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Sliding mode controller design for frequency regulation in an interconnected power system
Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems volumeÂ 6, ArticleÂ number:Â 6 (2021)
Abstract
In this paper, a Sliding mode controller design method for frequency regulation in an interconnected power system is presented. A sliding surface having four parameters has been selected for the load frequency control (LFC) system model. In order to achieve an optimal result, the parameter of the controller is obtained by grey wolf optimization (GWO) and particle swarm optimization (PSO) techniques. The objective function for optimization has been considered as the integral of square of error of deviation in frequency and tieline power exchange. The method has been validated through simulation of a single area as well as a multiarea power system. The performance of the Sliding mode controller has also been analyzed for parametric variation and random loading patterns. The performance of the proposed method is better than recently reported methods. The performance of the proposed Sliding mode controller via GWO has 88.91% improvement in peak value of frequency deviation over the method of Anwar and Pan in case study 1 and similar improvement has been observed over different case studies taken from the literature.
1 Introduction
In an interconnected power system, load frequency control (LFC) is necessary to keep the frequency of each area and the tieline power exchange within the specified limit [1,2,3].
The main objective of LFC is to regulate the frequency and tieline power flow within the control area. The main control challenges in LFC are system model parametric uncertainty, nonlinearity present in a realistic power system, and loaddisturbances [4,5,6].
Various control techniques have been used in LFC to address these control issues, like model predictive control (MPC) [7], internal model control (IMC) [8], twodegree of freedom IMC (2DoFIMC) [9], Hinfinity control [10, 11], SMC [12,13,14,15], active disturbance rejection control (ADRC) [16, 17], the direct synthesis (DS) approach [18, 19] and artificial intelligence techniques [20] etc.
In recent times, the SMC design technique has gained more attention for being robust to modeling error, parametric variation, and external disturbance. These properties make SMC quite effective in many applications such as automotive systems [21], robotics [22], electric drives [23], windenergy conversion systems [24, 25], process control [26, 27], unmanned aerial vehicles [28], etc. Recently the SMC technique has been used by many researchers to address the control issues of LFC [29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39].
Decentralized SMC has been designed for frequency control in a multiarea power system (MAPS), considering unmatched uncertainty, by Mi et al. [29]. Qian et al. [30] have improved control performance by using neural networkbased integral SMC for the LFC of a nonlinear power system. The method has been extended by Qian and Fan [31] for frequency control of a power system with renewable energy. A nonlinear Sliding mode controller with matched and unmatched uncertainty has been proposed by Prasad et al. [32] for LFC of a threearea interconnected power system. Further, Prasad et al. [33] have extended their SMC design method to control the frequency of windintegrated power systems.
A quasi decentralized SMC scheme has been proposed by S. Yu et al. [34] for frequency regulation in a power system under load disturbance. Mu et al. [35] proposed an improved SMC based on adaptive dynamic programming for frequency stabilization in an LFC system with parametric uncertainties. A particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique is used to obtain an optimal value for the SMC controller. Sun et al. [36] proposed a robust Hinfinity SMC for frequency regulation in a MAPS with time delay. A new robust secondorder SMC and extended disturbance observer has been proposed by Liao and Xu [37] for LFC in MAPS. This method first reduced the higherorder model to a lowerorder model and then a new sliding surface is designed for SMC. Baghaee et al. [38] have designed a new decentralized SMC approach for frequency and voltage control in an islanded microgrid system. J. Guo [39] have used a fullorder SMC method to control the frequency of different area power systems. These reported schemes are generally based on a lowâ€“order model i.e. (first or secondorder) and for a higherorder system, the SMC controller may be designed by approximating the system to loworder one.
In this paper, a sliding mode controller is designed for a thirdorder system model. A sliding surface having four parameters is introduced and then the SMC control law is derived. This consists of twoparts: i.e., a continuous part U_{C}(t) and a discontinuous part U_{D}(t). The parameters of U_{C}(t) and U_{D}(t) have been obtained by optimizing the cost function as the integral of square error. To get the optimum value of the controller parameter, PSO and GWO optimization techniques have been used. The simulation results show that the proposed method outperforms recently reported methods.
The major contributions of the paper are as follows:

A SMC controller has been designed for a thirdorder transfer function model and controller parameters have been obtained using PSO and GWO optimization techniques.

The proposed SMC scheme has been used for load frequency control of single area, two area and fourarea power systems.

The proposed method is robust to parametric uncertainty and works satisfactorily under load disturbance and nonlinearity like GRC.
This paper is organized as follows: the LFC model for a singlearea as well as a multiarea power system along with the proposed controller design method is given in Section 2. The simulation results are shown in Section 3 and the paper is concluded in Section 4.
