Ray , Pravat Kumar

Signal Processing and Soft Computing Approaches to Power Signal Frequency and Harmonics Estimation - 2011 - 261 p.

Frequency and Harmonics are two important
parameters for power system control and
protection, power system relaying, power qua
lity monitoring, operation and control of
electrical equipments. Some existing appro
aches of frequency and harmonics estimation
are Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), Least
Square (LS), Least Mean Square (LMS),
Recursive Least Square (RLS), Kalman Filte
ring (KF), Soft Computing Techniques such
as Neural Networks and Ge
netic Algorithms etc. FFT ba
sed technique suffers from
leakage effect i.e. an effect in the frequenc
y analysis of finite length signals and the
performance is highly degraded while estim
ating inter-harmonics and sub-harmonics
including frequency deviations. Recursive estim
ation is not possible in case of LS. LMS
provides poor estimation performance owi
ng to its poor convergence rate as the
adaptation step-size is fixed. In
case of RLS and KF, suitable in
itial choice of covariance
matrix and gain leading to faster convergence
on Mean Square Error is difficult. Initial
choice of Weight vector and learning paramete
r affect the convergence characteristic of
neural estimator. Genetic based algor
ithms takes more time for convergence.
To achieve faster convergence and more accuracy
in estimation, in this thesis a Variable
Leaky Least Mean Square (VL-LMS) is propos
ed for frequency estimation. The proposed
approach uses a variable leak adjustment t
echnique to avoid drifting of the parameters
involved in the estimation mechanism. A
variable adaptation step-size is also
incorporated in the algorithm to yield fa
ster convergence. The performance of the
proposed algorithm is studied through simulatio
ns and on experimental data for several
critical cases such as in presence of
noise, jump in frequency, harmonics and sub-
harmonics and inter-harmonics that often ar
ise in a power system
. These studies show
that the VLLMS algorithm is superior to the existing ones in estimating power system
Subsequently, a nonlinear state estimation t
echnique for estimation of harmonics, inter-
harmonics and sub-harmonics based on Ensemb
le Kalman Filtering (EnKF) is proposed.
This algorithm is suitable for problems havi
ng more numbers of variables. In harmonics
estimation problem, there are twelve unknown va
riables for distorted
signal containing
noise and d.c. offsets. EnKFs represent the distribution of power sy
stem states using a
collection of state vectors known as ensemb
le, which replaces the covariance matrix by
sample covariance computed from ensemble. The proposed EnKF estimation technique
accurately estimates the harmonics, sub-ha
rmonics and inter-harmonics including
possible variations in amplitude in the time
domain signal. Further, performance of the
proposed EnKF method is compared with exis
ting techniques such as Least Mean Square
(LMS), Recursive Least Square (RLS), R
ecursive Least Mean Square (RLMS) and
Kalman Filter (KF) algorithms, and it provide
s highly improved results with respect to
tracking time and accuracy.
The thesis also proposed four hybrid estim
ation algorithms such as KF-Adaline, RLS-
Adaline and RLS-BFO (Bacterial Foraging Op
timization), Adaline-BFO, for estimation
of power system frequency and harmonics.
In case of KF-Adaline and RLS-Adaline,
weights of the Adaline are updated using KF
and RLS algorithm(s). Efficacies of the
above hybrid estimation algorithms have been
studied through simulation on numerical
and experimental data that in terms of es
timation accuracy, processing and tracking time,
KF-Adaline outperforms RLS-Adaline. In this
thesis, the proposed hybrid approaches to
power system frequency and harmonics esti
mation first optimize the unknown parameters
of the regressor of the input
power system signal exploiting evolutionary optimization
approach (BFO) and then RLS or Adaline are
applied for achieving faster convergence in
estimating the frequency and harm
onics of distorted signal.
The estimation achieved by application of the proposed estimation approaches are
exploited to design a Hybrid Active Power
Filter (HAPF) for ach
ieving pure sinusoidal
signal. A HAPF has been proposed that us
es modified PWM control technique for
elimination of harmonics in distorted power sy
stem signals. This filter uses the estimation
obtained from KF-Adaline approach. The m
odified PWM control
technique used in
HAPF is based on comparing simultaneously
a triangular high fre
quency carrier signal
with a controlling signal and its 180
out of phase signal. A
laboratory prototype for
HAPF with modified PWM control is develope
d for harmonics elimination in a distorted
power system signal arising due
to rectifier load. Simulation and experimentation are
performed to verify the efficacy of the m
odified PWM control based HAPF. The above
designed HAPF exhibits better filtering ability
as compared to passive and active filters.

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