Multi-objective reconfiguration of radial distribution systems using reliability indices

N.G. Paterakis, A. Mazza, S.F. Santos, O. Erdinc, G. Chicco, A.G. Bakirtzis, J.P.S. Catalao

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This paper deals with the distribution network reconfiguration problem in a multi-objective scope, aiming to determine the optimal radial configuration by means of minimizing the active power losses and a set of commonly used reliability indices formulated with reference to the number of customers. The indices are developed in a way consistent with a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) approach. A key contribution of the paper is the efficient implementation of the [Formula: see text] -constraint method using lexicographic optimization in order to solve the multi-objective optimization problem. After the Pareto efficient solution set is generated, the resulting configurations are evaluated using a backward/forward sweep load-flow algorithm to verify that the solutions obtained are both non-dominated and feasible. Since the [Formula: see text] -constraint method generates the Pareto front but does not incorporate decision maker (DM) preferences, a multi-attribute decision making procedure, namely, the technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) method, is used in order to rank the obtained solutions according to the DM preferences, facilitating the final selection. The applicability of the proposed method is assessed on a classical test system and on a practical distribution system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1062
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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