GPU platforms for highly parallel EMT simulation - Year 2

A parallelized electromagnetic transient (EMT) simulation tool for power system transients will be developed in this research to accelerate the internal computation process. An EMT simulator uses a highly detailed representation for the Electromagnetic transient (EMT) simulation is a widely used and most accurate tool for power systems network simulations. EMT simulation is very important for various design, testing and analysis of power systems networks involved in generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy.

GPU platforms for highly parallel EMT simulation

A parallelized electromagnetic transient (EMT) simulation tool for power system transients will be developed in this research to accelerate the internal computation process. An EMT simulator uses a highly detailed representation for the power systems components. Conventional EMT simulators typically execute sequentially on a single processor; and computational effort increases significantly with network size. Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) have massively parallel architecture and can accelerate EMT simulation. The investigator’s recent Ph.D.

Reliability Modeling and Assessment of Power Systems Containing HVdc Links

The increased utilization of HVdc technology around the world has created the need for evaluating the reliability of power systems that contains HVdc facilities. For example, if the generation system is remote and it is connected to the load centre through HVdc links, the transmission may have a significant impact on the overall system reliability performance. Most of the research described in the existing literature focus on analyses of simple example power systems to illustrate the concepts, models and techniques in probabilistic reliability assessment of HVdc systems.

Parallel Electromagnetic Transients Simulation UsingExtended-Frequency Dynamic Phasors

This internship aims to develop a new computer method for simulation of large electric power systems. Simulation of these systems is challenging due to their complexity and size, which translates into massive computational loads. The new simulation method will be faster by using parallel computing, will be more customizable than existing methods, and will assist power system designers and operators to gain deeper insight into the operation of the power grid.

Parallel intelligent multiple-run facility for optimal design of power systems

The research aims to develop a new computer algorithm for automating simulations of complex power systems when simulations are used for design. The new algorithm will be able to find multiple optimal solutions, which will give the designer the ability to scrutinize and select the most suited option. Additionally the algorithm will be parallel in nature, which means it can be executed simultaneously and in unison on several computing machines.

Hardware-in-Loop Simulation and Test Facility for Re-Purposed Battery Energy Storage Systems

Hybrid vehicles have been in use for well over a decade now and have gained momentum in popularity ever since. When these vehicles reach their end of life, their battery packs often have a considerable amount of residual life. Although their state-of-health may not be suitable for vehicular application any longer, they can be re-used in a different setting where they can store and provide energy for remote and off-grid loads such as small communities in the North.

Design Cycle for power electronic systems: from simulation to hardware implementation

Industrial Systems have become increasingly complex and hence their design requires extensive new tools and techniques. Computers and computer simulations play an important role in helping the design engineers in finding suitable solutions to the design of modern industrial systems. This Mitacs-Accelerate internship aims to improve the methods and techniques used in the computer aided design of power electronic systems incorporating optimization and combining it with a simulation program.

Real-time Transient Classification System

Modern society is highly dependant on electricity; large scale blackouts can cost billions of dollars. High-voltage power transmission systems that transmit electricity from the generating stations to load centres could be subjected to a variety of disturbances such as faults, lightening strikes etc. These transmission systems must be protected against faults using suitable protective equipment to ensure the safety of equipment and people.

Advanced Modulation Techniques for Power Converters and Vehicle Propulsion Systems

The HVDC Research Centre performs innovative research and development in high-voltage DC (HVDC) and power electronic technologies, instrumentation and simulation. HVDC is committed to finding new methods to improve efficiency in equipment usage and electric power flow. One such application is conversion and shaping of voltage waveforms, which is generally referred to as “modulation”.