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Protection and Control IEC 61850 Lab Services

Kinectrics has established the world’s first Interoperability Lab designed to help clients meet a new set of global standards for IEC 61850 and, achieve significant savings with in-house integration and a “plug and work” approach.

 Interoperability and Type Testing Services 


Kinectrics interoperability testing services covering IEC 61850, IEC 61970 and IEC 61968 allow Kinectrics, vendors and utilities to discover potential product issues in advance, enabling them to avoid costly issues and problems during integration, operation and maintenance phases.


Advanced Facility

·         State-of-the-art Omicron CMC256 test set with full Net-1 option

·         Real Time Digital Simulator™ (RTDS) with full GNET option

·         Software suite for GOOSE and message generation

·         Common Information Model (CIM) testing

·         Background traffic simulation

·         Protocol analysis

·         Full Scope Testing

·         Partnered for EMI, RFI compatibility

·         Environmental (Temperature, Humidity)


With expertise based on several decades of R&D and field experience in protection and control systems, Kinectrics is uniquely qualified to offer full scope, one-stop-shop services to meet your interoperability testing needs as you move to IEC 61850 based substation automation systems. 

1. Interoperability Testing Perform single device testing, multiple    

    device interoperability testing and sytem integration testing:

·         Single device IEC 61850 testing covering both station bus and process bus

·         IEC 61970 / IEC 61968 CIM testing

·         Interoperability testing

·         System integration and testing

2.  Functionality Testing Evaluates the fuction if the DUT as specified and its response under the following conditions:

·         Single device protection setting, timing, zone reach testing

·         Multiple devices protection scheme testing involving communication

·         Single / multiple devices local / remote control schema, interlocking testing

3.  Performance Evaluation Co-ordination with utilities to define performance evaluation criteria, and to conduct performance evaluation in terms of latency delay, priority handling and fall-ver handling. This applies to communication systems, as well as performance evalaution on:

·         Substation communication architectures

·         Substation automation systems

·         Energy management systems

·         Distribution management systems

·         Protection and control schemes

4.  Impact Studies: By using detailed transient-based power system component models in the RTDS for impace studies, current and coltage signals from the RTDS are amplified and injected into the DUT along with the figitally generated current/voltage/binary signal

·         Single device and its impact on the power system

·         Coordinated multiple devices an​d their impact on the power system

·         Interoperation schemes and their impact on the grid

5. Site Commissioning: One-Stop site commissioning covering all aspects of:

·         Integration test to ensure the entire Substation Automation System functions   interactively

·         Interoperability test to ensure the inter-relay protection / control schemes work as   designed

·         Functionality test to ensure the device / system functions effectively. This   includes checking all set-points, verifying zone-reach and confirming time delays   associated with the scheme.


Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Testing- A Practical Approach  


Kinectrics has the advanced expertise and facilities to provide testing and consulting services using the Real-Time Digital SimulatorTM (RTDS), a digital system which models the power system or any electrically-represented system and its components based on an Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) simulation approach.

The RTDS simulates any user-defined electrical system with models of complex electrical components, such as transmission lines, generators and transformers. The components can be precisely defined to match your equipment characteristics. Through real-time simulation, your relay or control equipment is tested in closed-loop mode, acting on the simulated system as it would in the actual installation.


Established Expertise Kinectrics is widely recognized as an industry leader in the development and use of ad​​vanced tools to test and evaluate power system protection and control equipment.


Comprehensive Services Kinectrics’ RTDS facility offers services on client-defined power system models including:


·         Real-time testing of power system control equipment: stabilizers, protective   relays, etc.

·         Assessment of abnormal power system operation

·         Real-time testing of protection and control equipment to:

·         Review standard applications

·         Investigate problems

·         Advise on appropriate protection approaches

·         Evaluate equipment suitability for specific applicators

·         Establish optimal settings and/or component configurations


Kinectrics’ Real Time Digital SimulatorTM (RTDS) Facility includes an interface unit for connection of external analog and digital signals to and from the RTDS simulation; current and voltage amplifiers to supply signals to equipment under test; a synchronous controller and a fault selection unit for external control of the simulation pr



The RTDS installation at Kinectrics has been designed to allow efficient closed-loop testing of power system protection and control equipment, with external control of the simulation. External control facilitates flexibility in establishing test parameters.


RTDS System Features


·         Accurate digital modeling of power systems/components

·        Graphic composition of the system to be modeled via connection of icons   representing component models

·         Components models including:

·         Current and power transformers with user-defined saturation characteristics

·         Capacitive voltage transformers

·         Circuit breakers with individual pole operation

·         Fault switches

·         Synchronous machines with exciter, turbine/governor, and stabilizer models

·         Single and double-circuit frequency dependent transmission line models

·         Series-compensated lines with MOV-protected capacitors

·         Static VAR compensators

·         HVDC power and control components

·         Analog voltage and current signals available from anywhere in the modeled   system

·         Breakers externally controllable for closed-loop testing of protection equipment

·         Generator exciter externally controllable for closed-loop testing of generator   controls

·         Static VAR and HVDC power components externally controllable for closed-   loop   testing

·         Six voltage signals and six current signals available (125 V RMS phase-neutral   voltage, 40 A peak current in each phase)

·         Programmable control facilities for external control of the test parameters

·         Comprehensive records of event sequence and oscillography signals


     Direct Client Benefits


·         Confirms relay performance before installation (protection and control functions   operate as intended)

·         Identify abnormal behaviour of power system or protection and control   equipment  (offline) on actual system model

·         Assist in synthesizing and confirming solutions to protection and control   problems   such as special protection schemes, application logic