Dynamic Islanding in Power Systems Based on Real-Time Operating Conditions

Sagnik Basumallik, Sara Eftekharnejad

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During cascading failure in a power system, intentional controlled islanding is deemed as the last resort that prevents complete power system collapse. However, there exist two major challenges in the process of partitioning a power system: (a) optimal coordination of circuit breakers to trip candidate transmission lines, and (b) ensuring large steady state and transient stability margins to prevent further outages in smaller islands. This paper addresses the challenge of creating stable partitions. Contrary to the traditional methods, the developed islanding method is considered to be dynamic, i.e. the lines to be disconnected during an island are not pre-determined, rather, depend on real-time system conditions. Highly stable partitions alleviate frequency problems in the smaller islands, minimize load loss, and reduce dependency on large black-start units. Simulations are performed on synthetic Illinois 200-Bus system considering different number of islands and loading conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104072
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019 - Wichita, United States
Duration: Oct 13 2019Oct 15 2019

Publication series

Name51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019


Conference51st North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • coherency
  • dynamic islanding
  • load-generation imbalance
  • mixed integer linear programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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