Jean Bélanger

Comparison between ARTEMIS 5th order Integration method used with the eMEGAsim Simulation Platform and the classical TUSTIN 2nd order method used in PSCAD and SimPowerSystems software

Publication date : Jul 2010
Paper File : TR10-30202-AR-1 eMEGAsim_vs_PSCAD_circuit_RLC_.pdf



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Jean Bélanger, Amine Yamane,

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Real-time simulation requires the use of fixed step integration methods, capable of achieving accuracy with a time step range larger than 10 μs to 100 μs, to enable the use of standard processors and IO systems. Simulation accuracy increases when the time step value decrease but the processing power and number of processors increase when the time step decreases. The choice of integration techniques is also important. Simulation specialists must therefore select the best integration technique and time step that will yield to acceptable results. This document provides a comparison between simulation results obtained by using a classical 2nd order Tustin integration solver (also known as the Trapezoidal method) and the ARTEMIS 5th Order integration Method). The TUSTIN 2nd order method uses two terms of the Taylor series of the exponential function, while ARTEMIS 5th order uses five terms. Tustin is used by conventional electrical simulation software using the nodal technique such as PSCAD and EMTP while SimPowerSystems and eMEGAsim use ARTEMIS 5th order method in addition to the TUSTIN method.

Real-Time Simulation Technologies in Education: a Link to Modern Engineering Methods and Practices

Publication date : Mar 2010
Paper File : 2010_Intertech_Dufour_RTLABApplications.pdf



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Jean Bélanger, Christian Dufour, Cacilda Andrade,

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This paper discusses industrial applications of real time simulation technologies and opportunities that exist to include them in modern engineering education curricula. Real-time simulators are used extensively in many engineering fields. As a consequence, the inclusion of simulation applications in academic curricula can provide great value to the student. Statistical power grid protection tests, aircraft design and simulation, motor drive controller design methods and space robot integration are a few examples of real-time simulator technology applications to be discussed in this paper.

Real-Time Simulation of Large-Scale Power Systems using EMTP-RV and Simulink/SimPowerSystems

Publication date : Mar 2010
Paper File : ECCE2009_paper-digest_Opal-RT_FINAL.pdf



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Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger,

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This paper presents a modern PC-based real-time simulator using the latest INTEL quad-core processors to simulate a relatively large power system. The performance of the simulator is evaluated by comparing the results of different contingencies in two different simulation environments. A large grid model built using the EMTP-RV software and simulated in real-time using the eMEGAsim platform’s EMTP-RT software tool is described. Comparisons between the off-line and the Real-Time simulations are made using superimposed steady-state and fault condition waveforms.

Booklet of electric applications and simulation examples

Publication date : Jul 2011
Paper File : Sim_Apps_Booklet.pdf



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Wei Li, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger,

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eMEGAsim and eDRIVEsim product information & simulation application examples

Monte-Carlo Study on a Large-Scale Power System Model in Real-Time using eMEGAsim

Publication date : Oct 2009
Paper File : ECCE2009_Opal-RT_paperID1802_Final.pdf



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Wei Li, Laurence A. Snider, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger, Claudio Pirolli,

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This paper describes a versatile, multi-domain, large power grid real-time digital simulator. Its ability to conduct multiple tests for protection coordination studies is described. A large grid model built using the EMTP-RV software and simulated in real-time using the eMEGAsim platform’s EMTP-RT software tool is described. A discussion and comparisons on the different solvers offered with both simulation environments are made. Comparisons between offline and Real-Time simulations are made using superimposed fault condition waveforms. Finally, multiple random tests are performed on the featured power system model and analyzed using the eMEGAsim simulator’s software package.

Real-Time Platform for the Control Prototyping and Simulation of Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Publication date : Jan 2010
Paper File : 2009_icmsao_RTsim_v2.pdf



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Simon Abourida, Jean Bélanger,

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The paper presents state-of-the-art technologies and platform for real-time simulation and control of motor drives, power converters and power systems. Through its support for Model-Based Design method with Simulink®, its powerful hardware (multi-core processors and FPGAs), and its specialized model libraries and solvers, this realtime simulator (RT-LAB™) enables the engineer and researcher to efficiently implement advanced control strategies on embedded hardware, or to conduct extensive testing of complex power electronics and real-time transient simulation of large power systems.

A Modern and Open Real-Time Digital Simulator of Contemporary Power Systems

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Paper File : EMTP-RT.pdf



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Wei Li, Laurence A. Snider, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger, Claudio Pirolli,

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This paper describes a versatile, multi-domain, real-time digital simulator of large power grids. Its capability to conduct multiple tests for protection coordination studies is described. A large grid model built using the EMTP-RV software and simulated in real-time using the eMEGAsim real-time digital simulator and EMTP-RT software tool is described. Comparisons between off-line and real-time simulations with different solvers are made using superimposed steady-state and fault condition waveforms. A multiple random tests application for protection coordination studies using eMEGAsim simulator’s built-in software TestDrive GUI and Python API scripting tool is described. The paper concludes with a discussion on the off-line, real-time and acceleration modes of simulation of the PC-based eMEGAsim simulator and its advantages for studies of modern power systems.

A Real-Time Regulator, Turbine and Alternator Test Bench for Ensuring Generators Under Test Contribute to Whole System Stability

Publication date : Jun 2009
Paper File : Tech_Paper-Final-IFAC_ PPPSC09-Opal-RT-060409.pdf



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Marc Soullière, Marc Langevin, Jean Bélanger,

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A new Test Bench for speed governors has been developed and successfully tested in a simulation laboratory and in a Hydro-Québec hydroelectric powerhouse. Equipped with a Real-Time Simulator, the RT-LAB BERTA Test Bench makes it possible to cause the speed governor and turbine to react as though they are operating in an islanded power system, while remaining connected to the main grid. This ensures that the generating unit under test actually contributes to the stability of the whole power system. On-site testing has demonstrated that previous speed governor settings which were thought to be very stable were in fact generating undesirable power oscillations. Through the use of the proposed Test Bench, more accurate settings can be made on-site without the need to conduct laborious analyses.

Real-Time Simulation of HVDC Systems with eMEGAsim

Publication date : May 2009
Paper File : RealTime_Simulation_of_HVDC_Systems_with_eMEGAsim_3rdEdition.pdf



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Wei Li, Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Jean Bélanger,

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This document provides users with benchmark models to evaluate the OPAL-RT Technologies system configuration needed to develop research models for the following three HVDC transmission systems: • Bipolar HVDC model, • Monopolar back-to-back HVDC system based on the First CIGRE benchmark for HVDC control studies [1], and • Multi-Terminal HVDC System. The controllers and protections implemented in these models are described. Simulation results with additional comments are provided to demonstrate the feasibility of these models. The studied systems are modeled in an environment that integrates Simulink/SimPowerSystems (SPS) with the eMEGAsim simulation platform, which incorporates the ARTEMiS software for solving of the real-time simulated model and the RTeDrive and RT-Events blocksets. This platform enables the simulation of increasingly large systems with real-time performance across multiple CPUs. Through the use of the TestDrive graphical user interface platform from OPAL-RT Technologies, it is also demonstrated that observing results and modifying parameters and conditions on a real-time simulated model is both easy and user friendly.

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