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Model-Based Controls Development and Implementation for a Hydroelectric Power System

Anh Nguyen
Modelon Inc., USA

John Batteh
Modelon Inc., USA

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Published in: Proceedings of the 13th International Modelica Conference, Regensburg, Germany, March 4–6, 2019

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 157:43, p. 10

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Published: 2019-02-01

ISBN: 978-91-7685-122-7

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper describes the model-based control system development for a hydroelectric power plant to ensure water level control and mitigate spillage risk. The modeling of both the flume system and prototype controls is described. The integrated model is run over a suite of tests to verify the calibration of the control strategy. Results from the plant commissioning are compared with the virtual tests. The model proved capable of accurate predictions of the waterway dynamics, and the model-based calibration was successfully verified on the actual plant.


hydro power, control systems; hydraulics


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