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Changchun Cai, Ping Ju, Yuqing Jin, "Novel Simplified Model for Asynchronous Machine with Consideration of Frequency Characteristic", Journal of Applied Mathematics, vol. 2014, Article ID 701964, 9 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/701964
Novel Simplified Model for Asynchronous Machine with Consideration of Frequency Characteristic
Abstract
The frequency characteristic of electric equipment should be considered in the digital simulation of power systems. The traditional asynchronous machine thirdorder transient model excludes not only the stator transient but also the frequency characteristics, thus decreasing the application sphere of the model and resulting in a large error under some special conditions. Based on the physical equivalent circuit and Park model for asynchronous machines, this study proposes a novel asynchronous thirdorder transient machine model with consideration of the frequency characteristic. In the new definitions of variables, the voltages behind the reactance are redefined as the linear equation of flux linkage. In this way, the rotor voltage equation is not associated with the derivative terms of frequency. However, the derivative terms of frequency should not always be ignored in the application of the traditional thirdorder transient model. Compared with the traditional thirdorder transient model, the novel simplified thirdorder transient model with consideration of the frequency characteristic is more accurate without increasing the order and complexity. Simulation results show that the novel thirdorder transient model for the asynchronous machine is suitable and effective and is more accurate than the widely used traditional simplified thirdorder transient model under some special conditions with drastic frequency fluctuations.
1. Introduction
Voltage sag is a common phenomenon during power system failure, whereas system frequency remains constant in largescale power systems. Consequently, traditional power system modeling and simulation are focused on the voltage characteristics of power equipment with less consideration of the frequency characteristic. However, with the high penetration of distributed generation [1, 2], system frequency will fluctuate when a random imbalance between power generation and demand exists. For example, a fault or a sudden change in power loading in a microgrid [3–5] will cause a relatively large frequency fluctuation because the system inertia is small. In addition, in some isolated grids (e.g., XinJiang and Hainan power grids in China), system failures also produce frequency problems [6–9]. Thus, the frequency characteristic of equipment should be considered in power system modeling and simulation.
Asynchronous machines, which contain asynchronous induction motors and induction generators, are important equipment in power systems. Dynamic load comprises induction motors [6–15] and a large number of wind power generators, such as induction generators or doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs) [16–22]. Thirdorder electromechanical transient model for asynchronous machines is widely used in power system simulation. The traditional form of this model cannot represent the frequency characteristic of asynchronous machines because this simplified model only assumes that the frequency is constant and ignores the first derivative of frequency during derivation. The simulation results are acceptable when using the traditional thirdorder transient model under the conditions that frequency fluctuates slightly or without consideration of the frequency fluctuation. However, when studying the power grid with high penetration of distributed generation, the use of the traditional thirdorder transient model will generate significant error in the simulation result in contrast to the field measurement. Load modeling with consideration of the frequency and the voltage is discussed in [8]. The improved measurebased load modeling can reflect the real load dynamic characteristic well. A novel frequency regulation by DFIGbased wind turbines (WTs) used to coordinate inertial control, rotor speed control, and pitch angle control is studied in [23]. The coordinated control enhances frequency regulation capability and damps frequency oscillations. The capability of WTs to participate in the primary frequency control and to offer primary reserve is discussed in [24], in which transient frequency support and permanent frequency response were also investigated.
To represent the voltage and the frequency characteristics of an asynchronous machine during simulation, this paper proposes a novel simplified thirdorder transient model by redefining the variables and parameters of the traditional model. In this novel simplified thirdorder model, the definition of transient variable provides a clear physical interpretation. The novel simplified thirdorder model can accurately represent the frequency characteristic of asynchronous machines. Meanwhile, this variable will not increase the order and complexity of the model. Finally, simulation results verify the effectiveness and accuracy of the novel simplified thirdorder transient model in power system simulation.
2. Park Model of Asynchronous Machine
Figure 1 shows the circuits applicable to the analysis of an asynchronous machine. The stator circuits comprise threephase windings , , and distributed 120° apart in space. The rotor circuits contain three distributed windings , , and .
Neglecting saturation, hysteresis, and eddy currents and assuming a purely sinusoidal distribution of flux waves, the machine equations can be written as follows [25].
