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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
  • Microgrids for improved resiliency
  • Small signal stability of power systems
  • Phasor measurement unit applications

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2008

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of several IEEE societies and working groups:
  • Power and Energy Society
  • Signal Processing Society
  • Standards Association
  • Women in Engineering affinity group

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications

2018

  • Xu Y., C. Liu, K.P. Schneider, F.K. Tuffner, and D. Ton. 2018. "Microgrids for Service Restoration to Critical Load in a Resilient Distribution System." IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 9, no. 1:426-437. PNNL-SA-131372. doi:10.1109/TSG.2016.2591531

2017

  • Follum J.D., F.K. Tuffner, J.W. Pierre, and L.A. Dosiek. 2017. Power System Oscillatory Behaviors. PNNL-26375. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Samaan N.A., J.E. Dagle, Y.V. Makarov, R. Diao, B. Vyakaranam, B.N. Zhang, and M.R. Vallem, et al. 2017. Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool (DCAT) User Manual with Test System Examples. PNNL-26197. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Schneider K.P., F.K. Tuffner, M.A. Elizondo, C. Liu, Y. Xu, and D. Ton. 2017. "Evaluating the Feasibility to Use Microgrids as a Resiliency Resource." IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid 8, no. 2:687-696. PNNL-SA-114363. doi:10.1109/TSG.2015.2494867

2016

  • Elizondo M.A., F.K. Tuffner, and K.P. Schneider. 2016. "Three-phase Unbalanced Transient Dynamics and Powerflow for Modeling Distribution Systems with Synchronous Machines." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 31, no. 1:105-115. PNNL-SA-101865. doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2389712
  • Follum J.D., and F.K. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-114315. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2016.7741382
  • Samaan N.A., J.E. Dagle, Y.V. Makarov, R. Diao, M.R. Vallem, T.B. Nguyen, and L.E. Miller, et al. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-114479. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2016.7741981

2015

  • Follum J.D., F.K. Tuffner, and B.G. Amidan. 2015. Integration of a Self-Coherence Algorithm into DISAT for Forced Oscillation Detection. PNNL-24127. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Samaan N.A., J.E. Dagle, Y.V. Makarov, R. Diao, M.R. Vallem, T.B. Nguyen, and L.E. Miller, et al. 2015. Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool - Phase 1. PNNL-24843. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tuffner F.K., T.L. Williams, K.P. Schneider, M.A. Elizondo, Y. Sun, C. Liu, and Y. Xu, et al. 2015. Improving Distribution Resiliency with Microgrids and State and Parameter Estimation. PNNL-24745. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2014

  • Barr J.L., F.K. Tuffner, M.D. Hadley, and K.P. Schneider. 2014. Utility Assessment Report for SPIDERS Phase 2: Ft. Carson (Rev 1.0). PNNL-24030. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Broeer T., J.C. Fuller, F.K. Tuffner, D.P. Chassin, and N. Djilali. 2014. "Modeling Framework and Validation of a Smart Grid and Demand Response System for Wind Power Integration." Applied Energy 113. PNNL-SA-93446. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.058

2013

  • Barr J.L., F.K. Tuffner, M.D. Hadley, S.J. Kreyling, and K.P. Schneider. 2013. Integrated Assessment Plan Template and Operational Demonstration for SPIDERS Phase 2: Fort Carson. PNNL-22733. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Kalsi K., J.C. Fuller, F.K. Tuffner, J. Lian, W. Zhang, L.D. Marinovici, and A.R. Fisher, et al. 2013. Integrated Transmission and Distribution Control. PNNL-22157. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2012

  • Ferryman T.A., D.J. Haglin, M. Vlachopoulou, J. Yin, C. Shen, F.K. Tuffner, and G. Lin, et al. 2012. "Net Interchange Schedule Forecasting of Electric Power Exchange for RTO/ISOs." In IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, July 22-26, 2012, San Diego, California. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. PNNL-SA-84231. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2012.6344738
  • Pratt R.M., F.K. Tuffner, and K. Gowri. 2012. "Roadmap for Testing and Validation of Electric Vehicle Communication Standards." In Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26), May 6-9, 2012, Los Angeles, California, 2, 935-943. Washington Dc:Electric Drive Transportation Association. PNNL-SA-87074.
  • Tuffner F.K., and C.A. Bonebrake. 2012. Evaluation of Representative Smart Grid Investment Grant Project Technologies: Thermal Energy Storage. PNNL-20584. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tuffner F.K., F.S. Chassin, M.C. Kintner-Meyer, and K. Gowri. 2012. Utilizing Electric Vehicles to Assist Integration of Large Penetrations of Distributed Photovoltaic Generation Capacity. PNNL-22064. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tuffner F.K., J.L. Hammerstrom, and R. Singh. 2012. Incorporation of NREL Solar Advisor Model Photovoltaic Capabilities with GridLAB-D. PNNL-21869. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2011