2 Sliding mode controller design
The SMC technique is a special type of variable structure control that was initially presented by Utkin and Vadim [12]. The SMC is a robust control technique that can effectively compensate for plant model mismatch and loaddisturbances. The desired behavior is represented through sliding surface s(t) and the objective of the sliding mode controller is to drag the state of the system to the surface and keep it there.
The conventional unity negative feedback configuration consisting of plant and sliding mode controller is shown in Fig.Â 1. The symbols used in the block diagram have their usual meanings.
In this work, the sliding surface has been selected as an integrodifferential equation given by
Here, e(t) is the tracking error, and k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3} and k_{4} are the tuning parameters that are selected by the designer. The control objective in this case will be to ensure that e(t) and its derivatives must be equal to zero at all times, once s(t) is reached. So, to maintain s(t) at a constant value, it is essential to make its derivative equal to zero which can be mathematically represented as
After selection of the sliding surface the control law U(t) is developed by considering the condition in Eqs. (1) and (2), the SMC control law U(t), consists of a continuous control part U_{C}(t) and a discontinuous control part U_{D}(t) as
The continuous component Uc(t) is expressed as
where, f (x(t), r(t), e(t)) is the function of output, command signal and tracking error.
The discontinuous control law U_{D}(t) includes a nonlinear element that denotes the switching element of the control law,
where K_{D} and Î´ are the tuning parameters whose values are to be calculated.
The thirdorder transfer plant model has been considered as
Equation (6) can be written in differential equation form as
Equation (2) can be simplified as
The difference between the setpoint variable r(t) and the controlled variable x(t) is known as the tracking error e(t); that is,
Solving Eq. (7) for the thirdorder derivative of the controlled variable \( \overset{\dddot{}}{x}(t) \), in conjugation with Eq. (9) and replacing the expression into Eq. (8), the following equation is obtained:
The control law U_{C}(t) can be derived as
So, the resulting sliding mode controller is summarized as follows:
where
Here, sgn(K) is included in the system to guarantee the appropriate action of the control.
The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ are obtained with the use of the metaheuristic optimization technique. Several researchers have used the metaheuristic optimization algorithm to determine the controller parameters in different control problems. The particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique is used by Mehta and Kaya [40] while the cuckoo search (CS) algorithm is adopted by Mehta and Rojas [41] to obtain the controller setting. The democratic joint operation algorithm [42], grouped grey wolf optimization [43], the dynamic leaderbased collective intelligence algorithm [44] are some recently reported optimization techniques which have been successfully implemented in different control problems. Here, we have used PSO and GWO optimization techniques to obtain the controller parameters in Eq. (12).
The integral of square of the error signal (ISE) is taken as the objective function.
The proposed controller design method is implemented for the LFC problem. The plant model for the LFC consists of governor, turbine, generator, and load. The schematic diagram of a single area power system (SAPS) is shown in Fig.Â 2.
Along with the droop characteristics R, the system transfer function from u to âˆ†f can be written as:
The block diagram of a multiarea power system (MAPS) is shown in Fig.Â 3. The proposed controller design method can also be extended to MAPS where the goal of LFC is to regulate the frequency of each area and further to maintain the tieline power flow exchange between the areas. With the variation of load in the power system the area frequency and tieline power interchange vary. So, a combined parameter, area control error (ACE), is a linear combination of deviation in frequency response and tieline power flow exchange, and is used in each LFC of MAPS.
The ACE is of the i^{th} control area is defined as
where Î²_{i} is the frequency bias coefficient.
For the system in Eq. (15) the continuous control law U_{C}(t) can be obtained as
The resulting sliding mode controller can be written as:
where,
To obtain the controller parameters (k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D} and Î´) PSO and GWO techniques have been used. In the case of SAPS the ISE of the frequency deviation is taken as the objective function (Eq. 20) and in the case of MAPS, the ISE of the change in frequency in all the areas alongside the adjustment in tieline power is taken as the objective function (Eq. 21).
3 Simulation results and discussion
In this section, three SAPS, one twoarea power system (TAPS), and one FAPS is considered for the simulation. The response obtained with the proposed method is compared with the recently reported methods in the literature. The performance has been evaluated in terms of peak value, settling time, percentage improvement in peak value, integral absolute error (IAE), integral of square error (ISE), integral time absolute error (ITAE) of the output response.
3.1 Case study 1: singlearea power system with nonreheated turbine (NRT)
The parameters of the power system are taken from [18] as follows:
The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from GWO are 0.01, 15.1687, 110.8602, 116.59, 0.0064, and 0.4270 respectively. The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from PSO are 0.8617, 33.5230, 245.306, 680.97, 3.4599, and 0.4414 respectively.
