Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Computer Science


Computer Science


College of Engineering


Theresa Migler

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor College

College of Engineering


This thesis deals with the applications of graph theory towards the electrical distribution networks that transmit electricity from the generators that produce it and the consumers that use it. Specifically, we establish the substation and bus network as graph theoretical models for this major piece of electrical infrastructure. We also generate substation and bus networks for a wide range of existing data from both synthetic and real grids and show several properties of these graphs, such as density, degeneracy, and planarity. We also motivate future research into the definition of a graph family containing bus and substation networks and the classification of that family as having polynomial expansion.