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Modern Power System

Modern power system is a complex system, spread over a large geographically area. The power system has been expanded manifold in the recent past due to increased demand and industrial growth. The power system has also seen new emerging trend in its technology, operation and planning.

Class notes on power system control and operation
Class notes on power system control and operation (on photo: State-of-the-art Ovation™ control system helps improve operational efficiencies and reliability at Russia’s Surgut-2 Power Plant; credit:

The issues such as, reactive power and active power control, angle stability and voltage stability, inter-area power transfer, power quality, automatic generation and frequency control for multi-machine system, reliability evaluation operation in competitive environment, are important factors in operation and control of the power system.

Generation, transmission, distribution and loads make up the fundamental structure of a power system. Generators, substations, transmission circuits, transformers, circuit breakers, metering, demand, load, are the main physical devices of an electric power system.

Voltage, current, power, energy, frequency, and impedance are the fundamental terms used in power technology. The operation of power system needs proper coordination between these devices such that the fundamental variables of the system remain within desired limits.

Moreover, if the system is subjected to faults, it may become unstable. Therefore, it is necessary to study and analyze the system state and to determine the system stability and security.

For this purpose, we need to use many numerical techniques and modem stochastic or metaheuristics computational techniques. After studying this subject, one may be able to address and understand the issues related the power system.

Symmetrical components of three-phase system
Symmetrical components of three-phase system

Fault Analasys

Symmetrical Components

The power systems are subjected to faults. Most of the faults in power system are unsymmetrical in nature. However symmetrical faults such as short-circuits or 3-phase faults may also occur.

The unsymmetrical faults are:

  1. Lme to Ground faults,
  2. Lme to Line faults or Double Line faults,
  3. Double Line to Ground faults
C. L. Fortescue has introduced method of symmetrical components to deal with the unbalanced polyphase circuits. This method describes that an unbalanced system ‘n’ related phasors can be resolved into ‘n’ system of balanced phasors known as symmetrical components of the original systems.

Hence a three phase unbalanced systems can be resolved into three balanced systems as shown in Figure 1 above.

Va1, Vb1, Vc1 Positive sequence voltages of three phases a, b, c equal in magnitudes and displaced from each other by 120° in phase. Subscript ‘1’ represents positive sequence i.e. having the same phase sequence as the original system.

Va2, Vb2, Vc2 Negatrve sequence voltages of three phases a,b,c equal in magnitudes and displaced from each other by 120° in phase. Subscript ‘2’ represents negative sequence i.e. having the opposite phase sequence as the original system.

Title:Lecture notes on power system control and operation – A course in 7th semester of Bachelor of technology programme in electrical engineering – Department of electrical engineering Veer Surendra Sai University of technology, Burla
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Class notes on power system control and operation
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  1. satyavir singh
    Mar 22, 2022

    I am a retired electrical engineer from power plant & can give some practical views on electrical equipment of power plant but some theoretical knowledge sharing is required from your side & can pay a nominal fee for the membership. Thanks

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