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Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, December 23 - 25, 2014

Modeling and Simulation of Integrated SVC and EAF


using MATLAB & ETAP
Ahmed M. Hassan Tarek El-Shennawy Amr Abou-Ghazala
Al-Ezz Dekheila Steel Alexandria National Refining and Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of
Co.(EZDK) Petrochemicals Co. (ANRPC) Engineering, Alexandria University
Alexandria 21537Egypt Alexandria 23111 Egypt Alexandria 21544 Egypt
ahmedh@ezzsteel.com.eg tshennawy@yahoo.com a.ghazala@electroopower.com

Abstract— Electric Arc furnace (EAF) represents one of the most general approaches to the problem of arc furnace modeling:
intensive and disturbing loads in the electric power system. Utilities stochastic and chaotic. In most of the previous studies, stochastic
are concerned about the effects such load can cause and try to take ideas are used to capture the periodic, nonlinear, and time-
precautions to minimize these effects. Therefore, an accurate model varying behavior of arc furnaces [4-6]. In [4], the arc furnace
of an arc furnace is needed to test and verify proposed solutions of
load is modeled as a voltage source. The model is based on
mitigation. One of the most important solutions for the voltage
fluctuations mitigation is the Static Var Compensator (SVC). This representation of the V-I characteristics using sinusoidal
study presents the results where arc furnace is modeled using both variations of arc resistance and band limited white noise.
chaotic and deterministic elements. Voltage fluctuations are Research study shows that, the electrical fluctuations in the
captured using the well-studied circuit whereas a dynamic model in arc furnace voltage have proven to be chaotic in nature. Some
the form of differential equation is used for the electric arc. A more chaos-based models reported in specialized literature [7-8] have
accurate simulation of developed model is done in Sim-Power- been applied to simulate ac [9-10] and dc arc furnaces [11].
System environment of the MATLAB 7.12 Version and This paper intends to present an integrated simulation
Electromagnetic Transient Analysis Program (ETAP) for Main
modeling of EAF and SVC networks instead of using single
Receiving Substation (MRSS) of EZDK.
valued piece-wise linear V-I characteristics of the arc furnace
Keywords-component— Electric Arc Furnace, Static Var load, a dynamic and multi-valued V-I characteristics are obtained
Compensator, Harmonic Analysis, Power Quality, Flicker by using corresponding differential equations [10]. The output of
Mitigation, MATLAB, ETAP dynamic model developed is modulated with low frequency
chaos signal to produce the arc furnace model. The model
I. INTRODUCTION developed is connected to actual power system model to study
Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) is a widely used device in the voltage fluctuation.
metallurgical and processing industries. It is a nonlinear time The paper is organized as follows; Section II introduces the
varying load, which can cause many problems to the power modeling of EAF. Section III discusses the SVC theory of
system quality such as unbalance, harmonic inter harmonic and operation and background history. Section IV describes the Case
voltage flicker [1]. Thus study of electric arc furnaces has Study for Integrated Model of EAF and SVC. Finally, the
potential benefits for both customers and utilities. An accurate conclusion is presented in section V.
modeling of an EAF will help in dealing with the problems
caused by its operation. Minimization of the undesirable impact II. MODELING OF EAF
of EAFs can improve electric efficiency and reduce power A. Arc Furnace Operation
fluctuations in the system.
Electric arc furnaces are available in both alternating current
The description of an arc furnace load depends on the (AC) and Direct current (DC) models. A transformer directly
following parameters: arc voltage, arc current and arc length energizes furnace electrodes in a high current circuit in arc
(which is determined by the position of the electrodes). Based on furnaces, whereas dc furnaces employ a controlled rectifier to
the study of above essential parameters, many models are set up supply dc to the furnace electrodes. Arc furnace operation may be
for the purpose of harmonic and flicker analysis [2]. In general, classified into stages, depending on the status of the melt and the
they may be classified as follows, a) Time domain analysis time lapse from the initial energization of the unit.
method (Characteristic Method, Time Domain Equivalent
Consider the case of the processing of scrap steel in an ac
Nonlinear Circuit Method), and b) Frequency Domain analysis
EAF. During the melting period, pieces of steel create
method (Harmonic Voltage Source Model, Harmonic domain
momentary short circuits on the secondary side of the furnace
Solution of nonlinear differential equation). Each method has its
transformer. These load changes affect the arc characteristics,
own advantages and disadvantages. Comparison and
causing fluctuations of current. The current fluctuations cause
commendation of different arc furnace models were presented in
variations in reactive power, which cause a momentary voltage
[3]. Most of the existing models make some kinds of
drop or flicker, both at the supply bus and at nearby buses in the
approximation on the characteristic of arc. There have been two
interconnected system. The arc currents are more uniform during
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the refining period and result in less impact on the power quality (i) At least one locally active reactor
of the system. Arc furnaces also create harmonic load currents
(ii) At least one nonlinear element.
and asynchronous spectral components. Harmonics represent an
important power quality issue, because they may cause (iii) At least three energy storage elements
undesirable operating conditions such as excess losses in Chua’s circuit satisfies the above requirements.
transformers, mal-operation of drive controllers etc. [1]. Fig.1
shows typical installation of EAF. C. Matlab Simulink Model Of EAF
The development of general dynamic arc model in the form
of a differential equation is based on the principle of conservation
of energy. The approach is fundamentally different from those
methods where some empirical relation is used to represent the
electrical arc. In the dynamic model such relations which are
implicit for steady state conditions are not pre defined and give
result for different conditions depending on both frequency and
current magnitude. Here the arc furnace is modeled in two stages.
First dynamic electric arc modeling is done and the obtained arc
voltage is then modulated with chaotic signal to produce final arc
Fig. 1. Typical installation of EAF furnace model.
Fig.2 shows actual and piece-wise linear approximation of V- The power balance equation for the arc is
I characteristic of an Arc Furnace Load where Vig is the ignition
(1)
voltage and Vex is the extinguish voltage.
Where
P1 represents the power transmitted in the form of heat to the
external environment.
P2 represents the power, which increases the internal energy
in the arc, and which therefore affects its radius.
P3 represents the total power developed in the arc and
converted into heat. The above equation can be represented in the
form of differential equation [13] of the arc:

