Reactive Power Control of an Alternator with Static Excitation System Connected to a Network


AbstractIn recent years, the scale of power systems has been expanding, and with that expansion smooth power operation is becoming increasingly important. One of the solutions is to realize a practical high speed, highly reliable exciter system that is suitable for stable operation of a power system.In this work, a model of a static excitation system of an alternator connected to a network via a transformer have been built using MATLAB-SIMULINK PSB. The parameters of the machine has been obtained from Mosul dam power station taking into account saturation effects. A PI controller is used to control the output reactive power of the synchronous generator for both pure DC excitation and static excitation systems. A method based on step response has been proposed and verified for tuning the parameters of the controller. In order to validate the simulated results of the system with AVR, the results have been compared with practical results of Mosul dam and a good agreement has been realized. However, in large generating units, undesirable oscillations in the active power and speed result as a side effect of the AVR control or due to outside disturbances.KEY WORDS: Static Excitation, Reactive Power Control.