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Title: A novel Q-limit guided continuation power flow method for voltage stability analysis
Author: Zhu, Pengcheng
ISNI:       0000 0001 3577 8195
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2008
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Voltage security assessment is becoming a more and more important issue due to the fact that electrical power systems are more prone to voltage instability under increased demand, and it can be time-consuming to determine the actual level of voltage security in large power systems. For this reason, this thesis presents a novel method for calculating the margin of voltage collapse that is based on the Continuation Power Flow (CPF) method. The method offers a flexible and reliable solution procedure without suffering from divergence problems even when near the bifurcation point. In addition, the new method accounts for reactive power limits. The algorithmic continuation steps are guided by the prediction of Q-limit breaking point. A Lagrange polynomial interpolation formula is used in this method in order to find the Q-limit breaking point indices that determine when the reactive power output of a generator has reached its limit. The algorithmic continuation steps will then be guided to the closest Q-limit breaking point, consequently reducing the number of continuation steps and saving computational time. The novel method is compared with alternative conventional and enhanced CPF methods. In order to improve CPF further, studies comparing the performance of using direct and iterative solvers in a power flow calculation have also been performed. I first attempt to employ the column approximate minimum degree (AMD) ordering scheme to reset the permutation of the coefficient matrix, which decreases the number of iterations required by iterative solvers. Finally, the novel method has been applied to a range of power system case studies including a 953 bus national grid transmission case study. The results are discussed in detail and compared against exiting CPF methods.
Supervisor: Taylor, G. ; Irving, M. R. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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