(2)
Fig. 2. Actual and piece-wise linear approximation of V-I characteristic of an
Arc Furnace Load Where
B. Chaotic Dynamics In Electric Arc Furnaces r is the arc radius and is chosen as the state variable instead of
Chaos, also known as the strange attractor, does not generally taking arc resistance or conductance.
have an accepted precise mathematical definition. Usually from a k1, k2 and k3 are constants relative to EAF melting conditions.
practical view point, it can be defined as the bounded steady-state
behavior that does not fall into the categories of the other three m is the variations of the resistivity with temperature.
steady-state behaviors i.e. the equilibrium points, periodic n is the conditions of cooling.
solutions, and quasi periodic solutions [8]. The equilibrium
points are zero dimensional and periodic solutions are one The arc voltage is given by:
dimensional, where as strange attractors are more complex and
their dimension is a fraction. A chaotic system is a deterministic (3)
system that exhibits random movement and it is a nonlinear
system that exhibits extreme sensitivity in the state trajectory Where
with respect to the initial conditions. It has been observed that the
electric fluctuations in an arc furnace are chaotic in nature [12]. g is defined as arc conductance and is given by the following
equation:
The chaotic component of the arc furnace voltage is obtained
from the chaotic circuit of Chua [10]. To exhibit chaos, the (4)
circuit consisting of resistors capacitors and inductors has to
contain the following:
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It is possible to represent the different stages of the arcing III. SVC BACKGROUND AND THEORY OF OPERATION
process by simply modifying the parameters of m and n. The By definition, capacitors generate and reactors (inductors)
complete set of combination of these parameters for different absorb reactive power when connected to an ac power source.
stages of electric arc can be found in [11]. They have been used with mechanical switches for (coarsely)
The state space equations of the above mentioned system controlled var generation and absorption since the early days of
would be in this case: ac power transmission. Continuously variable var generation or
absorption for dynamic system compensation was originally
Ro = - (5) provided by .over- or under-excited rotating synchronous
machines and, later, by saturating reactors in conjunction with
V=i* (6) fixed capacitors.
Implementing the above equations using Simulink blockset as Since the early 1970’s high power, line-commutated
shown in Fig.3, taking the parameters K1= 2500; K2 = 1; K3 = thyristors in conjunction with capacitors and reactors have been
0.0001; n=2; m= 0 the dynamic voltage/current characteristic of employed in various circuit configurations to produce variable
the electric arc are modeled as shown in Fig.4. reactive output, [19]. These in effect provide a variable shunt
impedance by synchronously switching shunt capacitors and/or
reactors "in" and "out" of the network as shown in Fig.6

