Joe H. Chow
Professor, Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering
Campus Director, NSF/DOE CURENT ERC (Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks)
Editor, Springer Power Electronics and Power Systems Series
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
JEC 7012, 110 Eighth Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590
Office: JEC 7012
ECSE 6910: Computer Methods in Electric Power Engineering
Tuesday/Friday 10:00-11:20 am
Location: JEC 6309
Instructors: Prof. Joe Chow
Office hours: Monday/Thursday 3-5 pm before homework is due
Syllabus: Computer Methods for EPE
Other learning resources:
Download MATLAB Files for Frederick and Chow book (Continuous-Time Systems)
Download MATLAB Files for Chow, Frederick, and Chbat book (Discrete-Time Systems)
Wind Farm Design Activity:
A. C. Worcester, V. M. Hickox, J. G. Klimaszewski, F. Wilches-Bernal, J. H. Chow, and C.-F. Chen, `Designing Wind Farms as a Hands-on Activity for High School Students,` IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 18-29, 2013. Download from IEEE Explorer: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6400333.
Download Wind Farm Design Activity Files WindFarmDesign.zip.
NASPI Voltage Stability Analysis video – integration of wind energy into power grid: Max Liehr, Felipe Wilches, Joe Chow, and Scott Ghiocel
Power System Toolbox - this is a suite of MATLAB-based power system simulation code originally developed by me and Dr. Kwok W. Cheung in the early 1990s. It has been substantially upgraded by Dr. Graham Rogers at Cherry Tree Scientific Software (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in getting the software, please visit http://www.eps.ee.kth.se/personal/luigiv/pst/ to request a free copy.
Download PST Manual
Current Research (updated July 2014)
CURENT (Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks). Research supported by NSF and DOE (2011-2016).
Voltage-Sourced Converter based FACTS Controllers, including UPFC,
IPFC, CSC, and GUPFC - Loadflow models, voltage and power dispatch, sensitivity
analysis, voltage stability analysis, rated-capacity operation and dispatch
strategies, dynamic models, damping control, multiple FACTS
Controllers, computational tools, web simulator, operator
training simulator. Research supported by NSF, EPRI, NYPA, and KEPCO
Power System Research Consortium - Rensselaer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Wyoming, and Montana Tech. Phasor Data Analysis and Power System Security Assessment - stability analysis, slow coherency, mode meters, disturbance location estimation. Research supported by several grid operators (2006-2013).
Synchrophasor Implementation Projects - Research and development of phasor data systems and applications at power grid operators. Research supported by NYSERDA, NYPA (2009-2012, 2012-2014).
Power Grid Operations with Large Renewable Penetration - Research supported by the GCEP (Stanford University) (2009-2014).
Power System Voltage Stability Analysis using PMU Data - DOE (2013-2014)
US-Africa Research and Education Collaboration - Washington State University, Howard University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Iowa State University. Research supported by NSF. (2004-present)
Perspective Students for Fall 2015
If you are interested to join my group, please directly apply to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the Graduate Admission website http://admissions.rpi.edu/graduate/ . Please indicate on your application to route the application materials to me. There is no need to send me separate emails.
Sample recent papers and publications:
(also see Goggle Scholar http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=O54-nGgAAAAJ)
S. G. Ghiocel and J. H. Chow, `A Power Flow Method using a New Bus Type for Computing Steady-State Voltage Stability Margins,` IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 958-965, 2014.
S. G. Ghiocel, J. H. Chow, G. Stefopoulos, B. Fardanesh, D. Maragal, M. Razanousky, and D. B. Bertagnolli, `Phasor State Estimation for Synchrophasor Data Quality Improvement and Power Transfer Interface Monitoring,` IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 881-888, 2014.
Y. Xia, S. G. Ghiocel, D. Dotta, D. Shawhan, A. Kindle, J. H. Chow, `A Simultaneous Perturbation Approach for Solving Economic Dispatch Problems with Emission, Storage, and Network Constraints,` IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 2356-2363, 2013.
J. H. Chow, editor, Power System Coherency and Model Reduction, Springer, 2013.
Prasanna Kumar Muralimanohar, Advanced Power Plant Modeling with Applications to the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor and the Heat Exchanger, MS Thesis, RPI, 2009
T. D. Younkins, P. K. Muralimanohar, and J. H. Chow, Advanced Power Plant Modeling with Applications to the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor and the Heat Exchanger, unpublished paper, September 2010.
