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Stressing of turbine-generator-exciter shafts by variable-frequency currents superimposed on DC currents in asynchronous HVDC links and following disturbances at converter stations

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2 Author(s)
T. J. Hammons ; Glasgow Univ., UK ; J. J. Bremner

Ripple currents on the DC side of both HVDC synchronous and asynchronous links together with cleared HVDC and AC system disturbances can excite in some circumstances onerous torsional vibrations in large steam generator shafts. The problem has assumed importance in recent months on account of the HVDC link between Scotland and Northern Ireland going ahead, on account of the proposed Eire/Wales link, and because AC/DC/AC couplers are to be installed extensively to interconnect the East and West European grid systems. This paper discusses and analyses excitation of shaft torsional vibrations in steam turbine-generator-exciter shafts in close proximity to HVDC power converter substations by: (i) variable-frequency ripple currents superimposed on the DC currents in asynchronous links; and (ii) disturbances at bi-polar converter stations. Detailed simulation of the HVDC converter and generator is necessary for precise assessments of shaft torsional response following HVDC converter station faults. 500 MW, 660 MW, 1000 MW and 1300 MW machines are considered in the analyses that are made

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IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 3 )