To check the controller performance, a load disturbance âˆ†P_{d}Â =â€‰0.01 p.u. is applied at tâ€‰=Â 1â€‰s in SAPS. The frequency response obtained with the proposed controller is shown in Fig.Â 4, and the comparison with Anwar and Pan [18] and Saxena and Hote [9] for case study 1 is reported in TableÂ 1. It is confirmed from figure and table that the proposed method has much improved performance over those two. The performance of the proposed SMC controller via GWO has 88.91% improvement in peak value of frequency deviation over the method of Anwar and Pan [18] in case study 1.
3.2 Case study 2: single area power system with NRT
The parameters of SAPS are taken from Anwar and Pan [18].
The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from GWO are 0.0560, 1.9292, 29.8476, 84.8252, 0.0157, and 1.8729 respectively. The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from PSO are 0.01, 7.2728, 73.09, 242.13,0.4743, and 3.386 respectively.
A step load disturbance of magnitude âˆ†P_{d}Â =â€‰0.01 p.u. is applied at tâ€‰=Â 1â€‰s in SAPS. The frequency response of the proposed method along with Padhan and Majhi [4] and Anwar and Pan [18] is shown in Fig.Â 5 and the performance analysis of the proposed method is reported in TableÂ 2. Table 2 and Fig. 5 show that the proposed controller performs better in terms of peak value, settling time, ISE, IAE, and ITAE. The percentage improvement in the peak value of the proposed1GWO method is 91.44% than that of Padhan and Majhi [4].
3.3 Case study 3: single area power system with NRT
A SAPS with NRT is considered as having the following system parameters Anwar and Pan [18].
The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from GWO are 1.50, 27.54, 435.96, 872.3759, 1.02, and 1.1962 respectively. The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from PSO are 1.195, 22.463, 167.96, 593.11,0.3808, and 0.01 respectively.
To test the effectiveness of the proposed method, a unit step load âˆ†P_{d}Â =â€‰0.01 p.u. is applied at tâ€‰=Â 1â€‰s in SAPS. The simulation response of the proposed method compared with that of Anwar and Pan [18] is shown in Fig.Â 6 and its detailed analysis is reported in TableÂ 3.
From the above three case studies, it is seen clearly that the proposed method gave faster response with lower peak value. The performance of the proposed1GWO method is observed in terms of IAE, ISE, ITAE, and it is better than that of the proposed2PSO, Anwar and Pan [18].
3.4 Case study 4: single area power system with GRC
As a nonlinear component like GRC is added to a power system it will produce oscillation and sometimes it may become unstable. In the case study 4, Fig.Â 7 shows the GRC block is cascaded in a turbine transfer function model.
In case study 4, the effect of GRC is considered to exhibit the adequacy of the proposed method. The system parameters are the same as in case study 1. In case study 4, the value of GRC is considered as 0.1 p.u./minâ€‰=â€‰0.0017 p.u./sec [18]. The controller parameters in this case study are the same as in case study 1. The frequency deviation of the LFC system shows satisfactory performance in the presence of GRC, as shown in Fig.Â 8. The proposed method outperforms when considering the GRC effect.
3.5 Case study 5: twoarea power system (TAPS) with NRT
A TAPS is considered taking an identical system model for each area having the following system parameters K. Lu et al. [6].
To illustrate the proposed method, five cases are taken from K. Lu et al. [6]. Various cases are taken to analyze case study 5, which is given in TableÂ 4. The block diagram of a twoarea interconnected power system is shown in Fig.Â 9. The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from GWO are 0.3554, 18.4423, 156.7927, 317.8682, 0.8789, and 3.3124 respectively. The tuning parameters k_{1}, k_{2}, k_{3}, k_{4}, K_{D,} and Î´ of the proposed method as obtained from PSO are 0.086, 9.797, 47.4837, 113.97, 2.2183, and 0.5419 respectively. The controller parameters for both areas are the same.
3.6 Case 5a: 0.1 p.u. unit step load in area 1 and area 2 loadâ€‰=â€‰0
In case 5a, 0.1 p.u. unit step load in area 1 is taken at tâ€‰=â€‰1â€‰s to illustrate the performance of the proposed method through simulation results in TAPS.
The frequency deviation in area 1, area 2 and tieline power flow between the two areas for case 5a is shown in Figs.Â 10, 11 and 12, respectively, and its response is compared with K. Lu et al. [6] and shows that the proposed1GWO method gives the faster response and lower peak value for frequency regulation in TAPS.