A. Armenia and J. H. Chow, "A Flexible Phasor Data Concentrator Design Leveraging Existing Software Technologies," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 73-8, June 2010.
X. Jiang, J. H. Chow, A.-A. Edris, B. Fardanesh, and E. Uzunovic, "Transfer Path Stability Enhancement by Voltage-Sourced Converter-Based FACTS Controllers," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 1019-1025, April 2010.
B. H. Chang, B. Lee, and J. H. Chow, "A Novel Operation Strategy for Shunt Type FACTS Controllers in KEPCO System," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 1639-1640, August 2009.
X. Fang, J. H. Chow, A.-A. Edris, X. Jiang, B. Fardanesh, and E. Uzunovic, "Sensitivity Formulation in a Multi-Functional FACTS Controller Training Simulator," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 713-720, 2009.
X. Jiang, X. Fang, J. H. Chow, A.-A. Edris, E. Uzunovic, M. Parisi, and L. Hopkins, "A Novel Approach for Modeling Voltage-Sourced Converter Based FACTS Controllers," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 2591-2598, Oct. 2008.
J. H. Chow, A. Chakrabortty, L. Vanfretti, and M. Arcak, "Estimation of Radial Power System Transfer Path Dynamic Parameters using Synchronized Phasor Data," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 564-571, May 2008.
J. H. Chow, A. Chakrabortty, M. Arcak, B. Bhargava, and A. Salazar, "Synchronized Phasor Data Based Energy Function Analysis of Dominant Power Transfer Paths in Large Power Systems," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 22, pp. 727-734, May 2007.
J. H. Chow, R. W. de Mello, and K.-W. Cheung, "Reliability in Deregulated Power Systems," Proceedings of IEEE, vol. 93, no. 11, pp. 1956-1969, Nov. 2005.
X. Wei, J. H. Chow, B.
Fardanesh, and A.-A. Edris, "A
Dispatch Strategy for a Unified Power-Flow Controller to Maximize
Voltage-Stability-Limited Power Transfer," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 20, no. 3, pp.
2022-2029, July 2005.
J. H. Chow, F. F. Wu, and J. A. Momoh, editors, Applied Mathematics for Restructured Electric Power Systems: Optimization, Control, and Computational Intelligence, Springer, 2005.
J. H. Chow, G. E. Boukarim,
and A. Murdoch, "Power System
Stabilizers as Undergraduate Control Design Projects," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Special
Issue on Power Engineering Education, vol. 19, pp. 144-151, 2004.
R. M. Johnson, J. H. Chow, and M. V. Dillon, "Pelton Turbine Deflector Overspeed Control in Small Power Systems," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 19, pp. 1032-1037, 2004.
X. Wei, J. H. Chow, B. Fardanesh, and A.-A. Edris, "A Common Modeling Framework of Voltage-Sourced Converters for Loadflow, Sensitivity, and Dispatch Analysis," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 19, pp. 934-941, 2004.
N. Lu, J. H. Chow, and A. A. Desrochers, "Pumped-Storage Hydro-Turbine Bidding Strategies in a Competitive Electricity Market," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 19, pp. 834-841, 2004.
"A Virtual Laboratory for Teaching Power System Dynamics and Control at Undergraduate
Level in Developing Nations," Student
Poster Presentation, Third Prize. IEEE
Power System Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, October 30 - November 1,
2006. download poster
X. Wei, J. H. Chow, B. Fardanesh, and A.-A. Edris, "A Dispatch Strategy for a Unified Power Flow Controller to Maximize Voltage-Stability Limited Power Transfer," Best student poster presentation, IEEE General Power Meeting, Denver, June 7-10, 2004.
R. M. Johnson, J. H. Chow, and M. Dillon, "Hierarchical Pelton Turbine Control in a Small Power System," 25th North American Power Symposium, University of Missouri-Rolla, October 20-21, 2003. (Best student paper prize)
N. Lu, J. H. Chow, and A. A. Desrochers, "A Multi-layer Petri Net Model for Deregulated Electric Power Systems," Proc. of American Control Conference, pp. 513-518, 2002. (finalist, best student paper contest.)
Xia Jiang, Operating Modes and their Regulations of Voltage-Sourced Converter based FACTS Controllers, March 2007.
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