5th International Workshop on OMNeT++

Research Article

Simulation of IEC 61850-based substations under OMNeT++

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.simutools.2012.247730,
        author={Javier Ju\^{a}rez and Carlos Rodr\^{\i}guez-Morcillo and Jos\^{e} Antonio Rodr\^{\i}guez-Mond\^{e}jar},
        title={Simulation of IEC 61850-based substations under OMNeT++},
        proceedings={5th International Workshop on OMNeT++},
        keywords={iec 61850 omnet++ simulation substation automation system (sas) ethernet hardware-in-the-loop},
  • Javier Juárez
    Carlos Rodríguez-Morcillo
    José Antonio Rodríguez-Mondéjar
    Year: 2012
    Simulation of IEC 61850-based substations under OMNeT++
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.simutools.2012.247730
Javier Juárez1,*, Carlos Rodríguez-Morcillo1, José Antonio Rodríguez-Mondéjar1
  • 1: Institute for Research in Technology - Comillas Pontifical University
*Contact email: javier.juarez@iit.upcomillas.es


Communication systems are essential components within the Smart Grids. Given the complexity of real world communication systems, advanced simulation platforms are required to facilitate the study, analysis, design and evaluation of such systems. The IEC 61850 is one of the most relevant communication standards concerning Smart Grids.. Existing simulation platforms for IEC 61850-based systems are mainly focused on the evaluation of the performance and functionality of the communication networks. In this paper, a new IEC 61850 simulation platform is presented. The platform is based on OMNeT++ and it not only allows to conduct a network performance analysis, but also to carry-out hardware-in-the-loop simulations, or even to evaluate algorithms before implementing them into a real device. For that purpose, a new simulation core using two parallel processes has been developed, and a real IEC 61850 communication stack has been integrated into OMNet++.