Date of Graduation


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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Ali Feliachi.


The objective of this thesis is to design and test a small scale testbed for the all-electric shipboard power distribution system. Shipboard power system is increasingly becoming more reconfigurable, and multi-agent systems are developed to automate routine operation and emergency reconfiguration. Underlying algorithms of these systems have been verified using software simulation tools. However, these simulators run in soft realtime by using simple mathematical models to represent the physical system. These models do not incorporate every aspect of the physical system. A testbed provides a cost effective physical environment to verify these algorithms and control techniques in the real world. This testbed, based on the Navy's notional all electric ship, keeps characteristic features of the Office of Naval Research's Integrated Power System. It provides a platform for testing local and distributed controls. Local embedded controllers on the testbed run in hard real-time, and a CAN bus builds the communication networking among them. Performance of the controllers has been verified successfully, and the platform provides an environment that allows prototyping and testing agent-based higher-level controls and decision making entities.