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Impact of a Surface Nuclear Blast on the Transient Stability of the Power System

  • Christopher L. Barrett
  • Virgilio Centeno
  • Stephen Eubank
  • Cansin Yaman Evrenosoğlu
  • Achla Marathe
  • Madhav V. MaratheEmail author
  • Chetan Mishra
  • Henning Mortveit
  • Anamitra Pal
  • Arun Phadke
  • James Thorp
  • Anil Vullikanti
  • Mina Youssef
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8985)

Abstract

In this chapter, we study the consequences of an improvised nuclear detonation (IND) to the sub-transmission and distribution systems of Washington D.C. in the Eastern Interconnection (EI). We briefly discuss the geographical location of the blast and the interconnection of the power utility serving this area, with the neighboring power utilities. Analysis of the grid with respect to steady state stability as well as transient stability is performed to understand the impact of loss in load as a result of the blast. The steady state analysis alone does not offer a complete understanding of the loss of the neighboring substations. The transient stability analysis shows that for the simulated event, the system stabilizes approximately 7 s after the occurrence of the event. The stability of the system can be attributed to the fact that the drop in load was relatively small compared to the generation capacity of the EI.

Keywords

Eastern interconnection Stability analysis Improvised nuclear detonation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors thank members of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory for their helpful suggestions and comments. This work has been partially supported by DTRA Grant HDTRA1-11-1-0016, DTRA CNIMS Contract HDTRA1-11-D-0016-0001, NSF ICES Grant CCF-1216000, NSF NetSE Grant CNS-1011769 and DOE Grant DE-SC0003957. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NSF, DOE and DoD DTRA.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher L. Barrett
    • 1
  • Virgilio Centeno
    • 2
  • Stephen Eubank
    • 1
  • Cansin Yaman Evrenosoğlu
    • 2
  • Achla Marathe
    • 1
  • Madhav V. Marathe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chetan Mishra
    • 2
  • Henning Mortveit
    • 1
  • Anamitra Pal
    • 1
  • Arun Phadke
    • 2
  • James Thorp
    • 2
  • Anil Vullikanti
    • 1
  • Mina Youssef
    • 1
  1. 1.Network Dynamics and Simulation Science LaboratoryBiocomplexity Institute of Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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