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Frank Tuffner

Frank Tuffner

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Frank Tuffner has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2008. Dr. Tuffner's primary research areas involve distribution-level analysis, small signal stability of the transmission power grid, and applications of signal processing concepts to power systems. Distribution-level work has included PNNL’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Smart Charger project, programming for the GridLAB-D software, and applications of the GridLAB-D software to distribution-level analysis. On the transmission level, he has been involved in looking at interarea oscillations on the power system and other analysis of phasor measurement unit data.

Research Interests

  • Distribution-level modeling and analysis
  • Small signal stability of power systems
  • PHEV-grid interactions
  • Communication systems

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2008
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2004

Selected Publications

2017

  • Samaan NA, JE Dagle, YV Makarov, R Diao, BGNVSR Vyakaranam, BN Zhang, MR Vallem, TB Nguyen, FK Tuffner, J Conto, and SW Kang. 2017. Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool (DCAT) User Manual with Test System ExamplesPNNL-26197, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Schneider KP, FK Tuffner, MA Elizondo, CC Liu, Y Xu, and D Ton. 2017. "Evaluating the Feasibility to Use Microgrids as a Resiliency Resource." IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 8(2):687-696.  doi:10.1109/TSG.2015.2494867

2016

  • Elizondo MA, FK Tuffner, and KP Schneider. 2016. "Three-phase Unbalanced Transient Dynamics and Powerflow for Modeling Distribution Systems with Synchronous Machines." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 31(1):105-115.  doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2389712
  • Follum JD, and FK Tuffner. 2016. "A Multi-Channel Method for Detecting Periodic Forced Oscillations in Power Systems." In Proceedings of the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM 2016), July 17-21, 2016, Boston, MA.  IEEE, PISCATAWAY, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PESGM.2016.7741382
  • Samaan NA, JE Dagle, YV Makarov, R Diao, MR Vallem, TB Nguyen, LE Miller, B Vyakaranam, FK Tuffner, MA Pai, J Conto, and SW Kang. 2016. "Modeling of Protection in Dynamic Simulation Using Generic Relay Models and Settings." In IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM 2016), July 17-21, 2016, Boston, MA.  IEEE, PISCATAWAY, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PESGM.2016.7741981

2015

2014

  • Barr JL, FK Tuffner, MD Hadley, and KP Schneider. 2014. Utility Assessment Report for SPIDERS Phase 2: Ft. Carson (Rev 1.0)PNNL-24030, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Broeer T, JC Fuller, FK Tuffner, DP Chassin, and N Djilali. 2014. "Modeling Framework and Validation of a Smart Grid and Demand Response System for Wind Power Integration." Applied Energy 113:199-207.  doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.058

