Distribution systems resilience enhancement via pre- and post-event actions

Babak Taheri, Amir Safdarian*, Moein Moeini-Aghtaie, Matti Lehtonen

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Recently, resilience studies have become an indispensable tool for sustainable operation of energy infrastructure. In line with the need, this study presents a mathematical model to enhance resilience level of power distribution systems against natural disasters. The model is designed as a three-stage algorithm according to system operators’ actions. The first stage schedules pre-event actions. At this stage, forecasts about the approaching disaster as well as fragility curves of system components are used to identify failure probability of system components. The failure probabilities are used to trip out the lines as much as possible to defensively operate the distribution network, and advantages of alternatives such as distributed energy resources and normally-open switches are taken to serve critical loads. The second stage is to monitor system operating conditions during the event and identify the status of system components. The third stage mainly focuses on scheduling post-event actions. At this stage, based on real data about different elements of the network, available alternatives are taken to restore as much critical load as possible. To evaluate performance of the model, it is applied to a distribution test system and the results are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-556
Number of pages8
JournalIET Smart Grid
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Distributed power generation
  • Internet
  • Scheduling
  • Disasters
  • Distributed processing
  • Distribution networks
  • Switchgear
  • Probability
  • Failure analyses


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