A graphics-oriented, primarily PC-based tool for education, research, and training in power engineering is introduced. The tool, called COPERITE, has all user interfaces resident on an IBM-386 microcomputer. Menus and windows are used for the interface, and attractive graphical representations and displays are included. Application programs that are interfaced are power flow, contingency analysis, economic dispatch, security-constrained dispatch, system stability, and fault analysis. These programs are executed on a VAX 8800 computer mainly for speed of execution. Information exchange between the PC and the VAX is made through an Ethernet connection which is transparent to the user. Results of execution show on the graphical front-end accessible to the user. COPERITE has a powerful network editor with the capabilities of adding, deleting, moving, and finding symbols with a graphics cursor. Provisions are present for building and using artificial intelligence techniques for system operation enhancement.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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COPERITE; Ethernet Connection; IBM-386 Microcomputer; VAX 8800 Computer; Artificial Intelligence; Computer Aided Instruction; Computer-Aided Tool; Contingency Analysis; Economic Dispatch; Education; Engineering Graphics; Fault Analysis; Graphical User Interfaces; Graphics Program; Load Dispatching; Load Flow; Power Engineering Research; Power Flow; Power System Analysis Computing; Power System Stability; Security-Constrained Dispatch; Software Packages; Stability; Training

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Article - Journal

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© 1992 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1992