3.7 Case 5b: 0.1 p.u. unit step load in area 2 and area 1 loadâ€‰=â€‰0
In case 5b, 0.1 p.u. the unit step load in area 2 is taken at tâ€‰=â€‰1â€‰s to illustrate the performance of the proposed method through simulation results in TAPS.
The frequency deviation in area 1, area 2 and tieline power flow between the two areas for case 5b is shown in Figs.Â 13, 14 and 15 respectively, and its response is compared with that of the proposed2PSO, K. Lu et al. [6] and show that the proposed1GWO method has the faster transient speed for frequency regulation in TAPS.
3.8 Case 5c: 0.1 p.u. unit step load in area 1 and area 2 simultaneously
In case 5c, area 1 and area 2 undergoing 0.1 p.u. unit step load simultaneously is taken to illustrate the performance of the proposed method through simulation results in TAPS.
FigureÂ 16 shows the frequency regulation in area 1 and ACE in area 1 is shown in Fig.Â 17. FiguresÂ 16 and 17 show that the proposed1GWO controller has muchimproved performance over that of the proposed2PSO, K. Lu et al. [6].
3.9 Case 5d: +â€‰50% perturbation in T _{g}, +â€‰50% perturbation in T _{12} , +â€‰92% perturbation in T_{12} with 0.1 p.u. step load in area 1
In case 5d, +â€‰50% perturbation in T_{g}, +â€‰50% perturbation in T_{12}, +â€‰92% perturbation in T_{12}, with 0.1 p.u. step load in area 1 is taken to validate the performance of the proposed method through simulation results in TAPS.
FigureÂ 18 shows the frequency regulation in area 1 with +â€‰50% perturbation in T_{g}, Fig.Â 19 shows the frequency regulation in area 1 with +â€‰50% perturbation in T_{12} and Fig.Â 20 shows the frequency regulation in area 1 with +â€‰92% perturbation in T_{12}. From Figs.Â 18, 19 and 20 it can be seen that the proposed1GWO method is more robust than the proposed2PSO, K. Lu et al. [6]. It can be noted that there is not much effect on the response in the case of plant parameter variation and so we can confirm that the proposed scheme is more robust.
3.10 Case 5e: 0.1 p.u. step load in area 1 and random step load in area 2
In case 5e, 0.1 p.u. step load in area 1 and random step load in area 2 is considered to validate the performance of the proposed method through simulation results in TAPS.
Random step load variation in area 2 is shown in Fig.Â 21. Frequency deviation in area1, area 2 and tieline power flow between the two areas for case 5e is shown in Figs.Â 22, 23 and 24 respectively, and its response is compared with that of the proposed2PSO, K. Lu et al. [6] and confirm that the proposed1GWO and the proposed2PSO method is more robust for frequency regulation in TAPS.
3.11 Case study 6: fourarea power system (FAPS) with NRT
A FAPS having the parameters as shown in TableÂ 5 is taken from Cai et al. [5]. The block diagram interconnecting the four areas is shown in Fig.Â 25. The parameters of the sliding mode controllers obtained for the four areas from GWO and PSO are given in TablesÂ 6 and 7. The simulation results of the proposed controller are observed by applying load demand âˆ†P_{L}Â =â€‰0.01 p.u.MW at tâ€‰=â€‰1â€‰s in an areas no. 1, 2 and load demand âˆ†P_{L}Â =â€‰0.01 p.u.MW at tâ€‰=Â 10â€‰s in areas no. 3, 4 simultaneously. The comparison responses of proposed1GWO with that of proposed2PSO method and Cai et al. [5] for case study 6 is shown in Figs.Â 26 and 27. From these figures it can be seen that the proposed controller works very well in FAPS without any detoriation in system response.
4 Conclusion
In this paper, the sliding mode controller has been designed for a thirdorder system and implemented for frequency regulation in singlearea, twoarea, and fourarea power systems. The optimal value of SMC controller parameters is obtained via the GWO and PSO optimization techniques. The efficacy of the proposed method has been analyzed with consideration of GRC, parametric uncertainty, and a random loading pattern. The proposed SMC controller via GWO performs better than the proposed SMC controller via PSO and other recently reported methods. From the simulation study, it is seen that the proposed method via GWO has 88.91% improvement in peak value of frequency deviation with that of Anwar and Pan while the proposed method via PSO has 84.80% improvement in case study 1. Future work on the proposed method is to implement in LFC problem considering wind energy, hydroenergy, and photovoltaic systems.
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Kumar, A., Anwar, M.N. & Kumar, S. Sliding mode controller design for frequency regulation in an interconnected power system. Prot Control Mod Power Syst 6, 6 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41601021001831
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