The stator and rotor voltage equations are given by where represents voltage, represents current, represents the flux linking the winding denoted by the subscript, is the stator phase resistance, is the rotor phase resistance, and subscripts and are the stator and rotor windings, respectively.
is defined as the angle by which the axis of the phase rotor winding leads the axis of phase stator winding in the direction of rotation, with a constant rotor angular velocity of : and with a constant slip :
Figure 2 shows that the electrical angular velocity of reference frame and rotating reference frame is in , the axis of winding leads to the axis of winding in the direction of rotation, and axis coincides with the axis of phase stator winding at initial moment .
By applying the transformation equation, we obtain the following expressions as regards the transformed components of voltage, flux linkages, and currents [25].
Stator voltage equations:
rotor voltage equations: The terms and are the transformer voltages, similar to and .
Stator flux linkage equations are as follows:
Rotor flux leakage equations are as follows: with and , where , , and are stator leakage, rotor leakage, and mutual inductances, respectively.
Eliminating phase voltage and current in terms of components, we obtain
The airgap torque is obtained by dividing the power transferred across the air gap by the rotor speed in mechanical radians per second: where subscripts and represent the rotor and stator, respectively.
3. Traditional Simplified Asynchronous Machine Model
With the exclusion of the stator transients, The following variables and parameters [25] are defined as Rewriting (7), we obtain
The rotor voltage of the component of (5) may be written as
From the above equation, may be written as Thus, (13) may be written as
In a similar way, the component of rotor voltage is given by
The term is usually excluded in system simulation in previous studies, and asynchronous machine transient model equations can be rewritten as follows:
Compared with (15) and (16), and are excluded in (17), which indicates that frequency is regarded as a constant in the thirdorder transient model of the asynchronous machine. However, this assumption will result in errors as frequency changes significantly.
4. Novel Simplified Asynchronous Machine Model
4.1. Variables and Parameters Redefinition
To represent the effect of frequency fluctuation and keep the simplicity of the thirdorder transient model of asynchronous machine, the variables and parameters should be redefined as follows:
Compared with (11), and have a linear relationship with flux linkage, whereby the angular frequencies , , and are excluded.
4.2. Rotor Voltage Equations
From (12) and (18), the rotor voltage of the component can be written as where Thus, (19) may be written as
Based on a similar principle, we can obtain the rotor voltage equation of the component. The asynchronous machine transient model equations may then be rewritten as follows: does not appear in the process of derivation, which indicates that frequency is not excluded in the novel simplified thirdorder transient model. With the new definition, and do not include angular frequency , and inductances and are the parameters of the transient model, which can better reflect the physical characteristics of the asynchronous machine in the model.
4.3. Stator Voltage Equations
To reduce equations and make the model suitable for a stability program, we eliminate the rotor currents and express the relationship between stator current and voltage relative to a voltage behind the transient reactance. Thus, from (12) and (6), we obtain
Substituting the above equation for in (4), the stator voltage equation of the component may be rewritten as
Similarly, we can obtain the component of stator voltage equation, whereby the stator voltage equations may be written as
From (13) and (9), the electromagnetic torque equation can be expressed as
4.4. Model Equations under System Reference Frame
The transient model equations should be transformed into public reference frame in system simulation. Figure 2 shows the relationship between reference frame and reference frame with a similar angular velocity in . is the angle by which the axis of leads the axis of in the direction of rotation. The transformation equation is As a result, the transient model is obtained as follows.
Transient equations:
stator voltage equations:
electromagnetic torque equation:
rotor acceleration equation: where per unit and is the initial slip of the asynchronous machine. If the asynchronous machine absorbs power, then ; otherwise, if the asynchronous machine produces power.
5. Model Analysis
Asynchronous machines are known to contain asynchronous induction motors and asynchronous generators; the difference between them lies in the acceleration and rotor voltage equations.
5.1. Asynchronous Induction Motor Model
An induction motor is a common asynchronous machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy based on the electromagnetic induction principle. The rotor voltage of the induction motor is zero , such that the novel simplified thirdorder transient model for the induction motor with consideration of the frequency characteristics is shown as follows.
Transient equations:
acceleration equation:
stator voltage equations:
5.2. Asynchronous Generator Model
Asynchronous generators are widely used in wind power generation. Most early wind generators are fixedspeed WT generators, and the induction generator operates at a constant speed. The use of variable speed constant frequency WT generators, such as the DFIG, is the mainstream in newly built wind farms. However, the models of different induction generators are similar, which may be written as follows.
