Figure
1 shows a singleline diagram of the power network under consideration.
The thickness of the line represents the rated megavoltampere (MVA) capacity.
This is referred as input image. Using the results of powerflow analysis^{[4]},
another image is constructed for the megawatt (MW) flow in the lines and is
shown in Fig. 2. These images were translated into eightbit
bitmap images. The image constructed with MW flow in the lines is decimated
through a multiscale morphological opening transformation^{[3]}, such
that the decimated image is represented as 9category power flow network.
 Fig. 1: 
Image created with MVA capacities 
 Fig. 2: 
Image created with MW capacities 
This processed image is then superimposed on the input image. The comparison
could be done between the used capacity and the maximum capacity to obtain the
index of availability.
Image construction techniques: The logic in creating the input image in terms of pixels with varied ranges is based on the following steps. Step 1: The largest capacity of the line is 500 MVA. The other input MVA capacities are 175 and 400. The later capacities are divided with the largest possible capacity to normalize all the MVAs. Accordingly the capacity values are respectively 0.35, 0.8 and 1.0. Step 2: In order to make sure that the amount of MW that is flowing between the buses, which will always be the subset of the maximum allowable MVA capacity, the ratios obtained at step 1 are considered as the basis to decide the width of the input MVA in terms of pixels. Step 3: Assigning pixels by taking the condition cited in step 2 yields the pixel width 14, 32 and 40 which clearly acts as sets of the subsets within the ranges of 28, 1012 and 1420. The image created for the MW flow between the buses is also drawn to scale. The number of pixels corresponding to the thickness of each line is chosen after grouping the line flow values, i.e., 0 to 20 MW flow capacity is represented by the thickness of 2 pixels and henceforth the proportionality is maintained. The images that are constructed by the process explained above yield a bitmap image of the power grid as shown in Fig. 1 and 2. It would be appropriate if these spatially distributed diagrams are decimated according to their potentialities. Morphological transformations: The required basic transformations are briefly explained as follows. Let A, P and M denote sets representing total available power capacity, buses (open circles) and the power being utilized respectively over twodimensional discrete space on black background. These sets depicting the important features in spatial form are created interactively with white pixels and black background. Figure 1 is obtained through logical union of sets A and P. It is also obvious from Fig. 1 and 2 that the set M, being the map denoting spatial distribution of the load being utilized, is a subset of set A. Morphologic transformations are explained with an image represented in discrete space (M) and a template (B) that would be used as a probing rule to make modifications in M. The basic binary morphologic transformations include erosion and dilation. Figure 3 shows the impact of the basic morphological transformations.
 Fig. 3: 
(a): Synthetic power network (white) and nonetwork zone (black)
indicating the network segment of various widths; (b): Network after performing
one cycle of erosion; (c): After two cycles of erosion; (d): After one cycle
of dilation; (e): After two cycles of dilation; (f): After one cycle of
opening and (g): After two cycles of opening 
Opening:
M ө B ⊕ B = MoB  (3) 
where, ө and ⊕ respectively denote erosion and dilation symbols and B denotes a symmetric square structuring element of primitive size 3x3. Opening transformation is performed by performing erosion transformation followed by dilation transformation on M with respect to B. Decimation of set M via multiscale opening: The binary set depicting the power network in spatial form is further subjected to decimation process in the following steps. Step 1: Decimation of into varied categories. Step 2: Color coding of categorywise decimated network. Step 3: Union of colorcoded network segments to visualize the network as a function. The whole aim of the above stepwise procedure is to depict the powernetwork as a spatially represented function. This function further facilitates ways to explore links with proper power planning tasks. In this approach, decimation of set is done via multiscale opening transformation as per Eq. 4: Multiscale opening is performed on set M that consists of power lines of various thicknesses. In this set, different thickness imply different MW capacities of the lines connecting the buses. This synoptically and spatially represented set M is subjected to opening transformation by means of increasing sizes of structuring elements (B) with an aim to distribute power grid lines according to their widths. A set of equations explored in the distribution process are as follows. Further to precisely isolate the power grid lines of specific width in an increasing order, we subtract each degree of opened version from opened version of previous degree of opening (which is lower level of opening). This process is mathematically shown as follows:
(GS_{n})
= [(Mo(n1)B)/(MonB)]  (5) 
where, [(M ө nB ⊕ nB] = (MnoB) and (M ө nB) ≠ Φ, (Mө(n+1)B) ≠ Φ and GS_{n} denotes n^{th} category power grid segment. In Eq. 5 the reverse solidus denotes subtraction process between spatially represented power network sets. Implementing this equation, the opened versions of M obtained with recursive approach are considered to isolate widthwise power grid lines. Colorcoded morphological transformation: The proposed scheme for color coding of the decimated set (M) is presented as follows. For better visualization in a single image, each isolated power grid line of n^{th} category (n = 1,2,3…N) is colorcoded with intensity value denoted by (i), where n = i. Each nthcategory gridsegment (n = [1,2,…N]) decimated for 24bus system is colorcoded as follows Eq. 6: where, N is the maximum number of segments that could be decimated and i denotes the color employed to assign n^{th} degree grid segment. On processing the bitmap image shown in Fig. 2, the colorcoded image is obtained by using the proposed scheme. The nine categories are obvious with different colors. This decimated colorcoded image is super imposed on the input image as shown in Fig. 4. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION The IEEE 24 bus test system was considered to demonstrate the proposed scheme. Different structuring elements like square, octagon and rhombus have been tried to test the algorithm. The octagon shaped structuring element gave the best results and hence this has been used in the present work. The difference between the MVA (in white color) and MW (in nonwhite color) gives the amount of available power that is unused. The ratio of MVA capacity to MW capacity of the line connected between two buses can be used as an index of availability. Considering the test system as one zone, the power transfer between any two buses can be established by identifying the possible paths and choosing the optimal paths between a pair of buses.
In the system under consideration, by visualizing Fig. 4,
seven possible paths for the power transfer between bus 13 (slack bus) and bus
18 (load bus) were identified and presented in Table 1. The
paths 1, 2, 3 and 4 allow less amount of power transfer. Path 5 is not suitable
for power transfer because of the fact that the available MVA capacity between
buses 9 and 3 is only 175, which does not allow more power to be transferred.
Paths 6 and 7 can be considered for more power transfer. Out of all the above,
path 7 provides the optimal path.
 Fig. 4: 
Decimated colorcoded image superimposed on the input image 
Table 1: 
Paths for power transfer 

CONCLUSION The proposed technique was successfully implemented on IEEE 24 bus test system and the results obtained were found to be satisfactory. The contributions can be summarized as follows: • 
A scheme to generate a graphical image of a power network
to scale, for a better visualization in twodimensional discrete space has
been developed 
• 
A method based on morphologic filtering to decimate the power
network according to their potentials has been proposed and demonstrated 
• 
Further, optimal path finding procedure for power transfer
between two buses has been presented 
These can be extended to find optimal path for available power transfer between two areas/zones in a larger power network. The proposed techniques could be used by the planners and operators to visualize the network and extract the abstract information of the transmission system easily. It is envisaged that the proposed scheme finds wider application in power system planning and monitoring. " target="_blank">View Fulltext
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