# 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.

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.

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