Interconnected Synchronous Generators

Interconnected Synchronous Generators

The study of interconnection of several synchronous generators is important because of the following main reasons:

1. Since the demand of electricity varies during a day, also during the various seasons in a year, a modern power station employs two or more units so that one or more alternators can supply power efficiently according to the need. Installation of a single generator of capacity equal to the installed capacity of a station will be uneconomic, as such a
generator will have to be run at a reduced load for certain periods of the day, and also building of such a generator is difficult proposition. Further, routine maintenance requires a unit to be shut down for a certain period of time and as such the capacity requirement of the stand by unit in a power station with several alternators is less.

2. Connections of several stations by a grid is economic and advantageous. This reduces the installed capacity of the stand by unit considerably, and enables economic distributions of load between several stations. Also, in a country like India, where considerable amount of power is generated by harnessing water power,parallel operation of steam
and hydro-stations is essential to maintain continuity of supply throughout the year and also to ensure the maximum utilization of water power resources.

Load Sharing:-

For alternators in parallel, change in field excitation will mainly change the operating power factor of the generator and has primarily no effect on the active power delivered by the generators (change in power factor will change the total current of an alternator thereby changing copper loss. The output active power will alter through a very small amount). The control of active power shared between alternators is affected by changing the input power to the prime mover. For example, in a thermal power station: having alternators driven by steam turbines, an increase of throttle opening and thus allowing more steam into the turbine will increase the power input; in a hydro station, the power input is controlled by water inlet into the turbine. The prime-mover, speed-load characteristics thus deter-mine the load sharing between the alternators.

Consider for simplicity, a two machine case, consisting of two non-salient pole synchronous machines (generators) 1 and 2 respectively coupled to prime-movers 1 and 2 shows the speed-load characteristics of the prime- movers. Assume that initially the two generators share equal active power and it is now required to transfer a certain amount
of power from unit 1 to unit 2, the total power remaining constant.

The initial operating points are indicated on the characteristic by points b and c, the busbar speed (or frequency) being given by the point a. The load on each machine is PL. the total load being 2PL. To reduce the load on unit 1, its input is decreased (by reducing the throttle opening) so that the prime-mover characteristic is now given by 1. The total load being constant, the loads shared by the machines are

Machine 1 PL1,
Machine 2

the total load being PL1 +PL2 = 2PL, and the bus frequency given by the point d is reduced. To maintain the bus frequency constant at its original value (given by point a) the input to unit 2 must be suitably increased so that its speed-load characteristic is given by 2. The final load sharing is thus given by

Machine 1PL1, Machine 2 PL2


PL1 + PL2 = 2PL

Generator Input and Output:-

For any load conditions represented the output per phase is P = V I cos φ. The electrical power converted from mechanical power input is per phase

P1 = EI cos(φ + σ)

Resolving E along I  

P1 = EI cos(φ + δ) = V I cos φ + Ir.I = V I cos φ + I2r

The electrical input is thus the output plus the I2R loss, as might be expected. The prime mover must naturally supply also the friction, windage and core losses, which do not appearThe electrical input is thus the output plus the I2R loss, as might be expected. The prime in the complexor diagram.

For a given load current I at external phase-angle φ to V , the magnitude and phase of are determined by Zs The impedance angle θ is arc tan(x3/r).

  I = (E V )zs = (Eδ V/0)/zs/θ
= (
E/zs)(δ θ) (V/zs)θ

when referred to the datum direction V = V θ Converting to the rectangular form:

                                       I = (E/zs)[cos(θ δ) j sin(θ δ)] (V/Zs)[cos θ j sin θ]

                                     E/Zcos(θ δ) V/Zcos θ] + j[ E/Zsin(θ δ) V/Zsin θ].

These components represent I cos φ and I sin φ. The power converted internally is the sum of the corresponding components of the current with E cos δ and E sin δ, to give P1 E cos(φ + δ):

   P1 = E cos δ[(E/Zs) cos(θ δ) (V/Zs) cos θ]
E sin δ[(E/Zs) sin(θ δ)(V/Zs) sin θ]
E[(E/Zs) cos θ] E[(V/Zs) cos(θ + δ)]
= (
E/Zs)[E cos θ V cos(θ + δ)] perphase

The output power is V I cos φ, which is given similarly by
P = (V/Zs)[E cos(θ δ) V cos θ] perphase

In large machines the resistance is small compared with the synchronous reactance so that θ = arc tan(xs/r) 90. the simplify to P1 = P, where
P = P1 = E cos(θ + δ) (E/Xs)V sin δ

Thus the power developed by a synchronous machine with given values of E, V and Zs, is proportional to sin δ or, for small angles, to δ itself. The displacement angle δ represents the change in relative position between the rotor and resultant pole-axes and sis proportional to the load power.

