EMTP simulation of synchronous machine from standstill to synchronization

Ulas Karaagac, Jean Mahseredjian, Sébastien Dennetière

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This paper presents the modeling and simulation studies for the startup of a 250 MVA pumped storage unit in pumping mode and the startup of a 65 MVA hydraulic unit as a corrective action following an uncontrolled islanding of an area due to an extreme contingency. The new synchronous machine (SM) module of EMTP-RV enables the simulation of the machine from standstill and makes it possible to use it for studies including: analysis of the disturbances generated by the operation of the static frequency convertor (SFC) during electrical startup of a pumped storage unit and simulation of system restoration following a complete collapse of a major part of an interconnection. The proposed model is validated by using field measurements from a 250 MVA pumped storage unit for the period from standstill to line operation including the synchronization of the machine to the grid.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES '09
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES '09 - Calgary, AB, Canada
Duration: 26 Jul 200930 Jul 2009


Conference2009 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES '09
CityCalgary, AB


  • EMTP
  • Pumped storage power plant
  • Startup
  • Static frequency convertor
  • Synchronous machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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