A Comparative Study of Interface Techniques for Transmission and Distribution Dynamic Co-Simulation

Qiuhua Huang, Renke Huang, Rui Fan, Jason Fuller Trevor Hardy, Zhenyu Henry Huang, Vijay Vittal

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Transmission and distribution (TD) dynamic co-simulation is a practical and effective approach to leverage existing simulation tools for transmission and distribution systems to simulate dynamic stability and performance of TD systems in a systematic manner. Given that these tools are developed as stand-alone programs and there are inherent differences between them, interface techniques become critical to "bridge" them. Two important unsolved questions are: 1) which interface technique is better and should be used, and 2) how the modeling and simulation capabilities in these tools that are available and can be exploited for co-simulation should be considered when selecting an interface technique. To address these questions, this paper presents a comparative study for different interface techniques that can be employed for TD dynamic co-simulation. The study provides insights into the pros and cons of each interface technique, and helps researchers make informed decisions on choosing the interface techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781538677032
StatePublished - Dec 21 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2018 - Portland, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2018Aug 10 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Other2018 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PESGM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Co-Simulation
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Interfacing Techniques
  • Transmission and Distribution System

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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