The term load-, power- or torque-angle may be applied to δ. An obvious deduction from is that the greater the field excitation (corresponding to E), the greater is the output per unit angle δ; that is, the more stable will be the operation.

Synchronous Machine on Infinite Bus-bars:-

So far we have discussed the behavior of a synchronous generator or a pair of synchronous generator supplying a single concentrated load. In view of the tremendous increase in the size of interconnected transmission and distri-bution systems in the last few decades, and the power generation is contracted at a few large power stations. The generating plant capacity is of a few hundred or thousand MVAs. In such a plant several generators (of say a few hundred 100 kvAs each) will be operated in parallel. Not all of them will be operating simultaneously as we may not have the demand for the total c dapacity of the plant all the time. Assume the behaviour of a single machine connected to this type of a large generating plant is not likely to disturb the voltage and frequency provided the rating of the machine is only a fraction of the total capacity of the generating plant. In the limit,

we may presume that the generating plant maintains an invariable voltage and frequency at all points.In other words a network has zero impedance and infinite rotational inertia. A synchronous machine connected to such a network is said to be operating on infinite bus-bars.

As such, we can expect that, characteristics of a synchronous generator on infinite bus-bars are going to be quite different from those when it operates on its own concentrated load. As already described, a change in the excitation changes the terminal voltage, while the power factor is determined by the load, supplied by the stand alone synchronous generator. On the other hand, no alteration of the excitation can change the terminal voltage, (which is fixed by the network) when it is connected to bus bars, the power factor, however, is affected. In both cases the power developed by a generator depends on the mechanical power supplied. Likewise the electrical power received by a motor depends on the mechanical load applied at its shaft.

Practically all synchronous motors and generators in normal industrial use on large power supply systems can be considered as connected to infinite bus-bars, the former because they are relatively small, the latter on account of the modern automatic voltage regulators for keeping the voltage practical, constant at all loads. The behaviour of the synchronous machine connected to infinite bus bars can be easily described from the electrical load diagram of a synchronous generator.

Basis for Drawing The General Load Diagram:-

Consider a synchronous machine connected to infinite bus bars (of constant-voltage, constant frequency) of phase voltage V. Let the machine run on no load with mechanical and core losses only supplied. If the e.m.f. E be adjusted to equality with V , no current will flow into or out of the armature on account of the exact balance between the e.m.f. and the busbar voltage. This will be the case when a synchronous generator is just parallel to infinite
bus bar. If the excitation,
If is reduced, machine E will tend to be less than V , so that a leading current Ir will flow which will add to the field ampere-turns due to direct magnetizing effect of armature reaction. Under the assumption of constant synchronous impedance, this is taken into account by IrZs as the difference between E and V .

The current Ir must be completely reactive because the machine is on no-load and no electrical power is being supplied to or by the machine, as it is on no-load. If now the excitation be increased, E will tend to be greater than V . A current will therefore be circulated in the armature circuit, this time a lagging current which will reduce the net excitation due to the demagnetizing effect of armature reaction so that the machine will again generates a voltage equal to that of the constant bus-bar voltage. The synchronous impedance drop IrZs is, as before, the difference between E and V , and there should be only a zero-power-factor lagging current, as the machine is running on no-load.





Suppose the machine to be supplied with full-load mechanical power. Then as a generator it must produce the equivalent in electrical power: i.e. the output current must have an active component Iaa corresponding to full-load electrical power. For an output at exactly unity power factor, the excitation must be adjusted so that the voltage triangle E, V, IaZs, satisfies the conditions required. If the excitation be reduced, a magnetizing reactive component is supplied in addition, i.e. a leading current Iar, which assists the field winding to produce the necessary flux. If the machine is over excited, a lagging reactive demagnetizing current component is supplied, in addition to the constant power component.

The IZs drop has been added in components corresponding to the current components Iaa and Iar. For all three diagrams of, Iaa and IaaZs are constant, since the electrical power supplied is constant. Only the component IaaZs (and therefore Iar) varies with the excitation. Thus the excitation controls only the power factor of the current










supplied by the generator to the infinite bus-bars and not the active power.

