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Feeder reconfiguration, Bacterial foraging optimization, Backward-Forward sweep, Power loss reduction, Radial network, Distribution system, Geographical information system

This paper presents a distribution network reconfiguration based on bacterial foraging optimization algorithm (BFOA) along with backward-forward sweep (BFS) load flow method and geographical information system (GIS). Distribution network reconfiguration (DNR) is a complex, non-linear, combinatorial, and non-differentiable constrained optimization process aimed at finding the radial structure that minimized network power loss while satisfying all operating constraints. BFOA is used to obtain the optimal switching configuration which results in a minimum loss, BFS is used to optimize the deviation in node voltages, and GIS is used for planning and easy analysis purposes. Simulation is performed on the 33-bus system and results are compared with the other approaches. The obtained results show that the proposed approach is better in terms of efficiency and having good convergence criteria.

Manju Mam, Leena G, N.S. Saxena,"Distribution Network Reconfiguration for Power Loss Minimization Using Bacterial Foraging Optimization Algorithm", International Journal of Engineering and Manufacturing(IJEM), Vol.6, No.2, pp.18-32, 2016. DOI: 10.5815/ijem.2016.02.03

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