Benchmark model for multi-orbital transient analysis of satellite electrical power subsystem

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In this study, an efficient multi-orbital simulation model is presented for satellite Electrical Power Subsystem (EPS) which is integral to the success of the mission. The model integrates converter models, PV array model, DC bus model, and a numerical battery model according to a generalised EPS architecture to form one unified model of the entire EPS. The proposed model reduces simulation complexity, enhances speed, and enables multi-orbit analysis capability. Dynamic interaction among the elements is modelled through a coordinated control containing maximum power point tracking (MPPT), voltage regulation, battery charge/discharge control and management. Practical concerns of digital control implementation for PI controllers and MPPT are also incorporated in the model. Anti-windup is implemented to avoid latency in controller action after the eclipse. Additionally, a robust MPPT algorithm ensures fast immediate action after eclipse. Efficient component models and practical attention-to-detail enable the developed model to simulate multiple orbits with eclipse periods. The superior speed of the model, ability to simulate multiple orbits, and test different control strategies are demonstrated with a practical case study of Mysat-1, an imaging satellite launched by the Khalifa University. The model can be used as a proof-of-concept tool for predicting the operational behaviour of EPS during the development of a satellite.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)286-296
Number of pages11
JournalIET Renewable Power Generation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Feb 2020


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