Searching for Plausible N-k Contingencies Endangering Voltage Stability

Johannes Tilman Gabriel Weckesser (Guest lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Presentation of a novel search algorithm using time-domain simulations to identify plausible N-k contingencies endangering voltage stability. Starting from an initial list of disturbances, progressively more severe contingencies are investigated. After simulation of a N-k contingency, the simulation results are assessed. If the system response is unstable, a plausible harmful contingency sequence has been found. Otherwise, components affected by the contingencies are considered as candidate next event leading to N-(k+1) contingencies. This implicitly takes into account hidden failures of component protections. The performance of the proposed search algorithm is compared to a brute-force algorithm and demonstrated on the IEEE Nordic test system.
Period27 Sep 2017
Event title2017 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe
Event typeConference
LocationTorino, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • N-k contingencies
  • cascading outages
  • protection hidden failures
  • voltage instability
  • time-domain simulation