Synchro-Measurement Application Development Framework: An IEEE Standard C37.118.2-2011 Supported MATLAB Library

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Electrical power system monitoring, protection, operation, and control schemes are undergoing significant changes toward the next generation fully automated, resilient, and self-healing grids. At present, there still exists a lack of available user-friendly tools for the synchronized measurement technology supported application design. This paper presents a synchro-measurement application development framework (SADF) to promote a simplified design and thorough validation of synchro-measurement (IEEE Standard C37.118.2-2011) supported user-defined applications under realistic conditions. The proposed SADF supports online receiving of a phasor measurement unit (PMU) or phasor data concentrator (PDC) provided data stream and enables simultaneous use of processed machine-readable synchro-measurements in advanced user-defined applications. This paper fills the scientific gap between the IEEE Standard C37.118.2-2011 specifications and its implementation by proposing a novel robust communication technique and efficient synchro-measurement data parsing methodology. As a proof of concept, the proposed SADF is implemented as a novel open-source MATLAB library. Combining this library with MATLAB's signal processing and visualization functions allows mastering the design and validation of complex wide-area monitoring, protection, and control applications, as well as PMU/PDC performance and compliance verification. Finally, this paper verifies the proposed library against the standard specifications, assesses its interoperability and performance via a cyber-physical simulation platform, and presents online voltage magnitude monitoring as an example application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number8
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018


  • control (WAMPAC).
  • IEEE Standard C37.118.2-2011
  • IEEE Standards
  • Libraries
  • Matlab
  • online processing
  • Performance evaluation
  • phasor measurement unit (PMU)
  • Phasor measurement units
  • protection
  • Protocols
  • wide-area monitoring

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