Security of electric power systems : cascading outage analysis, interdiction model and resilience to natural disasters
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Secure electric power system operation is key to social warfare. However, recent years have seen numerous natural disasters and terrorist attacks that threat the grid security. This dissertation summarizes the efforts to develop a model to analyze cascading outages, an interdiction model to analyze worst-case attacks on power grids, and research on grid resilience to natural disasters. The developed cascading outage analysis model uses outage checkers to systematically simulate the system behavior after an initial disturbance, and calculate the potential cascading outage path and electric load shedding. The new interdiction model combines the previously developed medium-term attack-defense model with the short-term cascading outage analysis model to find worst-case terrorist attack. The dissertation also reviews the research on power grid resilience to natural disaster, and develops a framework to simulate the impacts of hurricanes.