Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Shulz, Noel N.

Committee Member

Srivastava, Anurag K.

Committee Member

Srivastava, Suresh C.

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


Recent advancements in Voltage Source Converters (VSCs) of high-voltage and high-power rating had a significant impact on the development of Multi-Terminal HVDC (MTDC) power transmission systems. The U.S. Navy has proposed Multi-Zonal Medium Voltage DC (MVDC) Shipboard Power System (SPS) architecture for the next generation of their surface combatant. A Multi-Zonal MVDC SPS consists of several VSCs exchanging power through a DC network. Following a system fault or damage, the current flow pattern in the DC distribution grid will change and the DC voltages across the VSCs will assume new values. DC voltage reference or power reference settings of VSCs have to be determined, in advance, which can maintain the DC voltage within desired margins (usually 5% around the nominal value) in steady state, under the prefault as well as the postault conditions. In this work, the reference settings have been pre-determined by: (1) Development of a sensitivity based algorithm for voltage control of VSCs of the DC system and (2) Development of an optimal algorithm for voltage and power control of the VSCs. The algorithms have been tested on a simplified representation of the MVDC SPS architecture.



MVDC shipboard power system||biogeography based optimization||genetic algorithm||Voltage sensitivity method||Optimal Algorithms