Date of Award

5-2013

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Ahmad Nafisi

Abstract

An increase in demand for electric power has forced utility transmission systems to continuously operate under stressed conditions, which are close to instability limits. Operating power systems under such conditions along with inadequate reactive power reserves initiates a sequence of voltage instability points and can ultimately lead to a system voltage collapse. Significant research have been focused on time-synchronized measurements of power systems which can be used to frequently determine the state of a power system and can lead to a more robust protection, control and operation performance. This thesis discusses the applicability of two voltage stability synchrophasor-based indices from literature to analyze the stability of a power system. Various load flow scenarios were conducted on the BPA 10-Bus system and the IEEE 39-Bus System using PowerWorld Simulator. The two indices were analyzed and compared against each other along with other well-known methods. Results show that their performances are coherent to each other regarding to voltage stability of the system; the indices can also predict voltage collapse as well as provide insight on other locations within the system that can contribute to instability.

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