Accession Number:

ADA125333

Title:

Battlefield Systems Power Network Optimization.

Descriptive Note:

Final summary rept. 9 Dec 81-30 Sep 82,

Corporate Author:

GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION

Report Date:

1982-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

This research project studies an alternative system for power distribution in a tactical environment whose goal is to improve overall reliability while reducing the total cost of generating power. As a means of accomplishing this end, we explore the concept of common users of generators in order to reduce system down time and optimize generator distribution. Our approach was to develop a computer-assisted, interactive decision model which is both portable and user friendly. The computer chosen was the Chromatics Colorgraphics system which both aids in clarifying the problem and promoting user interest. The problem we studied was fairly basic. Given an arc of operations, there are x units on the ground at given locations, interconnected by a road network. Some number of these units require varying amounts of power to be functional. Distance is used as a basic for determining the cost of providing this power. The decision support system we developed to aid the user in finding solutions to this problem is based on solving the k-best, minimum weight spanning trees for the network. It displays these k-trees in a tabular form which the user can then superimpose on a map and then utilizing any additional information he may possess, decide upon a best solution. The model is easily expandable to larger, more complex situations and is equally useful in non-tactical applications. At the end of the report, we have suggested further possible applications and expansions for this system. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE