Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering


Makram, Elham

Committee Member

Groff , Richard

Committee Member

Gowdy , John


The recent advent of synchronized phasor measurements has allowed a power system to be more readily observable. In fact, when multiple buses are observed, applications that were never before possible become a reality. One such application is the detection of line outages in remote or unobserved parts of the system. Two such methods of line outage detection are examined. First, principal component analysis is used to show that highly accurate line outage detection is possible. Using concepts similar to principal component analysis, a novel line outage detection algorithm is developed. Lastly, the efficacy of the novel line outage detection algorithm is examined using both steady-state and dynamic simulations.