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

Matija Naglic, Marjan Popov, Mart A.M.M. Van Der Meijden, Vladimir Terzija

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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 PμPDC 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)1804-1814
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • control (WAMPAC)
  • IEEE Standard C37.118.2-2011
  • online processing
  • phasor measurement unit (PMU)
  • protection
  • wide-area monitoring


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