**Tie Set Matrix(Link Currents):**

Tie Set Matrix – For a given tree of a graph, addition of each link between any two nodes forms a loop called the fundamental loop. In a loop there exists a closed path and a circulating current, which is called the link current. The current in any branch of a graph can be found by using link currents.

The fundamental loop formed by one link has a unique path in the tree joining the two nodes of the link. This loop is also called f-loop or a tie set.

Consider a connected graph shown in Fig. 2.16 (a). It has four nodes and six branches, One of its trees is arbitrarily chosen and is shown in Fig. 2.16 (b). The twigs of this tree are branches 4, 5 and 6. The links corresponding to this tree are branches 1, 2 and 3. Every link defines a fundamental loop of the network.

**No. of nodes it = 4**

**No. of branches b = 6**

**No. of tree branches or twigs = n â€” 1 = 3**

**No. of link branches I = b â€” (n â€” 1) = 3**

Let i_{1}, i_{2},….i_{6} be the branch currents with directions as shown in Fig. 2.16 (a). Let us add a link in its proper place to the tree as shown in 2.16 (c). It is seen that a loop .I_{1} is formed by the branches 1, 5 and 6. There is a formation of link current, let this current be I_{1}. This current passes through the branches 1, 5 and 6. By convention a fundamental loop is given the same orientation as its defining link, i.e. the link current I_{1} coincides with the branch current direction i_{1}Â in ab. A tie set can also be defined as the set of branches that forms a closed loop in which the link current flows. By adding the other link branches 2 and 3, we can form two more fundamental loops or f-loops with link currents I_{2}Â and I_{3}Â respectively as shown in Figs 2.16 (d) and (e).

**Tie Set Matrix**

Kirchhoff’s voltage law can be applied to the f-loops to get a set of linearly independent equations. Consider Fig. 2.17.

There are three fundamental loops I_{1}, I_{2}Â and I_{3}Â corresponding to the link branches 1, 2 and 3 respectively. If V_{1}, V_{2},…V_{6} are the branch voltages the KVL equations for the three f-loops can be written as

In order to apply KVL to each fundamental loop, we take the reference direction of the loop which coincides with the reference direction of the link defining the loop.

The above equation can be written in matrix form as

where B is an I x b matrix called the tie set matrix or fundamental loop matrix and V_{b} is a column vector of branch voltages.

The tie set matrix B is written in a compact form as B[b_{ij}]Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (2.5)

The element b_{ij}Â of B is defined as

b_{ijÂ }= 1 when branch b_{j}Â is in the f-loop I_{i}(loop current) and their reference directions coincide.

b_{ij} = â€”1 when branch b_{j}Â is in the f-loop I_{i}loop current) and their reference directions are opposite.

b_{ijÂ }= 0 when branch b_{jÂ }is not in the f-loopÂ I_{i.}

**Tie Set Matrix and Branch Currents**

It is possible to express branch currents as a linear combination of link current using matrix B.

If I_{B}Â and I_{IÂ }represents the branch current matrix and loop current matrix respectively and B is the tie set matrix, then

where [B^{T}] is the transpose of the matrix [B]. Equation (6) is known as link current transformation equation.

Consider the tie set matrix of Fig. 2.17

The branch current vectorÂ [I_{b}] Â is a column vector.

The loop current vector [I_{L}] is a column vector

Therefore the link current transformation equation is given by [I_{b}] = [B^{T}] [I_{L}]

The branch currents are