Small-Signal Stability Analysis of Power Systems



Small-signal stability analysis is about power system stability when subject to small disturbances. If power system oscillations caused by small disturbances can be suppressed, such that the deviations of system state variables remain small for a long time, the power system is stable. On the contrary, if the magnitude of oscillations continues to increase or sustain indefinitely, the power system is unstable. Power system small-signal stability is affected by many factors, including initial operation conditions, strength of electrical connections among components in the power system, characteristics of various control devices, etc. Since it is inevitable that power system operation is subject to small disturbances, any power system that is unstable in terms of small-signal stability cannot operate in practice. In other words, a power system that is able to operate normally must first be stable in terms of small-signal stability. Hence, one of the principal tasks in power system analysis is to carry out small-signal stability analysis to assess the power system under the specified operating conditions.


Power System Torsional Oscillation Power System Stabilizer Hessenberg Matrix Interconnected Power System 
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