From this diagram for different excitations, we can see that the extremities of the phasor of E (indicated by dots) are seen to lie on the straight line shown dashed. Since all three diagrams refer to full-load power, the dotted line becomes the locus of E and of the excitation, to scale for constant power output. This is the basis of the electrical load







A generator working-on infinite bus-bars will become a motor if its excitation is maintained and the prime mover replaced by a mechanical load. The change in the phasor of Iis shown in the phasor diagrams (a and b). V is the output voltage of the machine, furnished by the e.m.f generated. For the motor, the current is in phaseopposition to V, since it is forced into the machine against the output voltage. For convenience, the supply voltage V1 (equal and opposite to V ) may be used when the motor is considered. The retarded angle δ of E or E is descriptive of the fact that when the shaft of the machine is loaded, it falls slightly relative to the stator rotating field in order to develop the torque, required by the load.

Thus, the power-angle δ, plays an important role in the operation of a synchronous machine. Changes in load or excitation change its magnitude. When a machine alters from generator to motor action, δ reverses; and when δ is caused to increase excessively, the machine becomes unstable.

Electrical Load Diagram:- 

The phasor V represents the constant voltage of the infinite bus-bars. At the extremity of V is drawn an axis showing the direction of the IaZs drops—i.e. the voltage drops for unity-power-factor output currents. This axis must be drawn at the angle θ = arc tan(Xs/r) to V , to scale along the axis is a distance corresponding to, say, full load at unity power factor. At this point a line is drawn at right angles to the axis. It is the locus of the E values for constant power, or constant-electricalpower line. Other parallel lines are drawn for other loads, one through the extremity of itself corresponding to zero power output, others on the right-hand side of V corresponding to negative power output, i.e. input to the machine as a motor.







Consider the full-load unity-power- factor case in and multiply each complex voltage by the constant (V/Zs). This gives the inset, from which V I = P = mp = mn np. Now mn = (EV/Zs) sin(90θ + δ) and np = (V 2/Zs) cos θ, so that P is given directly by equ.

If the excitation be fixed, the extremity of the e.m.f. vector E, will have a circular locus as indicated by the circular arcs struck with O as centre. Taking 1.0 per unit E as that for which E = V on no load and no current, the per-unit excitation for any other loading condition can be found from the diagram. Thus with 1.5 per unit excitation, the
machine will work on full-load power as a generator with a power factor of cos 8
lagging; on half-fun-load power with a power factor of cos 42lagging; and on zero power output with a power-factor of zero lagging, as shown by the lines pa, pb and pc. The variation of the power output (controlled by the input from the prime mover in the case of a generator and by the load applied to the shaft for a motor) with constant excitation is thl1S accompanied by changes in the load power factor.

If the generator be provided with greater mechanical power with say, 150 per cent (or 1.5 per unit) excitation, then the output power increases with reducing power factor from lagging values until, with an output (for this case) of 1.2 per unit power, the power factor becomes unity. Thereafter the power increases with a reducing power factornow leading. Finally the excitation will not include any more constant-power lines, for the circle of its locus becomes tangential to these. If more power is supplied by the prime mover, the generator will be forced to rise out of step, and synchronous running will be lost. The maximum power that can be generated is indicated by intercepts on the limit of stability. The typical point Pemax on the left of the load diagram is for an excitation of 1.5 per Unit. 

If a motor is mechanically overloaded it will fall out of step, because of its limited electrical power intake. The point Pemax in the motor region again corresponds to 1.5 per unit excitation, and all such points again lie on the limiting-stability line. This maximum power input includes I2R loss, and the remainder-the mechanical power output-in
fact becomes itself limited before maximum electrical input can be attained.

O-Curves and V -Curves:-

The current loci in are continued below the base line for generator operation. The horizontal lines of constant mechanical power are now constant input (from the prime mover) and a departure from unity-power-factor working, giving increased currents, increases the I2R loss and lowers the available electrical output. The whole system of lines depends, of course, on constant bus-bar voltage. The circular current loci are called the O – curves for






constant mechanical power. Any point P on the diagram, fixed by the percentage excitation and load, gives by the line OP the current to scale in magnitude and phase. Directly from the O-curves, the V -curves, relating armature current and excitation for various constant mechanical loads can be derived.

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