Graduate Seminar with Shanshan Ma: Resilience-Oriented Design of Electrical Distribution System

Date(s) - 6 Nov 2019
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

3043 ECpE Building Addition

Speaker: Shanshan Ma, ECpE Graduate Student

Adviser: Zhaoyu Wang

Title: Resilience-Oriented Design of Electrical Distribution System

Abstract: Climatic hazards, such as hurricanes and ice-storms, pose a top threat to power distribution systems. This paper proposes a resilience-enhancing strategy to make distribution systems more resilient to climatic hazards. The proposed strategy consists of three resilience-oriented design (ROD) measures, namely line hardening, installing backup distributed generators (DGs), and adding automatic switches. The main challenges of this problem are i) modeling the spatio-temporal correlation among ROD decisions and uncertainties, ii) capturing the entire failure-recovery-cost process, and iii) solving the resultant large-scale mixed-integer stochastic problem efficiently. To deal with these challenges, we propose a hybrid stochastic process with deterministic casual structure to model the spatio-temporal correlations of uncertainties. A new two-stage stochastic mixed-integer linear program (MILP) is formulated to capture the impacts of ROD decisions and uncertainties on system’s responses to climatic hazards. The objective is to minimize the ROD investment cost in the first stage and the expected costs of loss of load, DG operation, and damage repairs in the second stage. A dual decomposition (DD) algorithm with branch-and-bound is developed to solve the proposed model with binary variables in both stages. Case studies on the IEEE 123-bus test feeder show the proposed approach can improve the system resilience at minimum costs.

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