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A Professional Development Course by the School of Electrical Engineering, UNSW & the NSW Chapter of the IEEE PES

A two-day short course with hands-on problem solving

Simulation and Analysis of Power System Transients with ATPDraw

N SW Chapter

5-6 September, 2012

School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications The University of New South Wales

ATP Draw
ATPDraw is a graphical preprocessor for the ATP version of the ElectroMagnetics Transients Program (EMTP). Since its development by Dommel and Meyer at the Bonneville Power Administration in the 1970s, EMTP and its Windows version ATP (Alternative Transients Program) have become arguably the most useful power system software available for transient analysis. Many commercial spinoffs of ATP have been developed but the basic ATP software and ATPDraw are available royalty-free in the public domain. ATPDraw allows the creation of system network models that can be constructed as any desired circuit configuration using predefined components from an extensive menu of about 65 standard electrical components and 25 TACS (Transient Analysis of Control Systems) program modules. In ATPDraw the user can construct an electrical circuit using the mouse and the components from the menus and it then generates the ATP input file in the appropriate format for solution of the circuit. ATPDraw is most valuable to new users of ATP and allows a wide range of power system networks to be solved. It is not limited to transients but will enable load flow calculations, fault calculations and a range of other applications to be performed in conjunction with ATP.

Course Structure and Content

The course will cover the following topic areas Theoretical background of power system transients and their computer simulation Modeling methods and applications for simulation of high voltage equipment and power system studies Determination of overvoltages and their impact on insulation coordination issues in power systems All attendees will be provided with copies of ATPDraw software if they do not it and the course will be a practical hands-on exercise with attendees working though a number of case studies on their own laptops.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers wishing to perform transient analysis and simulation Engineers from the Transmission and Distribution sectors and from general industry Consultants Post-graduate students

The Venue
Seminar Room G3 Electrical Engineering Building (Bldg G17) University of New South Wales, KENSINGTON, NSW 2052

Course Aim
The aim of this short course is to provide both the beginner and engineers with some experience of the use of ATP in solving transient problems and in performing insulation coordination determinations. The use of ATPDraw as the graphical pre-processor for ATP has simplified the analysis of transient problems greatly. Course attendees should bring their own laptops to the course. Those who are not registered with the EMTP-ATP group and do not have the ATP software will be able to register with the group at the course with the Australian EMTP-ATP group convenor, Dr Toan Phung. They will then be able to download the latest version of ATP and ATPDraw for their use at the course and later in their professional activities.

About the Speakers

Professor Mehdi Vakilian is Professor of Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and a Visiting Professor at UNSW. He obtained his PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in the area of transient analysis. He has worked with the Iran Generation and Transmission Company (Tavanir) and the Iranian Ministry of Energy. His main research interests are in transient modeling of power system equipment, insulation coordination and steady state power system analysis. Dr Toan Phung is a senior lecturer at UNSW and has many years of experience in power system research, particularly in the area of insulation studies. He is the Australian convenor of the EMTP-ATP users group. Mr Ashok Parsotam is an engineer with AusGrid,
specializing in earthing applications for power systems. He has had many years of experience in application of ATPDraw to industrial situations.

Course Outline
Simulation of Transients in power systems Typical cases of transient studies Computational methods: time domain simulations Fundamental considerations of transients How to use ATPDraw Power Equipment and Transient Phenomena Basic modeling requirements Which model to use for what type of study Energisation of transformers Temporary (harmonic) overvoltages Controlled switching Examples of computer simulations Transients in adjustable speed AC drives Practical Applications from Industry Case studies by an industry engineer Overvoltages and Insulation Coordination Issues Transmission line switching overvoltages Phase to ground and phase to phase transients Source side line models, surge arresters, closing resistors, line closing and re-closing, fault overvoltages, calculation of risk of failure Detailed case study Protection of substations against overvoltages Substation models for simulation of overvoltages Determination of surge arrester rating (rated voltage, MCOV, discharge class, nominal current) Protective zones of arresters Energy stresses on surge arresters Transient recovery voltage of circuit breakers Examples and computer simulations

General details Course Cost: $990 (including GST) Times: Start each day at 9.00 am: finish at 5.00 pm on day1 and at 4.00 pm on day2. Computer needs: Attendees should bring their own laptops so that they can perform case study simulations. If ATPDraw is not
installed on their computers, it will be provided to them and attendees will be registered with the Australian EMTP-ATP users group.

For registration and course enquiries: call or email: Trevor Blackburn: Tel: 02 9385 4049, Mob: 0410 349 521: email_ or Toan Phung: Tel: 02 9385 5407: email_


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