Reconfiguration of shipboard power systems
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The electrical system on a ship is well contained. Among the challenges proffered by naval systems is real time monitoring for the purpose of fault analysis and reconfiguration. The power system can be considered as a grid of interconnected trunk lines each with its own equivalent parallel load impedance and series transmission impedance. These equivalent impedances provide a natural means of reducing a rather large, complex system to a small compact system. The reduced system can be optimized to maximize power flow through the equivalent parallel impedances and minimize the loss in the series components. Binary integer optimization techniques offer the most promise in solving these problems quickly.