PDS Lab - Facility

Hardware & Software

We are in the process of expanding the facility for power disturbances and signaling research and learning. The following facilities are currently available for graduate students:

  • Nicolet data acquisition system
  • Labview based data acquisition systems including the new CompactRIO units (15 plus units are available for lab and field measurements)
  • Several power quality monitors (RPM, MiniAQ0, PML, Fluke etc.)
  • Experimental instruments (Fluke meters, digital scopes, power supplies. Etc.)
  • Various experimental platforms (electric machines, disturbance sources etc.)
  • Each researcher is equipped with one PC

Power engineering software packages available for research and learning include:

  • MicroTran EMTP program
  • PSCAD (EMTDC)
  • ATP
  • PSAPAC (from Powertech Labs Inc. and US EPRI)
  • Multiphase Harmonic and Load Flow Analysis Program
  • PSA-D Three-phase Distribution System Analysis Program
  • PSS/E
  • ETAP

Books & Other Internal Resources

PDS Lab also has its own library of books to facilitate the work and study of its members. Researchers recommend books useful for their courses and research. The Lab purchase them and make them available to all members. Current book list can be found here.

How to use the internal resources

Any PDS Lab member can contact the person in charge in order to use a software, hardware, book, or any other internal resource.

Field tests

Most of our experimental research works are conducted through field tests supported by Canadian power industry. Students are encouraged to attend field tests even if the test project is not directly related to his/her research topics.

The following pictures show the collection of field data from a substation and a feeder point. The data are used to evaluate and improve the disturbance source detection algorithms.

The following pictures show the measurement of power quality data for commercial and residential facilities. The data help to establish modeling for distributed harmonic sources.

The following pictures show the measurement of harmonics from a group residential loads. A 25kV to 120V distribution transformer is monitored. The results help us to understand how the harmonics from each houses add and cancel each others.

The following pictures show the field test of a power signaling based anti-islanding device in the ATCO Electric and Manitoba Hydro systems.