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Load Flow Analysis by AllumiaX

Last updated: Sep 24, 2020

Load flow, also known as Power Flow Analysis, is an essential method to examine the problems occurring in the power systems network or grid.

Load flow Analysis is performed to determine the state of the equipment present in the network in order to ensure their operation within the specified limits. This study solves the steady operation state with node voltages and branch power flow in the power system.


Analysis of Power flow Study:

There are four quantities in a system node that are classified as the Voltage Magnitude, Phase Angle, Real and Reactive Power. While defining the system nodes, we consider three types of buses.

The buses and quantities are correlated with each other. The buses are named as Load bus, Generator bus and Slack bus.

The buses with no generators are load bus (P-Q bus). Here, V and θ are unknown whereas the real and reactive power are known.

In Generator bus (P-V bus), Q and θ are unknownAt this bus the magnitude of the voltage is kept constant and the real power is provided by the prime mover of the generator.

Slack bus is also known as reference bus. The voltage is fixed in both magnitude and phase where P and Q are unknown.

How to calculate Load flow?

To calculate load flow, there are 3 techniques out of which two are the most common.

  1. Gauss Seidel Method                
  2. Newton Raphson Method           
  3. Fast Decoupled Method
  Guass-Seidel Newton-Raphson Fast-Decoupled
Complexity Easy Complex Less Complex
Sensitivity Not Available Available Available
System Size Can be Challenging in large system Suitable for all sizes Suitable for all sizes
Accuracy Good Best Average
Load flow studies are one of the most important aspects of power system planning and operation.Check out Power System Analysis Fundamentals Course in which we briefly discussed "Power Flow Equations". 

Load Flow by Allumiax

AllumiaX, LLC is a Seattle based Power Systems Engineering and Consulting company with a group of talented and hardworking engineers, always ready to serve their clients. .

We perform load flow studies for industrial and commercial facilities as per our client's requirements.

Our professional engineers have the expertise to examine and analyze the Electrical Power Systems using advance modelling tools and softwares.

We perform the load flow studies by acquiring the data from the client. The TCC curves are built along with the load flow, short circuit, equipment evaluation and arc flash studies where the model is examined to ensure our requirements are being met. 

We provide protective device recommendations for the overloaded conditions. Lastly, all the recommendations, model, TCC curves and short circuit reports are assembled in a detailed report.

At AllumiaX, you can inquire for a quote any time and we will respond promptly within 12 hours. Our team will coordinate with you regarding any queries and have your required studies completed as soon as possible.

Should you have any queries regarding any of our services, please feel free to reach out. We would be glad to serve you, anytime!


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