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Industrial/PhD Course:Application of Phasor Measurement Units for monitoring of power system And RTDS Technology


12.11.2018 kl. 08.30 - 14.11.2018 kl. 16.00



Associate Professor Filipe Faria da Silva, email: ffs@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University


Associate Professor Filipe Faria da Silva, email: ffs@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University
Postdoc Hesam Khazraj, email: hkh@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University



Under the supervision of the smart grid, online visualization of the power system states is highly demanded, due to the growing complexity of the operation of the power system networks. With the advent of the phasor measurement units (PMUs), which are much faster as compared to RTUs, the PMU measurements can be best utilized for the online visualization of the power system states. Additionally, with the introduction of real-time simulation tools, such as the Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS), real-time test and validation of the power system state estimation is achievable. Such simulations will provide the required confidence in the design of the state estimation and also validate its performance in a real-time environment.

This four-day course provides an overview and hands-on experience into the use of phasor measurement units in novel transmission power system network:

  • Motivation for Synchronized Measurements
  • Synchrophasor Fundamentals: PMU Measurements
  • Synchrophasor Fundamentals: Estimation
  • Synchrophasor Fundamentals: Setting PMU
  • Synchrophasor Fundamentals: Data Quality
  • Synchrophasor Fundamentals: Standards
  • PMU Applications
  • PMU-Based State estimation
  • PMU for Novel State estimations

The course will also focus on the applicability and practical implementation of the models, and cover the following main topics:

  • Overview of the principles of operation of the RTDS Simulator and an introduction to the electromagnetic transients algorithm used.
  • Introduction to the RSCAD software suite and its modules.
  • Build and run a number of power system simulation cases showing the capabilities and limitations of the RTDS Simulator.
  • Use of various I/O cards – GTAO, GTAI, GTDO, GTDI and GTFPI.
  • Introduction to developing an interface between an external protective relay and the RTDS Simulator for closed-loop testing.
  • Use RSCAD’s CBuilder module to create user defined component models.
  • Use scripts to automate the process of running simulation cases.
  • Use of RTDS’ GTNET hardware for GOOSE, Sampled Values and MMS Server applications.
  • Use of RTDS’ MMS Voyageur software for MMS Client applications.
  • Use of RTDS’ Protection and Automation Suite (MMS Server Simulator) software for MMS Server applications.


Degree in Electrical Power System or similar

Matlab/Simulink knowledge is recommended for the exercises.

Form of evaluation

Exercises during course. participate in 4 days course. At the end, participants have to do project works based on materials of the course. There are 4 groups (each group consists of 5 persons).

Group1: installing PMU based SE for IEEE 14 Bus

Group2: Dynamic state estimation for Voltage and Current of IEEE 9 Bus

Group3: Data Quality for IEEE 9 Bus system

Group4: Simulink to RSCAD (IEEE 9 Bus)




6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 1500 DKK for PhD students in Denmark, who are not from AAU. 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 103, room 4.112, 9220 Aalborg East.