examples based on a multi-machine power system containing FACTS Devices for operating conditions ranging from light to peak load.

By introducing new analytical concepts, using examples, and by employing production-grade software, practical insights are provided into the significance and application of various analytical techniques.

Additional chapters introduce readers to:

  • the relevant control systems and eigen-analysis background;
  • the small-signal modelling of generators, FACTS Devices, and the power system;
  • approaches for tuning of automatic voltage regulators (AVRs); 
  • the modelling of various types of stabilizers for application to generators (PSSs) and FACTS Devices (PODs).

The book will appeal to:

  • Recent graduates in electrical engineering who need to understand the tools and techniques currently available in the analysis of small-signal dynamic performance and design.
  • Practicing electrical engineers who need to understand the significance of more recent developments and techniques in the field of small-signal dynamic performance.
  • Postgraduate students in electrical engineering who need to understand current developments in the field and who need to orient their research to achieve practical, useful outcomes.
  • Undergraduate electrical engineering students in courses oriented towards electric power engineering in which there is an introductory subject in power system dynamics (for access to basic material).
  • Academics or faculty staff who may be teaching or supervising under graduate or post students.
  • Managerial staff with responsibilities in power system planning, and system stability and control.