Slow Coherency-Based Islanding

Haibo You, Vijay Vittal, Xiaoming Wang

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This paper provides the analytical basis for an application of slow coherency theory to the design of an islanding scheme, which is employed as an important part of a corrective control strategy to deal with large disturbances [1]. The analysis is conducted under varying networks conditions and loading conditions. The results indicate that the slow coherency based grouping is almost insensitive to locations and severity of the initial faults. However, because of the loosely coherent generators and physical constraints the islands formed change slightly based on location and severity of the disturbance, and loading conditions. A detailed description of the procedure to form the islands after having determined the grouping of generators using slow coherency is presented. The verification of the islanding scheme is proven with simulations on a 179-bus, 29-generator test system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-491
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Determination of islands
  • Nonlinear verification of grouping
  • Sensitivity to loading conditions and network configuration
  • Slow coherency-based grouping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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