Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schulz, Noel N.

Committee Member

Grzybowski, Stanislaw

Committee Member

Ginn, Herbert III

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electric power systems are a key infrastructure today. Power systems can be divided into three major parts: generation, transmission, and distribution. Out of these the distribution system is the most complex part and least studied system. In order to have continuous and reliable power to all customers it is necessary to have a good protection system. Major disturbances that are caused and last for a very short duration are called faults. With the advent of distributed generation (DG), the understanding of fault response has become more difficult. This thesis presents the study of the fault response and the factors that influence the fault response with and without DG. As a part of the fault analysis line to ground faults are placed at various locations on the I 13 node feeder test case. Simulations are conducted in PSCAD and the results are analyzed. At each node the voltage and the current changes at the time of the fault are recorded. A DG is added to the system and is located at various nodes for each fault and the impact of the DG on the fault voltage and current quantities is recorded. A comparison of the impact of faults at various locations is presented. The impact of faults without DG and with DG is also analyzed