PAC World 2021

Learn about real-time simulation with experts from RTDS Technologies

Event Details

Dates: August 31 – September 1, 2021
Timezone: EDT (UTC-4)
Location: Virtual 

What to Expect

As Gold Sponsors of PAC World 2021, we look forward to connecting with you! Visit the RTDS Technologies booth to learn more about our technology, or attend our paper presentation with Dinesh Gurusinghe, our Simulation Engineer of Protection & Automation. Details below. 

"An Advanced Automation Tool for Testing Electrical
Performances of Phasor Measurement Units"

Recorded Paper 31
Authors: Dinesh Rangana Gurusinghe, Sachintha Kariyawasam, and Dean S. Ouellette (RTDS Technologies)

Presentation recording available during PAC World 2021.

Presentation Abstract

The current standard for synchrophasors, i.e. IEC/IEEE 60255-118-1:2018, specifies error limits to evaluate electrical performances of phasor measurement units (PMUs). However, the standard specifies neither test plans nor error calculation methods; leading to ambiguities in PMU testing as different test procedures and calculations may produce different test results for a given PMU. Therefore, the IEEE standards association conformity assessment program (IEEE-ICAP) published the test suite specification (TSS) to remove ambiguities in PMU testing. However, testing of a PMU according to the test plans prescribed in the IEEE-ICAP TSS is a challenge due to the number of measurements and calculations needed.

This paper introduces an automation tool for testing steady-state and dynamic electrical performances of PMUs according to the test plans prescribed in the latest TSS. The proposed testing tool is implemented as an integrated application in a digital real-time simulator (DRTS). The tool has the capability to generate numerous test signals from the DRTS, communicate with the PMU under test, capture synchrophasor measurements, calculate error quantities, and produce a summary report with a pass/fail assessment for a given PMU configuration. The presented PMU testing tool is applied to validate performances of a benchmark PMU model and physical PMUs from numerous vendors. This paper presents the features of the tool, test methodology used for testing PMUs and some interesting test results observed.

Keywords – Phasor measurement unit (PMU), PMU testing, synchrophasor standard, C37.118, total vector error, digital real-time digital simulator.

Speaker Bios

Man dressed in suit posses for a photographed headshot in front of a grey backdrop. Dinesh Rangana Gurusinghe
Simulation Engineer of Protection & Automation with RTDS Technologies

Bio: Dinesh Rangana Gurusinghe received the B.Sc. Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, the M.Eng. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, all in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he holds the BIT degree from the University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka and the M.Tech degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka. He has received many prestigious academic awards during his graduate studies.

He worked as an Electrical Engineer at Cruickshanks (now Balfour Beatty Engineering Services) Ceylon Ltd. and Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2008. Since 2015, he has been with RTDS Technologies Inc., Canada, where he is currently a Simulation Engineer. He is a Chartered Engineer in the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), a Registered Engineering Practitioner in the Engineering Council, Sri Lanka (ECSL), a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba, Canada and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA.

Dr. Gurusinghe has co-authored 25+ journal publications, conference papers and technical reports. His research interests include digital real-time simulation, power system protection and automation, power system stability and control, and power system optimization.

About PAC World

PAC World is a forum that brings together the community of electric power system’s Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) specialists is comprised of small groups, spread around the world. 

They can be found in an industrial facility, utility, consulting company, university or other various establishments. The PAC field is very specialized and going through significant changes — deregulation, downsizing, loss of expertise and changes in technology. 

The publishing of IEC 61850 – the standard for substation communications – is further revolutionizing our domain. We work in an ever- changing environment and it is clear that there is a need for a global forum, especially now with the global push for Smart Grids where protection, automation and control play a significant role.

 Learn more about PAC World 2021 here.