VU limit pre-assessment for high-speed railway considering a grid connection scheme

Yinyu Chen, Minwu Chen, Zhongbei Tian, Yuanli Liu, Stuart Hillmansen

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Single-phase 25 kV AC traction power supply systems (TPSSs) are widely used in high-speed railways, leading to an increasingly prominent problem of voltage unbalance (VU) in the power grid. To fairly regulate the system VU level, implementing VU limit pre-assessment is an urgent need. A grid connection scheme including traction transformer selection and exchange phase connection design is a vital part of TPSS design that obviously affects the VU factor of power systems. A uniform mathematical model is established using Thevenin's theorem, which reveals the impact of multiple grid connection schemes on the VU propagation behaviour of a three-phase grid. Afterwards, under the requirements of IEC/TR 61000-3-13, an improved VU limit pre-assessment process is proposed, which correlates mapping between the grid connection scheme and VU limit. The unbalance compensation calculation is given, adopting the allocation limit; furthermore, the optimal design of the grid connection scheme with minimised compensation capacity as an object is presented. The correctness of the model and the rationality of the pre-assessment process are verified by a case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1131
Number of pages11
JournalIET Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Issue number7
Early online date16 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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