Transient equations:
acceleration equation:
stator voltage equations: where and are the equivalent rotor voltage with the following conditions: for fixedspeed WT generators the rotor voltage and for variable speed constant frequency WT generators, which can supply rotor voltage through rotor side converter, the rotor voltage .
6. Simulation Analysis
A simplified power grid that contains composite load and wind generator, as shown in Figure 3, is built in Matlab/Simulink to test the performance of the novel simplified asynchronous machine model with consideration of frequency characteristics. Tables 1 and 2 list the parameters of this simulation system. The power grid is an isolated power system with a 300 kW capacity. The load of this power grid comprises static load (ZIP) and asynchronous induction motor, which consume the total power output from the wind generator during normal operation. A synchronous generator is used as a phase converter to maintain system voltage. The capacitors with 75 kvar total capacity are used to supply reactive power.


The responses of the novel simplified thirdorder transient model of the asynchronous machine (both induction motor and wind generator) under a decrease in wind speed and electrical load fault are studied. During the disturbance, the output power of wind generator is fluctuate, as well as the consume power of motor machine. Power system will recover stability when the disturbance is clear. It cannot come to opposite conclusions with the two models.
6.1. Case A
In the first case, the initial load is assumed to be 200 kW, which increases suddenly to 300 kW in approximately 0.2 s, thereafter returning to 200 kW. Figure 4 shows that the system frequency decreases in response to the sudden increase in load and the derivative of frequency is shown in Figure 5. Subsequently, the system reaches a new stable operating point, and the frequency recovers slowly after an obvious fluctuation.
Figures 6, 7, 8, and 9 show a comparison between the output active and reactive power of the traditional simplified thirdorder transient model, novel simplified thirdorder transient model, and detailed Park model of induction motor and wind generator. As the load increases, the wind generator produces more active power and absorbs more reactive power. The output power of the novel simplified thirdorder transient model with consideration of the frequency is shown to be more accurate than that of the traditional simplified thirdorder transient model and almost matches that of the Park model.
Table 3 shows the accumulated errors between the traditional simplified thirdorder transient model and novel simplified thirdorder transient model compared with the detailed model (Park model). The error between the novel simplified transient model with consideration of the frequency and the detailed model is shown to be less than that between the traditional simplified transient model and the detailed model.

6.2. Case B
A wind speed disturbance is used to analyze the effect of frequency in the second case. To highlight the frequency fluctuation as a result of wind speed change, an assumed wind condition is used with a 10 m/s initial wind speed, which drops to 7 m/s and recovers to 10 m/s in 0.2 s, as shown in Figure 10. Figure 14 shows the output power of a WT generator. The figure also shows that the generated wind power decreases in response to the decrease in wind speed and the active power of the induction motor absorbed the decrease with a drop in voltage. Figure 11 shows that the system frequency decreases rapidly because of the unbalanced generation of active power and load and recovers slowly when the wind speed returns to 10 m/s.
Figures 12 to 15 show the comparison between the output active and reactive power of the traditional thirdorder transient model, novel simplified thirdorder transient model with consideration of the frequency, and detailed Park model of induction motor and wind generator. In the novel simplified thirdorder transient model with consideration of the frequency, the output of the induction motor and wind generator can better track the output of the detailed model (Park model). The active power error is less than the reactive power error (see Figures 13 and 15).
Table 4 shows that the accumulated error of active power and reactive power between the novel simplified thirdorder transient model (both induction motor and wind generator) and Park model is less.

7. Conclusions
A novel simplified thirdorder transient model with consideration of the frequency characteristics of an asynchronous machine is proposed in this paper. The new model focuses on the effects of frequency fluctuation on the power system dynamics. In the new definitions of variables, the voltages behind the reactance are redefined as the linear equation of flux linkage. As a result, the rotor voltage equation is not associated with the derivative terms of frequency. The novel transient model is applicable to the simulation of the power system dynamic with a significant change in frequency. Simulation results verify that the novel simplified thirdorder transient model is effective and can describe more accurately the dynamics of an asynchronous machine in contrast to the traditional simplified thirdorder transient model.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests.
Acknowledgments
This work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (51137002), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (10B10108), the Open Fund of Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Power Transmission & Distribution Equipment Technology (2011JSSPD11), the Open Fund of Changzhou Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic System Integration and Production Equipment Technology and The Science and Technology Foundation of Changzhou (CE20130043).
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