Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Yuan Liao


Nowadays islanding has become a big issue with the increasing use of distributed generators in power system. In order to effectively detect islanding after DG disconnects from main source, author first studied two passive islanding methods in this thesis: THD&VU method and wavelet-transform method. Compared with other passive methods, each of them has small non-detection zone, but both of them are based on the threshold limit, which is very hard to set. What’s more, when these two methods were applied to practical signals distorted with noise, they performed worse than anticipated.

Thus, a new composite intelligent based method is presented in this thesis to solve the drawbacks above. The proposed method first uses wavelet-transform to detect the occurrence of events (including islanding and non-islanding) due to its sensitivity of sudden change. Then this approach utilizes artificial neural network (ANN) to classify islanding and non-islanding events. In this process, three features based on THD&VU are extracted as the input of ANN classifier. The performance of proposed method was tested on two typical distribution networks. The obtained results of two cases indicated the developed method can effectively detect islanding with low misclassification.