Planning of secondary distribution circuits through evolutionary algorithms

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Cossi, Antônio Marcos [UNESP]
Romero, Rubén [UNESP]
Sanches Matovani, José Roberto [UNESP]

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In this work, the planning of secondary distribution circuits is approached as a mixed integer nonlinear programming problem (MINLP). In order to solve this problem, a dedicated evolutionary algorithm (EA) is proposed. This algorithm uses a codification scheme, genetic operators, and control parameters, projected and managed to consider the specific characteristics of the secondary network planning. The codification scheme maps the possible solutions that satisfy the requirements in order to obtain an effective and low-cost projected system-the conductors' adequate dimensioning, load balancing among phases, and the transformer placed at the center of the secondary system loads. An effective algorithm for three-phase power flow is used as an auxiliary methodology of the EA for the calculation of the fitness function proposed for solutions of each topology. Results for two secondary distribution circuits are presented, whereas one presents radial topology and the other a weakly meshed topology. © 2005 IEEE.



Electric energy distribution system, Evolutionary algorithms, Power flow, Secondary circuits, Electric conductors, Electric currents, Electric potential, Electric reactance measurement, Electric resistance, Electric substations, Electric transformers, Electric utilities, Integer programming, Nonlinear programming, Electric power distribution

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IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, v. 20, n. 1, p. 205-213, 2005.