Reconfiguration Of Shipboard Power Systems Using A Genetic Algorithm
Padamati, Koteshwar Reddy
The shipboard power system supplies energy to sophisticated systems for weapons, communications, navigation, and operation. After a fault is encountered, reconfiguration of a shipboard power system becomes a critical activity that is required to either restore service to a lost load or to meet some operational requirements of the ship. Reconfiguration refers to changing the topology of the power system in order to isolate system damage and/or optimize certain characteristics of the system related to power efficiency. When finding the optimal state, it is important to have a method that finds the desired state within a short amount of time, in order to allow fast response for the system. Since the reconfiguration problem is highly nonlinear over a domain of discrete variables, the genetic algorithm method is a suitable candidate. In this thesis, a reconfiguration methodology, using a genetic algorithm, is presented that will reconfigure a network, satisfying the operational requirements and priorities of loads. Graph theory is utilized to represent the shipboard power system topology in matrices. The reconfiguration process and the genetic algorithm are implemented in MATLAB and tested on an 8-bus power system model and on larger power system with distributed generators by considering different fault scenarios. Each test system was reconfigured in three different ways: by considering load priority, without considering load priority, and by combining priority factor and magnitude factor. The test results accuracy was verified through hand checking.