  • Chen Y., J.C. Fuller, R. Diao, N. Zhou, Z. Huang, and F.K. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-77205. doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039904
  • Diao R., Z. Huang, N. Zhou, Y. Chen, F.K. Tuffner, J.C. Fuller, and S. Jin, et al. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. PNNL-SA-75661. doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772564
  • Ferryman T.A., F.K. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:I E E E. PNNL-19797. doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772519
  • Gowri K., R.M. Pratt, F.K. Tuffner, and M.C. Kintner-Meyer. 2011. Vehicle to Grid Communication Standards Development, Testing and Validation - Status Report. PNNL-20844. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Huang Z., N. Zhou, F.K. Tuffner, and D.J. 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, edited by RH Spauge, Jr. Los Alamitos, California:IEEE Computer Society. PNNL-SA-73599. doi:10.1109/HICSS.2011.469
  • Kintner-Meyer M.C., C. Jin, P.J. Balducci, M.A. Elizondo, X. Guo, T.B. Nguyen, and F.K. Tuffner, et al. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-76628. doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772548
  • Lin G., N. Zhou, T.A. Ferryman, and F.K. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. PNNL-SA-75382. doi:10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772599
  • Pratt R.M., F.K. Tuffner, and K. Gowri. 2011. Electric Vehicle Communication Standards Testing and Validation Phase I: SAE J2847/1. PNNL-20913. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Singh R., F.K. Tuffner, J.C. Fuller, and K.P. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-76660. doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039702
  • Tuffner F.K., and M.C. 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. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. PNNL-SA-76661. doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039894
  • Tuffner F.K., and M.C. Kintner-Meyer. 2011. Using Electric Vehicles to Meet Balancing Requirements Associated with Wind Power. PNNL-20501. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tuffner F.K., 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, Paper No. ESFuelCell2011-54792. New York, New York:American Society of Mechanical Engineers. PNNL-SA-78541.

2010

  • Huang Z., N. Zhou, F.K. Tuffner, Y. Chen, D.J. Trudnowski, R. Diao, and J.C. Fuller, et al. 2010. MANGO - Modal Analysis for Grid Operation: A Method for Damping Improvement through Operating Point Adjustment. PNNL-19890. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Huang Z., N. Zhou, F.K. Tuffner, Y. Chen, D.J. Trudnowski, W. Mittelstadt, and J.F. Hauer, et al. 2010. "Improving Small Signal Stability through Operating Point Adjustment." In Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. PNNL-SA-69821. doi:10.1109/PES.2010.5589519
  • Kintner-Meyer M.C., P.J. Balducci, C. Jin, T.B. Nguyen, M.A. Elizondo, V.V. Viswanathan, and X. Guo, et al. 2010. Energy Storage for Power Systems Applications: A Regional Assessment for the Northwest Power Pool (NWPP). PNNL-19300. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Pierre J.W., N. Zhou, F.K. Tuffner, J.F. Hauer, D.J. Trudnowski, and W. Mittelstadt. 2010. "Probing Signal Design for Power System Identification." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 25, no. 2:835-843. PNNL-SA-65222. doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2009.2033801
  • Schneider K.P., J.C. Fuller, F.K. Tuffner, and R. Singh. 2010. Evaluation of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) on a National Level. PNNL-19596. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tuffner F.K., Z. Huang, N. Zhou, R.T. 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, 1-6. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. PNNL-SA-68523. doi:10.1109/TDC.2010.5484340
  • Zhou N., Z. Huang, F.K. Tuffner, J.W. 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, 1-8. Piscataway, New Jersey:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. PNNL-SA-69826. doi:10.1109/PES.2010.5590169
  • Zhou N., Z. Huang, F.K. Tuffner, S. Jin, J. Lin, and M.L. Hauer. 2010. Algorithm Summary and Evaluation: Automatic Implementation of Ringdown Analysis for Electromechanical Mode Identification from Phasor Measurements. PNNL-19172. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2009

  • Schneider K.P., J.C. Fuller, F.K. Tuffner, and Y. Chen. 2009. Modern Grid Strategy: Enhanced GridLAB-D Capabilities Final Report. PNNL-18864. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Zhou N., Z. Huang, F.K. Tuffner, and S. Jin. 2009. Oscillation Detection Algorithm Development Summary Report and Test Plan. PNNL-18945. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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