Benchmarking and Validation of Cascading Failure Analysis Tools

Janusz Bialek, Emanuele Ciapessoni, Diego Cirio, Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez, Chris Dent, Ian Dobson, Pierre Henneaux, Paul Hines, Jorge Jardim, Stephen Miller, Mathaios Panteli, Milorad Papic, Andrea Pitto, Jairo Quiros-Tortos, Dee Wu

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    Cascading failure in electric power systems is a complicated problem for which a variety of models, software tools, and analytical tools have been proposed but are difficult to verify. Benchmarking and validation are necessary to understand how closely a particular modeling method corresponds to reality, what engineering conclusions may be drawn from a particular tool, and what improvements need to be made to the tool in order to reach valid conclusions. The community needs to develop the test cases tailored to cascading that are central to practical benchmarking and validation. In this paper, the IEEE PES working group on cascading failure reviews and synthesizes how benchmarking and validation can be done for cascading failure analysis, summarizes and reviews the cascading test cases that are available to the international community, and makes recommendations for improving the state of the art.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number7404289
    Pages (from-to)4887-4900
    Number of pages14
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
    Issue number6
    Early online date11 Feb 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


    • Cascading failure
    • power systems reliability
    • risk analysis
    • validation


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