Date of Graduation


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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Muhammad A. Choudhry

Committee Co-Chair

Ronald L. Klein.


The objective of this dissertation is to develop dynamic models for distributed generations (DG), to investigate their impacts on dynamic stability of power distribution systems, and to design controllers for DGs to improve the dynamic stability of the integrated power distribution system.;A two-year distributed generation (DG) project at West Virginia University (WVU) evaluated the impact of various DG sources on actual distribution systems by performing computer simulations. The data is supplied by two regional electric utilities of two actual distribution systems each. In this project several important issues were investigated, including the availability of simulation tools and impacts of DGs connected to a distribution line under a variety of line operating conditions. Based on this preliminary research the further most interesting topics for continued research were raised.;The continued research has focused on deeper investigation, such as, modeling DG sources, evaluating their interaction and impacts, and improving the dynamic stability of the integrated power distribution system. Four specific DGs are studied in this dissertation: fuel cell power plant, wind turbine induction generator, gas turbine synchronous generator and diesel engine synchronous generator.;A full-order synchronous generator model represents the generator models of gas turbine generator and diesel engine generator. A simplified gas turbine model has been chosen to be implemented. A practical diesel engine for emergency use is modeled. The generator model of wind turbine induction generator is represented by a full-order induction generator. The rated power operating regime is considered for impacts evaluations and controller design. Two types of fuel cell models are developed. The first one is a model of already operational phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) obtained through data fitting and the second one is dynamic model of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Since fuel cells are connected to the electric power network via inverters, an inverter model has been developed.;Multi-DG controls are investigated in this dissertation. One DG control is fuel cell control, the other one is wind-turbine control. The control of fuel cell (SOFC) plant is through the inverter to adjust active power injection to the network during the transient time. The control of wind turbine generator is through the parallel connected SVC by adjusting reactive power injection to the system. Both control schemes are centralized.;Linear analysis methodologies are utilized in designing the controller. In the fuel cell control design, two pairs of critical modes are screened out using eigenvalue analysis. The participation factors of DGs with respect to the modes are calculated. Two specific lead-lag compensation units are designed to damp each mode separately. The gains of the two compensation units were then obtained via optimal control methodology. In wind turbine DG control design procedure, three rotor speed deviations are used as input signals while the controller outputs are the firing angle for the SVC and the pitch angle for the wind-turbine DG. An output feedback controller is designed. The dynamic load characteristic is also considered by modeling it as a structured uncertainty. mu-analysis is used to evaluate the robust stability of the controllers with respect to the uncertain parameters in the dynamic loads. The IEEE-13 node radial feeder with existing gas turbine and diesel engine DGs is used as a test system to evaluate the multi-DG control. The simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the control strategies.;Coordinated operation of all the DGs is investigated. Simulation results show that good configurations within DGs along the system can improve the system stability. Furthermore, the fast acting SVC is very effective in improving damping. Among the DGs investigated in this research, the fuel cell plant control is the best choice for the coordinated operation.;Finally, the approach to model a complete three-phase power distribution system is implemented. The impact of the developed DGs models is evaluated on a three-phase unbalanced distribution system. The three-phase 13-node IEEE system with gas turbine and diesel engine DGs is simulated using MATLAB/Simulink's Power System Blockset (PSB). In the simulation, a three-phase thyristor controlled braking resistor (TCBR) is connected to absorb the surplus energy when the system is subjected to a disturbance. The three-phase dynamic simulation demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed strategy.