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The blackouts of the power grid of North America : a review

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Nasser Hosseinzadeh, A Kalam
The interconnected electrical power system is a complicated dynamic system. The stability of this complex dynamic system is a mafor issue when a disturbance or fault occurs in the sytem. There is a possiblility that a major disturbance may lead to instability and regional blackout, as we observed it recently (August 14, 2003) in the North American continent with a major blackout that affected 50 million people in a very large area. Depending on the nature of the fault, system configuration and operating conditions, various types of instability such as transient instability, dynamic (or small-signal) instability or voltage instability (voltage collabse) may occur and if not contained by on time control actions lead to major outage (blackout) of the electrical power. This article reviews some problems related to the blackouts with an emphasis on the technical and structural issues as well as problems related to human resources and educational aspects of power systems.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Parent Title

Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on PowerCon 2003: Special theme 'Blackout

Start Page

81

End Page

86

Number of Pages

6

Start Date

01/01/2003

Finish Date

01/01/2003

ISBN-10

0889864004

Location

New York, USA

Publisher

ACTA Press

Place of Publication

Calgary, Canada

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems; International Conference on PowerCon; Victoria University (Melbourne, Vic.);

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

International Association for Science and Technology for Development. International Conference on PowerCon