Bus Participation Factor Analysis for Harmonic Instability in Power Electronics Based Power Systems

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Compared with the conventional power systems, large-scale power electronics based power systems present a more complex situation, where harmonic instability may be induced by the mutual interactions between the inner control loops of the converters. This paper presents an approach to locate which power converters and buses are more sensitive and have significant contribution to the harmonic instability. In the approach, a power electronics based system is introduced as a Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) dynamic system by means of a dynamic admittance matrix. Bus Participation Factors (PFs) are calculated by the oscillatory mode sensitivity analysis versus the elements of the MIMO transfer function matrix. The PF analysis detects which power electronic converters or buses have a higher participation in harmonic instability excitation than others or at which buses such instability problems have a higher impact. In order to confirm the effectiveness of the presented approach, time-domain simulation results are provided for a 400-MW wind farm in PSCAD software environment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8310606
JournalI E E E Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)10341 - 10351
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Harmonic instability
  • power electronic based systems
  • participation factor (PF) analysis
  • sensitivity analysis

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