Modeling and Simulation of a Distribution STATCOM using Sirnulink’s Power System Blockset Simulation Projects  



This paper presents a study on the modeling of a STAT-COM (Static Synchronous Compensator) used for reactive power compensation on a distribution network. The power circuits of the D-STATCOM and the distribution network are modeled by specific blocks from the Power System Blockset while the control system is modeled by Simulink blocks. Static and dynamic performance of a E3 Mvar D-STATCOM on a 25-kV network is evaluated. An “average modeling” approach is proposed to simplify the PWM inverter operation and to accelerate the simulation for control parameters adjusting purpose. Simulation performance obtained with both modeling approaches are presented and compared.




Fig. 1. The cascade H-bridge converter based DSTATCOM.


Fig. 2 Waveforms illustrating the D-STATCOM dynamic performance.

Fig. 3 Voltage and current waveforms during the change from inductive to capacitive operation at t = 0.2 s.

Fig. 4 Comparison between responses of detailed and average models for a step change in the network internal voltage. 


A detailed model of a D-STATCOM has been developed for use in Simulink environment with the Power System Blockset. Models of both power circuit and control system have been implemented in the same Simulink diagram allowing smooth simulation. Two modeling approaches (device and average modeling) have been presented and applied to the case of a +3Mvar D-STATCOM connected to a 25-kV distribution network. The obtained simulation results have demonstrated the validity of the developed models. Average modeling allows a faster simulation which is well suited to controller tuning purposes.


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