Using SPICE for power system simulations

Andrew Cross, Dani Strickland

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


Power system simulation software is a useful tool for teaching the fundamentals of power system design and operation. However, existing commercial packages are not ideal for teaching work-based students because of high-cost, complexity of the software and licensing restrictions. This paper describes a set of power systems libraries that have been developed for use with the free, student-edition of a Micro-Cap Spice that overcomes these problems. In addition, these libraries are easily adapted to include power electronic converter based components into the simulation, such as HVDC, FACTS and smart-grid devices, as well as advanced system control functions. These types of technology are set to become more widespread throughout existing power networks, and their inclusion into a power engineering degree course is therefore becoming increasingly important.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011-14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-75815-15-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-61284-167-0
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011) - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Aug 20111 Sept 2011


Conference14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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