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On the nature of voltage impasse regions in power system dynamics studies

M. Oluic, B. Berggren, F.M. Echavarren, M. Ghandhari, L. Rouco

This paper presents a fundamental study of voltage collapses that occur on a post-fault trajectory of a stressed power system in seconds after large disturbances. The focus of the study are voltage collapses that are induced by certain load models. Using an n-machine-N-bus power system model, the paper explicitly shows that the voltage collapse is caused by the non-existence of a real, positive solution for a load voltage magnitude in different areas of a relative rotor angle space when the load is of non-linear type. These «areas without voltage solution» are denoted as Voltage Impasse Regions (VIR) and are mathematically characterized as trigonometric functions of (n-1) relative rotor angles. Once the post-fault trajectory enters a VIR, voltage magnitude solutions become complex or negative, the algebraic Jacobian becomes singular and the behaviour of a system becomes undefined. The case study has been carried out using a simple 3-machine-1-load system with static load models. In the study, VIR appeared and enlarged as the non-linear (constant power and constant current) load increased. Furthermore, the non-convergence of time domain solution occurred exactly at VIR, thereby confirming that the problem is of structural nature.

Keywords: Load models, power system dynamics, stability assessment, voltage collapse, voltage impasse region

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Volume: 33 Issue: 3 Pages: 2660-2670

JCR Impact Factor and Scopus quartile: 5.255 - Q1 (2017)

DOI reference: DOI icon 10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2763123    

Published on paper: May 2018. Published on-line: October 2017.

M. Oluic, B. Berggren, F.M. Echavarren, M. Ghandhari, L. Rouco. On the nature of voltage impasse regions in power system dynamics studies. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 2660-2670, May 2018. [Online: October 2017]

    Topics research:
  • *Steady-state: load flows, analysis of power system constraints, optimal load flows, voltage control ancilliary service,short-circuits, protections in transmission and ditribution networks
  • *Stability: large disturbance stability, tuning of frequency loadshedding schemes, excitation control, small disturbance stability, tuning of power system stabilizers, identification of AVR and governor models

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