The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) building
High Voltage Testing
Students lower cryostat into nitrogen coolant to begin testing
Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS)
Faculty member installing circuit board into one of the RTDS racks
Rotational Machinery Test Bed
Employees make adjustments to the Dynamometer and High Speed Gear enclosure
CAPS Control Room
CAPS students and researchers conduct tests of actual Power Hardware combined with simulation tools
Energy Conversion and Integration
CAPS engages in specialized research in control characterization, analysis, and assessment of systems that exhibit a high degree of nonlinearity
CAPS utilizes special purpose multi-processor computer systems that are optimized for real-time power system simulations
The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary research center organized to perform basic and applied research to advance the field of power systems technology. CAPS emphasis is on application to electric utility, defense, and transportation, as well as developing an education program to train the next generation of power systems engineers. The research focuses on electric power systems modeling and simulation, power electronics and machines, control systems, thermal management, cyber-security for power systems, high temperature superconductor characterization and electrical insulation research.
With support from the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the U.S. Department of Energy, CAPS has established a unique test and demonstration facility with one of the largest real-time digital power systems simulators along with 5 MW AC and DC test beds for hardware in the loop simulation. The center is supported by a research team comprised of dedicated and highly skilled researchers, scientists, faculty, engineers, and students, recruited from across the globe, with strong representation from both the academic/research community and industry.