A novel directly-solvable non-iterative load flow model for radial distribution system studies

Mehrdad Aghamohamadi, Mohammed H. Haque, Amin Mahmoudi, John K. Ward

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Abstract

Load flow problems in electricity distribution systems (EDS) are generally solved through iterative methods such as Newton-Raphson, Gauss-Seidel, Forward-backward Sweep-based methods, etc. These methods are subject to problems such as poor convergence for EDSs with high R/X ratio branches and huge mathematical/programing burden in some cases. Moreover, in EDS studies such as power loss minimization, energy management, EDS planning/expansion, etc., load flow calculations need to be conducted alongside the required objective function and the related constraints of the study. To solve such models, optimization techniques such as metaheuristic methods, are used in which load flow calculation is conducted in each iteration, bringing extra mathematical burden. To address these limitations, this paper presents a new directly solvable and non-iterative load flow model which is developed using a new bus indexing procedure. A connectivity matrix is introduced to characterize the configuration of EDS and provide a feasible general representation of load flow equations. This enables the proposed modified load flow equations to be mergeable in any type of EDS study as model constraints. Moreover, unlike previous iterative models, it can be solved directly through standard optimization packages in a single shot with no need to further iterative optimization procedures, such as metaheuristic methods. This results in a moderate mathematical and programing burden. The 33-bus system is employed to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed load flow model. The obtained results are reported and compared with forward-backward sweep-based load flow as a benchmark. Accordingly, it is shown that the proposed model maintains the same outcome without using iterative optimization techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, PEDES 2020
Place of PublicationJaipur, India
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728156729
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2020
Event9th IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, PEDES 2020 - Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, Jaipur, India
Duration: 16 Dec 202019 Dec 2020

Publication series

Name9th IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, PEDES 2020

Conference

Conference9th IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems, PEDES 2020
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityJaipur
Period16/12/2019/12/20

Keywords

  • Connectivity matrix
  • Directly solvable load flow
  • Electricity distribution system
  • Load Flow
  • Optimization

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