A Unified Modeling Approach of Multi-Terminal VSC-HVDC Links for Dynamic Simulations of Large-Scale Power Systems

Luis M. Castro, Enrique Acha

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    This paper introduces a new and general frame-of-reference for dynamic solutions of multi-terminal VSC-HVDC systems using the Newton-Raphson method. Three VSC dynamic models are derived to conform to each pairing AC sub-network-the slack converter whose aim is to control its DC voltage, the scheduled-power converter which injects a scheduled amount of power and the passive converter which is connected to an AC network with no frequency control equipment. Each VSC unit makes provisions for the phase reactor, AC filter, DC capacitor, DC smoothing inductor and LTC transformer. The VSC itself is a positive-sequence lumped-type model whose core elements are a phase-shifting transformer and an equivalent shunt susceptance which account for the phase-shifting and scaling nature of the PWM control. In turn, the DC side of each pairing VSC unit is linked to a DC system of an arbitrary configuration. All this enables the assembly of any number of VSCs, giving rise to a comprehensive formulation of multi-terminal VSC-HVDC systems. The prowess of the proposed multi-terminal dynamic model is demonstrated by carrying out a comparison against the widely-used EMT-type package Simulink, using a three terminal VSC-HVDC system, with very good results. Furthermore, a six-terminal VSC-HVDC system forming a DC ring is used to show the applicability of the proposed unified approach when solving multi-terminal VSC-HVDC links for system-wide dynamic studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5051-5060
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Multi-terminal VSC-HVDC systems
    • Newton-Raphson method
    • VSC-HVDC dynamic modeling

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 3

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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