Theses and Dissertations


Yujie Zhang

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schulz, Noel

Committee Member

Bastos, L. Jimena

Committee Member

Srivastava, K. Anurag

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


A shipboard power system (SPS) should be stable and reliable in order to ensure that the ship has better fight-through capability and increased fault invulnerability. The protection system is designed to minimize the effects of faults in the SPS, which presents challenges, such as increased fault vulnerability and lack of an electrical ground in the system. If protection devices are not updated after power system reconfiguration, they may not protect the power system appropriately. Therefore the development of elaborate digital protection devices for the SPS is required. This thesis focuses on the model-based methodology for designing a protection scheme for SPS based on instantaneous overcurrent digital relays. To achieve this, an instantaneous overcurrent relay model is first developed in MATLAB/Simulink. Then, the Simulink model is downloaded to the DSP-based platform dSPACE, which runs the Simulink model in real-time, to perform hardware-in-the-loop testing (HIL). Thus, through the dSPACE hardware, the proposed relay model is tested for various fault conditions in three HIL platforms. Different electromagnetic transient real-time digital simulators are used to simulate the SPS, to which protection is provided through the relay modeled in dSPACE. Simulation results from these three HIL platforms demonstrate that the proposed overcurrent relay model was successfully modeled, simulated and tested using various tools for model-based design. Testing results show that the developed model can work with different real-time platforms, and that in contrast to a commercial relay, the developed relay model has increased flexibility because settings such as reclose delay and pickup value can be changed online. This feature can be used to develop an advanced relay model with a dynamic pickup value. An advanced relay model will be useful for the SPS, because such system is subject to topological changes and reconfiguration that are not as prevalent in other types of power systems.



digital relays||overcurrent protection||hardware-in-the-loop||protection schemes||protection systems||shipboard power systems