Due to perpetual and innovative technological advancements, the need for reliable and stable power generation and transmission has been increasing dramatically over the years. Smart grids use advanced technologies to provide self-monitoring, self-checking and self-healing power networks, including smart metering devices capable of providing accurate measurements of the networkâ€™s power components. Among the most important metering devices in this context are â€œPhasor Measurement Units (PMUs)â€. PMUs are metering devices that provide synchronized measurements of voltage, current and phase angle differences using signals from the GPS satellites. However, due to the high cost of such advanced metering devices, studies were performed to determine the minimum number of PMUs required and their strategic placements in the power networks to provide full system observability. In this thesis, we consider fault-tolerant PMU placement aiming to minimize the number of PMUs while maintaining system observability under various contingencies. Conventionally, the optimal number of PMUs in a system is determined based on the systemâ€™s connectivity matrix under no contingency. This thesis considers fault- tolerant PMU placement under single and double branch failures. We propose algebraic connectivity, or Fiedler value, to identify the worst- case branch failures in terms of connectivity degradation. The proposed PMU placement accounts for this worst-case and covers a large percentage of other single and double branch failures. Furthermore, we propose the usage of Fiedler vector to provide a PMU placement that would ensure that the system remains fully observable during system partitioning into separate sub-systems. The resulting placements are compared with those obtained without considering connectivity degradation or system partitioning in terms of the percentages of observable systems during any single and double branch failures. The proposed PMU placements have increased percentages of fully observable systems in the event of any single or double branch failures compared to nonâ€”contingency based placement, with a reasonable increase in number of PMUs, and for some placement approaches no increase in PMUs is needed for providing a higher percentage of fully observable systems.
Electronics & Communications Engineering Department
MS in Electronics & Communication Engineering
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El Hosainy, M.
(2017).Improved fault-tolerant PMU placement using algebraic connectivity of graphs [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
El Hosainy, Mahmoud. Improved fault-tolerant PMU placement using algebraic connectivity of graphs. 2017. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.