Jose E. Fadul

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Kenneth M. Hopkinson, PhD.


This dissertation advocates the use of reputation-based trust in conjunction with a trust management framework based on network flow techniques to form a trust management toolkit (TMT) for the defense of future Smart Grid enabled electric power grid from both malicious and non-malicious malfunctions. Increases in energy demand have prompted the implementation of Smart Grid technologies within the power grid. Smart Grid technologies enable Internet based communication capabilities within the power grid, but also increase the grid's vulnerability to cyber attacks. The benefits of TMT augmented electric power protection systems include: improved response times, added resilience to malicious and non-malicious malfunctions, and increased reliability due to the successful mitigation of detected faults. In one simulated test case, there was a 99% improvement in fault mitigation response time. Additional simulations demonstrated the TMT's ability to determine which nodes were compromised and to work around the faulty devices when responding to transient instabilities. This added resilience prevents outages and minimizes equipment damage from network based attacks, which also improves system's reliability. The benefits of the TMT have been demonstrated using computer simulations of dynamic power systems in the context of backup protection systems and special protection systems.

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