Power System Analysis and Simulation Tools

A typical way of learning power system operation is by modeling the system and simulating its performance. Convention requires development of mathematical algorithm and user interfaces on dedicated hardware and software platforms. It has the drawback of a heavy overhead of development and learning time. In this paper, a novel approach is presented to provide a heterogeneous development platform for designing the power system analysis and simulation tools. Highlights of other market-available platforms like MATLAB, EMTP, EMTDC, PFLOW, PowerGraf, POWERWORLD and Ptolemy are summarized. Case studies are carried out to illustrate the approach and its success in integrating various essential components.The paper describes software/hardware/simulation tools suitable for students of signal processing and electrical power system analysis and simulation.