**Classification of Power System Buses**

A bus in a power system is defined as the vertical line at which the several components of the power system like generators, loads, and feeders, etc., are connected.

**The buses in a power system are associated with four quantities.**

1. magnitude of the voltage

2. phase angle of the voltage

3. active or true power

4. the reactive power

**Generation Bus or Voltage control bus**

This bus is also called the P-V bus, and on this bus, the voltage magnitude corresponding to generate voltage and true or active power P corresponding to its rating are specified. Voltage magnitude is maintained constant at a specified value by injection of reactive power. The reactive power generation Q and phase angle δ of the voltage is to be computed.

**Load Bus**

This is also called the P-Q bus and at this bus, the active and reactive power is injected into the network. The magnitude and phase angle of the voltage is to be computed. Here the active power P and reactive power Q are specified, and the load bus voltage can be permitted within a tolerable value, i.e., 5 %. The phase angle of the voltage, i.e.δ is not very important for the load.

**Slack, Swing or Reference Bus**

Slack bus in a power system absorbs or emit active or reactive power from the power system. The slack bus does not carry any load. At this bus, the magnitude and phase angle of the voltage is specified. The phase angle of the voltage is usually set equal to zero. The active and reactive power of this bus is usually determined through the solution of equations.

The slack bus is a fictional concept in load flow studies and arises because the I2R losses of the system are not known accurately in advance for the load flow calculation. Therefore, the total injected power cannot be specified at every bus. The phase angle of the voltage at the slack bus is usually taken as reference or zero.

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