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book reviews

software & applications
power system transients and dynamics

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One bOOk is reviewed in this
column, Numerical Analysis of Power
System Transients and Dynamics. the
reviewer says that "this book is a good
reference to become familiar with available tools and methods for the numerical analysis of power systems transients
and dynamics" and is recommended for
researchers and graduate students who
want to learn more about the state of the
art in this subject.

Numerical Analysis of Power
System Transients and
Dynamics
Akihiro Ametani, Editor
the book Numerical Analysis of Power
System Transients and Dynamics is
edited by Akihiro Ametani, emeritus
professor of doshisha University, ieee
Life Fellow, and iet fellow. this book
of 500+ pages contains 14 chapters.
each chapter has been written by one
or more experts from well-known institutes worldwide.
the text can be divided into three
major sections. the first five chapters
deal with computer programs, Chapters 7 and 8 introduce two powerful
numerical methods, and the final six
chapters provide different examples of
simulation and analysis of transients in
electric power systems.
the book begins with an introductory chapter providing both a historical
background and fundamental theory of
circuit-theory-based methods and tools
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used in the power system transients analysis. A brief instruction for implementing the models in the
electro-magnetic transients program (eMtP)
is also presented. Chapter 2 is dedicated to
AtP-eMtP, a noncommercial software for
electromagnetic modeling of electric power
systems. After a brief
history of AtP-eMtP
development, different modules available
in this software are introduced. tips for the
modeling of switches,
transmission lines, electric machines are provided, and the software's graphical user interface (GUi) is
described with several examples.
electromagnetic transient simulation with eMtP-rv is the subject of
Chapter 3, where different aspects of the
software from GUis to mathematical
techniques used in its modeling are discussed. some case studies implemented
in this software are briefly presented at
the end of the chapter. Chapter 4 begins
with an interesting history of PsCAd/
eMtdC, another commercial eMtP.
thereafter, features, capabilities, layers, and the structure of this software
are described. this chapter ends with
showing the application of PsCAd in
the analysis of cable transients. XtAb,
another eMtP developed in a Japanese
research institute, CriePi, is introduced in Chapter 5. numerical meth-

ods and algorithms comprising the fundamentals of XtAb are exhibited along
with associated equations. then numerical
studies on a nonlinear
resistor and an actual
inverter circuit are carried out.
the next two chapters deal with mathematical methods rather than
a specific computer program. two well-known
numerical methods in
solving electromagnetic
problems, finite-difference, time-domain
(Fdtd) and partial-element equivalent-circuit
(PeeC), are discussed in Chapters 6
and 7, respectively. Chapter 6 presents a
brief fundamental lesson on Fdtd and
then moves on to a literature review on
the application of Fdtd in a lightning
modeling. in contrast to Chapter 6,
Chapter 7 presents a detailed theory
of and formulations used in the PeeC
method and ends with two examples
on the application of PeeC in surge
characterization.
Chapters 8-14 cover the application
of numerical methods in the analysis of
different practical problems. Chapter 8
studies lightning surge in renewable
energy system components, specifically on wind turbines and solar power
generation systems. in each case, different scenarios presented in technical literature are discussed. in addition
to numerical simulations, this chapter
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