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Laboratory/Equipment

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Currently, our lab consist of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) equipment, RTDS, Honeywell Experion Process Control System, and 4-tank water system as a target process.  The following is a listing of equipment we have in our lab.

Honeywell

Honeywell Experion PKS Industrial Process Control System, with the following major components:

  • Fully redundant ISA model ICS network, with servers for advanced control, operator & engineer workstations, simulation & historization, and remote operator displays
  • DMZ and firewalls for isolation from the internet
  • C300 Universal process input/output
  • SCADA system with RTU 2020
  • Stand-alone Safety Manager

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SEL Control Center

  • SEL-3355 Rack Mount Computer
  • SEL 3530 Real-Time Automation Controller
  • SEL-3355 Flow Control
  • SEL-2730M Managed 24-port Ethernet Switch
  • SEL-2740S Software-Defined Network Switch
  • SEL-3031 Serial Radio Transceiver
  • SEL-3620 Ethernet Security Gateway

Generation

  • SEL-3530 RTAC
  • SEL-700G Generator Protection Relay
  • SEL-787 Transformer Protection Relay

Transmission

  • SEL-3530 Real-Time Automation Controller
  • SEL-411L Advanced Line Differential Protection, Automation, and Control System
  • SEL-487E Transformer Protection Relay

Distribution

  • SEL-3530Real-Time Automation Controller
  • SEL-751/751A Feeder Protection Relay
  • SEL-700G Generator Protection Relay
  • SEL-351S Protection System

RTDS

  • Real-Time Simulated Power Grid by RTDS Technologies

The RTDS simulator has the capability of interfacing directly to the SEL Relays through a hardwired connection. The RTDS simulator sends power grid measurement, breaker status and other state information to the relays, and receives event commands such as breaker open/close back from the relays. In turn, the relays communicate their status and receive commands from the SCADA control center. The connections between the SCADA control center, relays and power grid simulator provides a best-in-class emulation of an actual operating substation.

With the existing setup, attacks to the power grid can be initiated on the model system from many locations including:

  • Enterprise level control center in the internet cloud
  • Substation SCADA control center
  • Substation Networking and telemetry communication
  • Relay command level
  • Power grid cascading event (Simulation)
  • Multi-Protocol Substation Communication Architecture (SEL, Inc)

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