Towards Diagnosing Cascading Outages in Cyber Physical Energy Systems using Temporal Causal Models



Ajay Chhokra Nagabhushan Mahadevan Abhishek Dubey Daniel Balasubramanian Gabor Karsai


Cascading failures in critical cyber physical systems such as power systems are rare but lead to huge social and economic implications. Timely diagnosis of faults in these systems is a challenging task due to inherent heterogeneity and scale of the system. In the past, we have successfully demonstrated a robust technique for diagnosing independent component faults using Temporal Causal Diagrams (TCD) at sub-system level. In this paper, we present a systematic approach of using the sub-system level fault models to auto-generate a systemlevel fault model that helps in diagnosing cascading failures. We show the time complexity of our model generation algorithm using industry standard Power Transmission networks. Further, we describe the updates to the existing TCD reasoner algorithms and report the TCD diagnosis results for simulated multi fault scenario on a standard power system.

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Chhokra, A., Mahadevan, N., Dubey, A., Balasubramanian, D., & Karsai, G. (2017). Towards Diagnosing Cascading Outages in Cyber Physical Energy Systems using Temporal Causal Models. Annual Conference of the PHM Society, 9(1).
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model based diagnostics, Power systems, Cyber Physical Energy Systems, Temporal Causal Diagrams

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