# General information¶

The goal is to compute the voltages at each bus and the currents and powers flow in each branch of the network. The computation must respect the Kirchhoff’s laws and the constraints of the network.

More formally, this is done by solving a system of \(n\) nonlinear equations with \(n\) variables:

The goal is then to find \(x\) such that:

Computationally, this translates to finding a solution \(x\) such that:

With \(\varepsilon\) being a small *tolerance*.
In code, \(\varepsilon\) can be set with `en.solve_load_flow(tolerance=...)`

(by default `1e-6`

).

There are several solvers to solve this kind of problems. In *Roseau Load Flow*, the following
solvers are available:

# Newton-Raphson¶

This is the classical *Newton-Raphson* method.

First, an initial solution \(x_0\) is chosen by initializing the voltages either by propagating the
voltage of the sources or by re-using the results from the last successful run. The choice of
either option depends on the `warm_start`

argument to the `en.solve_load_flow()`

method.

Then, multiple iterations are made with:

with \(J_F\) being the jacobian of \(F\).

The algorithm stops when it finds a solution \(x_k\) such that \(||F(x_k)||_{\infty} < \varepsilon\)
within a maximum number of iterations (modify with `en.solve_load_flow(max_iterations=...)`

). If
the maximum number of iterations is exceeded, the solver did not converge and the execution
fails.

## Parameters¶

The *Newton-Raphson* solver doesn’t accept any parameter.

# Goldstein and Price¶

This is a variant of the classical *Newton-Raphson* solver with a linear search.

At each iteration, \(x_{k+1}\) is calculated using:

with \(d = -J_F^{-1}F\)

For the classical *Newton-Raphson* solver, \(t=1\) is chosen for the next iterate.
The idea of the linear searches, in this case the *Goldstein and Price* variant, is to find a
“better” \(t\) that improves the convergence of the solver.

Let \(g\) be a function to be minimized:

Let \(q\) be the function \(g\) in the direction \(d\):

A search is made to find \(t\) such that:

In the figure above, any \(t\) such that \(a < t < b\) is satisfactory.

This \(t\) is found by dichotomy with multiple iterations, but in most cases only one iteration is needed. This is especially true when there are no flexible loads in the network.

\(t\) is then used to compute \(x_{k+1} = x_k + t d(x_k)\)

The *Goldstein and Price* variant is thus as fast as the classical *Newton-Raphson* while being
more robust.

## Parameters¶

The *Goldstein and Price* solver accepts the following parameters:

`"m1"`

the first constant of the*Goldstein and Price*variant. By default:`0.1`

.`"m2"`

the second constant of the*Goldstein and Price*variant. By default:`0.9`

. Note that the constraint \(m_1 < m_2\) must be met.