Two direct methods, the method of tangent hyperplanes and the method of tangent hypersurfaces, are applied to an elementary nonlinear dynamic system for transient stability assessment. The former method is based on the approximation of the asymptotic stability boundary by hyperplanes at a certain class of unstable singular points in the state-space, and the latter replaces hyperplanes by hypersurfaces. The applicability and accuracy of both methods are evaluated through a comparison of results.

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