Using SPICE for power system simulations

Cross, Andrew and Strickland, Dani (2011). Using SPICE for power system simulations. IN: Proceedings of the 2011-14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011). IEEE.


Power system simulation software is a useful tool for teaching the fundamentals of power system design and operation. However, existing commercial packages are not ideal for teaching work-based students because of high-cost, complexity of the software and licensing restrictions. This paper describes a set of power systems libraries that have been developed for use with the free, student-edition of a Micro-Cap Spice that overcomes these problems. In addition, these libraries are easily adapted to include power electronic converter based components into the simulation, such as HVDC, FACTS and smart-grid devices, as well as advanced system control functions. These types of technology are set to become more widespread throughout existing power networks, and their inclusion into a power engineering degree course is therefore becoming increasingly important.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, electronic & power engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Power engineering and power electronics research group
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Event Title: 14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011)
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2011-08-30 - 2011-09-01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Published Date: 2011


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