#### Event Title

What Does the Network Structure of Power Grids Tell Us About Blackouts?

#### Location

CSU 204

#### Start Date

4-4-2011 11:00 AM

#### End Date

4-4-2011 12:30 PM

#### Student's Major

Mathematics and Statistics

#### Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

#### Mentor's Name

In-Jae Kim

#### Mentor's Department

Mathematics and Statistics

#### Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

#### Description

An electric power grid is a critical infrastructure. Without electric supply we cannot sustain our normal lives. Nowadays lackouts caused by cascading failure of the system is considered to be a national disaster. The electric power grid consists of electric generators and power lines connecting generators. By depicting the generators as dots and the power lines as lines, we can get a mathematical model (called a graph or network) representing a topological structure of a power grid. We will study how the network structure of power grids can contribute to the blackouts.

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What Does the Network Structure of Power Grids Tell Us About Blackouts?

CSU 204

An electric power grid is a critical infrastructure. Without electric supply we cannot sustain our normal lives. Nowadays lackouts caused by cascading failure of the system is considered to be a national disaster. The electric power grid consists of electric generators and power lines connecting generators. By depicting the generators as dots and the power lines as lines, we can get a mathematical model (called a graph or network) representing a topological structure of a power grid. We will study how the network structure of power grids can contribute to the blackouts.

#### Recommended Citation

Tait, Jordan. "What Does the Network Structure of Power Grids Tell Us About Blackouts?." *Undergraduate Research Symposium*, Mankato, MN, April 4, 2011.

http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2011/oral-session-05/5