Adaptive Nonlinear Excitation Control of Power Systems with Unknown Interconnections

Sandeep Jain, Farshad Khorrami, B. Fardanesh

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Adaptive nonlinear excitation control of large-scale power systems is considered in this paper. The approach used is an adaptive feedback linearizing control to enhance the robustness to unknown or varying interconnection parameters like equivalent reactances of the transmission lines. Control design based on external feedback linearization may not be robust to handle varying power-system configurations. Inexact cancellation of terms due to uncertainties may result in performance deterioration like inter-system oscillations. Adaptation in estimated parameters is utilized to achieve an asymptotically exact cancellation of terms. It is shown that the adaptive control results in bounded states and maintains the desired performance. The control scheme developed is applied to a power system with two generators and an infinite bus connected through a network of transformers and transmission lines. Simulation studies for unknown interconnections arising due to faults and subsequent line switchings in the transmission network are carried out. The performance using the nonadaptive feedback linearizing control is shown to degrade for network configuration variations arising due to transmission line faults. The response obtained using the proposed scheme is compared with that using a conventional IEEE Type I excitation control. The studies validate the fact that connective stability and robust performance is maintained for unknown interconnection topology using the adaptive feedback linearizing scheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-446
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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