2013

2012

2011

  • Gowri K, RM Pratt, FK Tuffner, and MCW Kintner-Meyer. 2011. Vehicle to Grid Communication Standards Development, Testing and Validation - Status ReportPNNL-20844, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Chen Y, JC Fuller, R Diao, N Zhou, Z Huang, and FK Tuffner. 2011. "The Influence of Topology Changes on Inter-area Oscillation Modes and Mode Shapes." In 2011 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, July 24-29, 2011, Detroit, Michigan.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039904
  • Diao R, Z Huang, N Zhou, Y Chen, FK Tuffner, JC Fuller, S Jin, and JE Dagle. 2011. "Deriving Optimal Operational Rules for Mitigating Inter-area Oscillations." In IEEE/PES Power Systems Conference & Exposition (PSCE 2011), March 20-23, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772564
  • Ferryman TA, FK Tuffner, N Zhou, and G Lin. 2011. "Initial Study on the Predictability of Real Power on the Grid based on PMU Data." In IEEE/PES Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE 2011), March 20-23, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona.  I E E E, PISCATAWAY, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772519
  • Huang Z, N Zhou, FK Tuffner, and DJ Trudnowski. 2011. "Use of Modal Sensitivity to Operating Conditions for Damping Control in Power Systems." In Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2011), January 4-7, 2011, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, ed. RH Spauge, Jr.  IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA.  doi:10.1109/HICSS.2011.469
  • Kintner-Meyer MCW, C Jin, PJ Balducci, MA Elizondo, X Guo, TB Nguyen, FK Tuffner, and VV Viswanathan. 2011. "Energy Storage for Variable Renewable Energy Resource Integration - A Regional Assessment for the Northwest Power Pool (NWPP)." In 2011 IEEE PES Power Systems Conference & Exhibition (PSCE), March 20-23, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772548
  • Lin G, N Zhou, TA Ferryman, and FK Tuffner. 2011. "Uncertainty Quantification in State Estimation using the Probabilistic Collocation Method." In IEEE/PES Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE 2011), March 20-23, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, PISCATAWAY, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772599
  • Pratt RM, FK Tuffner, and K Gowri. 2011. Electric Vehicle Communication Standards Testing and Validation Phase I: SAE J2847/1PNNL-20913, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Singh R, FK Tuffner, JC Fuller, and KP Schneider. 2011. "Effects of Distributed Energy Resources on Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR)." In IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, July 24-29, 2011, Detroit, Michigan.  IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039702
  • Tuffner FK, and MCW Kintner-Meyer. 2011. Using Electric Vehicles to Meet Balancing Requirements Associated with Wind PowerPNNL-20501, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Tuffner FK, and MCW Kintner-Meyer. 2011. "Using Electric Vehicles to Mitigate Imbalance Requirements Associated with an Increased Penetration of Wind Generation." In Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, July 24-29, 2011, Detroit, Michigan.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039894
  • Tuffner FK, and R Singh. 2011. "ANALYSIS OF DISTRIBUTION FEEDER LOSSES DUE TO ADDITION OF DISTRIBUTED PHOTOVOLTAIC GENERATORS." In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and 9th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, August 7-10, 2011, Washington DC, pp. Paper No. ESFuelCell2011-54792.  American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY. 

2010

  • Huang Z, N Zhou, FK Tuffner, Y Chen, DJ Trudnowski, R Diao, JC Fuller, WA Mittelstadt, JF Hauer, and JE Dagle. 2010. MANGO – Modal Analysis for Grid Operation: A Method for Damping Improvement through Operating Point AdjustmentPNNL-19890, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Huang Z, N Zhou, FK Tuffner, Y Chen, DJ Trudnowski, W Mittelstadt, JF Hauer, and JE Dagle. 2010. "Improving Small Signal Stability through Operating Point Adjustment." In Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2010.5589519
  • Kintner-Meyer MCW, PJ Balducci, C Jin, TB Nguyen, MA Elizondo, VV Viswanathan, X Guo, and FK Tuffner. 2010. Energy Storage for Power Systems Applications: A Regional Assessment for the Northwest Power Pool (NWPP)PNNL-19300, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Pierre JW, N Zhou, FK Tuffner, JF Hauer, DJ Trudnowski, and W Mittelstadt. 2010. "Probing Signal Design for Power System Identification." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 25(2):835-843.  doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2009.2033801
  • Schneider KP, JC Fuller, FK Tuffner, and R Singh. 2010. Evaluation of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) on a National LevelPNNL-19596, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Tuffner FK, Z Huang, N Zhou, RT Guttromson, and A Jayantilal. 2010. "Initial Studies on Actionable Control for Improving Small Signal Stability in Interconnected Power Systems." In IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, pp. 1-6.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/TDC.2010.5484340
  • Zhou N, Z Huang, FK Tuffner, S Jin, J Lin, and ML Hauer. 2010. Algorithm Summary and Evaluation: Automatic Implementation of Ringdown Analysis for Electromechanical Mode Identification from Phasor Measurements PNNL-19172, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Zhou N, Z Huang, FK Tuffner, JW Pierre, and S Jin. 2010. "Automatic Implementation of Prony Analysis for Electromechanical Mode Identification from Phasor Measurements." In 2010 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, pp. 1-8.  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ.  doi:10.1109/PES.2010.5590169

2009

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