Fig. 3 MATLAB/ Simulink model of electric Arc Furnace

Fig. 6 SVC Components

The SVC is used to regulate voltage on a system. When


system voltage is low the SVC generates reactive power (SVC
capacitive). When system voltage is high it absorbs reactive
power (SVC inductive) as shown in Fig.7.

Fig. 4 Dynamic Characteristics of EAF

This model is then combined with the band limit white noise
to create the chaotic nature of the arc furnace voltage and current
parameters as shown in the control structure of EAF as shown in
Fig.5 [14-18]

Fig. 7 SVC Interaction with Power Network Dynamics


Fig. 5.Control Structure of Arc Furnace
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IV. CASE STUDY FOR INTEGRATED MODEL OF EAF AND The fault is cleared and the network restores normal operation.
SVC
4) Case 4 from time 0.5 till 0.7 sec
The integrated model built in the simulink environment is The SVC is in service and the TCR and number of capacitors
based on Pierre Giroux and Gibert Sybille (Hydro-Quebec) SVC reacts with the B.B MVAR.
detailed model in SimPowerSystems™ first and Second
Generation software after eliminating the switching on the filter 5) Case 5 from time 0.7 till 0.9 sec
circuits and integrate the model with the EAF. A three phase short circuit is applied on the furnace B.B
while the SVC is online.
The combined model represents actual complete case study
network of EZZ-DEKEILA Main Receiving Substation with 6) Case 6 from time 0.9 till 1 sec
Point of Common Coupling (PCC) and the configuration is as The fault is cleared.
described in the following table:

TABLE I. Network and SVC data


Network Data
PCC (kV) 220/66
Substation incoming feeders installed capacity (MVA) 3x380
220/33,
Power Transformers kV, MVA 2x125/150
(ONAN/ONAF)
EAF’s MVA 58 MVA
Short Circuit Capacity, MVA 8000
System X/R Ratio 10
SVC Data
Thyristor Controlled Reactors (TCR), MVA 265
2nd Harmonic Filter, MVAR 35
3rd Harmonic Filter, MVAR 52.5 Fig. 9 Cases shown in the simulation of fault analysis
4th Harmonic Filter, MVAR 40
5th Harmonic Filter, MVAR 52 In Fig.10 an Electromagnetic Transient Analysis Program
(ETAP) simulation is implemented to simulate the same network
In order to study the behavior of the network a fault breaker is but in this case to check the total harmonic distortion levels on
added as shown in Fig.8 to simulate the following various cases: the 220 kV level and on the 33 kV level and ensure satisfying
required standards.

Fig. 8 Integrated SVC and EAF Matlab Model


Fig. 10 ETAP simulation for THD levels
1) Case 1 from time 0 till 0.2 sec
A. Results & Discussion
During this time the EAF start while the SVC is offline, refer
to Fig.9 As shown in case 1, during normal operation the SVC TCR
reacts from full conduction (90o) to no conduction (180o)
2) Case 2 from time 0.2 till 0.4 sec according to the required reactive power to keep the reference
A three phase short circuit is applied on the furnace B.B voltage 1 p.u.
while the SVC is still offline.
In case 2, when the SVC is offline the fault makes the B.B
3) Case 3 from time 0.4 till 0.5 sec current multiples of normal current and a voltage drop occurs.
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