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Manitoba HVDC Research Centre Inc.

244 Cree Crescent

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3J 3W1
T 204 989 1240 F 204 989 1277
Training Course Outline

Modeling and Applications of FACTS Devices


This course will cover the fundamental theory of FACTS devices. Tutorial examples will be used to
discuss the simulation and modeling of such devices in a power system environment.


Practicing engineers, power system consultants, and graduate level students involved in design,
planning, and operation of power systems.

1. Introduction
• Installing PSCAD/EMTDC
• Introduction to PSCAD and the fundamentals of Electromagnetic Transient Simulation
• Introduction: FACTS concept and FACTS devices
o FACTS topologies
o Operating principles
o Voltage reference and current reference pulse width modulation

2. Getting Started: Tutorials

• Single Phase TCR (Thyristor controlled reactor) example
o Creating a simple case in PSCAD
o Models in the master library
o Theory and key features

3. Static VAR Compensator (SVC)

• Theory and operation
• SVC Topologies and Device Level Controls
• Applications
• Simulation example
• Application example of mid-line compensation to increase power transfer
• Filters
• Unbalanced load, implications of harmonics
• System Level Controls
o Parallel operation/droop setting
o Specialized system controllers, damping controls

4. Application example/exercise: Voltage dip mitigation during start-up of a small wind turbine generator

5. Voltage sourced converter based compensators: Part-1: Static Synchronous Compensator-

• PWM based firing control example
o Generating a reference signal (PLL, VCO…)
o Carrier frequency, modulation index and the DC link voltage
• Theory and operation of VSC Converters
• Topologies and control schemes
• Applications
• Simulation example

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6. Application Examples
• Reactive power compensation for voltage regulation in a network
• Control of Arc Furnace Flicker

7. Power electronic switching loss considerations and modeling (time permitting)

8. Active Filters
• Theory and operation
• Topologies and control schemes
• Applications
• Simulation example

9. Application examples
• Harmonic elimination
• Unbalanced load compensation

10. Thyristor controlled series capacitor/compensator (TCSC) (Brief Introduction)

• Theory and operation
• Control system and feasible operating range
• Applications
• Simulation example (Damping control example (if time permits))

11. Voltage Sourced Converter Based Compensators: Part-2: Unified power flow controller (UPFC)
• Static Synchronous Series Compensator (SSSC)
• Basic operation of an UPFC

12. Application examples (Selected topics based on time and class interest)
• Compensation of Large compressor load
• Voltage stability
• VSC based HVDC Transmission
• Distributed energy system example

Course instruction will be provided by a simulation and application expert from the team of PSCAD
Support Engineers.

• For courses at our office, we will provide a computer (if required), workbook with tutorial
examples, and PSCAD V4 for use during the course.
• Lunches are provided on site.
• Hotel accommodations and local travel are the responsibility of the student. Contact us for a list
of local accommodations.
• A minimum enrolment is required. Students will be notified two weeks prior to commencement if
the course is cancelled.

Please contact us if you have any questions, if you would like a quotation, or if you would like register for
this course. You can reach us by telephone +1-204-989-1240, fax +1-204-989-1277, or email

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