A User-Friendly Simulation Program for Teaching Power System Operations

Thomas J. Overbye, Peter W. Sauer, Caroline M. Marzinzik, George Gross

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This paper describes a user-friendly power simulation program for teaching power system operations and control. The motivation for the development of the program is to provide students with a simple and useable tool for gaining an intuitive feel for power system operations. This Microsoft Windows™ based program simulates power system operation over a specified time period (of typically several hours to a day). Students dynamically interact with the simulated system through various windows, including a one-line display. The use of data files and option windows allows the program to simulate a wide variety of different power systems and operating problems. Efficient programming results in a modest program size ' of just 450k, allowing for easy distribution to students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1725-1733
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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