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Extreme water-hammer pressure during one-after-another load shedding in pumped-storage stations
Wuhan Univ, State Key Lab Water Resources & Hydropower Engn S, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
Wuhan Univ, State Key Lab Water Resources & Hydropower Engn S, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
Wuhan Univ, State Key Lab Water Resources & Hydropower Engn S, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
2016 (English)In: Renewable energy, ISSN 0960-1481, E-ISSN 1879-0682, Vol. 99, 35-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The intermittent and unpredictable wind and solar power leads to the frequent transient processing of pumped-storage stations, increasing the probability of load shedding. When one turbine sheds its load, the other turbines in the same hydraulic unit become overloaded and may shed their loads, which is referred to as a "one-after-another (OAA)" load-shedding process. An extremely high water-hammer pressure (WHP), namely, high spiral case pressure (SCP) or low draft tube pressure (DTP), may arise in this case, directly threatening the safety of the PSS. The objective of this study was to theoretically determine the hydraulic connections between the turbines and reveal the mechanism of the rapid rise in the WHP under the OAA load-shedding conditions. Theoretical derivations inferred that the drastic pressure changes in a trail shedding turbine (TST) are caused by the hydraulic connection with the lead shedding turbine (LST) in the S region. Furthermore, numerical simulations and model experiments were performed for the OAA load-shedding process, which confirmed the validity of the theoretical analysis. Finally, an analysis was conducted on the distribution of the water inertia in the upstream and downstream branch pipes, and engineering measures were proposed to guarantee the safe operation of PSS systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 99, 35-44 p.
Keyword [en]
Pumped-storage station, Pump-turbine, OAA load shedding, Transient pressure, Hydraulic connection, Model test
National Category
Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305290DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.06.030ISI: 000383811000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-305290DiVA: diva2:1038341
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2017-03-24
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1. Hydropower plants and power systems: Dynamic processes and control for stable and efficient operation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hydropower plants and power systems: Dynamic processes and control for stable and efficient operation
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As the largest global renewable source, hydropower shoulders a large portion of the regulation duty in many power systems. New challenges are emerging from variable renewable energy (VRE) sources, the increasing scale and complexity of hydropower plants (HPPs) and power grid. Stable and efficient operation of HPPs and their interaction with power systems is of great importance.

Theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and on-site measurement are adopted as main study methods in this thesis. Various numerical models of HPPs are established, with different degrees of complexity for different purposes. The majority of the analysis and results are based on eight HPPs in Sweden and China.

Stable operation (frequency stability and rotor angle stability) and efficient operation are two important goals. Regarding the stable operation, various operating conditions are analysed; the response time of primary frequency control (PFC) and the system stability of isolated operation are investigated. A fundamental study on hydraulic-mechanical-electrical coupling mechanisms for small signal stability of HPPs is conducted. A methodology is proposed to quantify the contribution to the damping of low frequency oscillations from hydraulic turbines. The oscillations, with periods ranging from less than one up to hundreds of seconds, are analysed.

Regarding the efficient operation, a description and an initial analysis of wear and tear of turbines are presented; a controller filter is proposed as a solution for wear reduction of turbines and maintaining the frequency quality of power systems; then the study is further extended by proposing a framework that combines technical plant operation with economic indicators, to obtain relative values of regulation burden and performance of PFC.

The results show that the coupling between the hydraulic-mechanical subsystem and the electrical subsystem can be considerable and should be considered with higher attention. Effectiveness and applicability of different numerical models are shown, supplying suggestions for further model optimization. For the influence from power systems on HPPs, the dynamic processes and corresponding control strategies of HPPs under diverse disturbances and requirements from power systems are addressed. For the influence from HPPs on power systems, quantifications of frequency quality and the hydraulic damping are conducted utilising proposed methodologies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017. 140 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1494
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-318470 (URN)978-91-554-9871-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-05-19, Polhemsalen, Ångtröm 10134, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-04-28 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2017-05-05

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