Author(s): Shilpa B. Ganesh, Karl Schoder, Hong-Jian Lai, Amer Al-Hinai, Ali Feliachi

Reference: ASNE Reconfiguration & Survivability Symposium, Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 16-17, 2005

Abstract: The automatic reconfiguration of electric shipboard power systems is an important step toward improved fight-through and self-healing capabilities of naval warships. The improvements are envisioned by redesigning the electric power system and its controls. This research focuses on a new scheme for an energy management system in form of distributed control agents. The control agents’ task is to ensure supply of the various load demands while taking into consideration system constraints and load and supply path priorities. A self-stabilizing maximum flow algorithm is investigated to allow implementation of the agents’ strategies and find a global solution by only considering local information and a minimum amount of communication. A case study using the distributed agents within a multi-layer system architecture to function as energy management system is presented.

Keywords: Energy Management System, Automatic Reconfiguration, Electric Shipboard Power Systems, multi-agent system