Towards Comprehensive Modeling of Reliability for Smart Grids: Requirements and Challenges


Smart grids utilize computation and communication to improve the efficacy and dependability of power generation, transmission, and distribution. As such, they are among the most critical and complex cyber-physical systems. The success of smart grids in achieving their stated goals is yet to be rigorously proven. In this paper, our focus is on improvements (or lack thereof) in reliability. We discuss vulnerabilities in the smart grid and their potential impact on its reliability, both generally and for the specific example of the IEEE-14 bus system. We conclude the paper by presenting a preliminary Markov imbedded systems model for reliability of smart grids and describe how it can be evolved to capture the vulnerabilities discussed.

Meeting Name

15th IEEE International Symposium on High-Assurance Systems Engineering (2014: Jan. 9-11, Miami, FL)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Embedded Systems; Models; Smart Power Grids; Systems Engineering; Bus Systems; Comprehensive Model; Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs); Potential Impacts; Reliability Model; Smart Grid; Systems Modeling; Vulnerability Analysis; Reliability Analysis; Reliability Modeling

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-1479934669; 978-1479934676

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version


File Type





© 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 2014