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Power Systems A: Understanding Power System Design & Operation

 

Learn to communicate effectively with electrical engineers and system designers. This user-friendly course is geared toward managers, project coordinators, engineers, designers, technicians and other individuals who have little or no formal training in electrical power system design and operation.

Take this course along with half-day booster courses Power Systems B and Power Systems C to complete 28 PDHs in just one week. Also, enroll in our online Engineering Ethics course for two additional PDHs to complete the required 30 PDHs for PE license renewal.

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This program presents fundamental concepts of power system design and operation in a user-friendly format that addresses the needs of non-electrical engineers involved in power service projects. It begins with basic electrical theory and demonstrates how these theories are applied when developing transmission and distribution systems.

Examples of recent power system events, transmission system limitations, and distribution system operating practices are presented in detail. "Show and tell" samples of a wide variety of power system components are displayed and discussed.

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand key electrical parameters and fundamental operation of power systems
  • Foresee localized interruptions, widespread outages and regional blackouts
  • Examine case studies that include a list of modifications designed to minimize outages

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Course Outline/Topics

Day 1

Customer Equipment and Service Requirements

• Single phase 120 and 240 volt equipment

• Three phase  277/480 volt equipment

• Medium voltage, 13 KV, equipment

• High Voltage, 138 KV, equipment

• Power quality

• Reliability

• Customer Load Types

Distribution System Design and Operation

• Voltage and current ratings

• Overhead lines and components

o Wire, cable and support structures

o Electrical clearance considerations

o Circuit reclosers and fuses

o Air break switches

o Surge and lightning protection

• Underground lines and components

o Cable and duct banks

o Fuses and sectionalizers

o Insulated  switches

o Surge and lightning protection

o Submersible and Padmounted Components

• Distribution System Operation – General Concepts

o Short circuit detection and isolation

o Load and voltage control

o Power factor correction (capacitors)

o Voltage regulators

o Distribution system efficiency

• Distribution System Operation – Radial Systems

• Distribution System Operation – Networked Systems

• Distribution System Operation – Automated Systems

• Distribution System Operation – With SMART Grid Enhancements

• Distribution System Operation – With Distributed, Renewable Generation

• Distribution System Operation – Cold Load Pickup

Day 2

Transmission System Design and Operation

• Voltage and current ratings

• Voltage Control

• Overhead lines and components

o Wire, cable and support structures

o Electrical clearance considerations

o Air break switches

o Surge and lightning protection

• Underground lines and components

o Cable and duct banks

o Insulated  switches

o Surge and lightning protection

• Transmission system operation

o Short circuit detection and isolation

o Load and voltage control

o Economic dispatch of generators

o Power factor correction

o Voltage control with generators

o Transmission system efficiency

o System stability considerations

o Reactive Power Requirements

o FIDVR  (Fault Induced Delayed Voltage Recovery)

Day 3

Substation Design and Operation

• Voltage and current ratings

• Voltage Control

• VTs (Voltage Transformers)

• CTs (Current Transformers)

• Transformer connections and ratings

• Switchyard Configurations

• Substation Configurations

• Outdoor, Open Air, substations

o Electrical clearance considerations

o Instrumentation and Controls

o Circuit breakers and ratings

o Circuit switchers and circuit interrupters

o Protective relaying

o Air break switches

o Zones of protection

o Surge and lightning protection

• Indoor, enclosed, substations

o Switchgear designs

o GIS (Gas Insulated Substation) designs

o Phase bus designs and ratings

o Electrical clearance considerations

• Substation operation

o Bus configurations

o Transformer and bus redundancy

o Single failure analysis

o Short circuit detection and isolation

o Circuit breaker failure considerations

• Substation Operation – Radial Systems

• Substation Operation – Networked Systems

• Substation Operation – With Automated Distribution Systems

• Substation Operation – With SMART Grid Enhancements

• Substation Operation – With Distributed, Renewable Generation

• Substation Operation – Arc Flash Considerations

*Special note: Course notes include numerous photographs of many power system components.  Small transformers, insulators, surge arrestors, fuses, wire, cable, cable terminators and other items are utilized during class discussions.

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This program can be applied toward the:

  Sessions  
Tue.-Thu., Apr. 21-23
8am-4:30pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Anthony F. Sleva, P.E., Adjunct Faculty
$1295
CEUs: 2.0/PDHs: 20
Program No. 4840-7539
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  Related Courses  
Power Systems B: Introduction to Power System Load Models
Power Systems C: Discussion of Widespread Power System Blackouts
 
  Resources  
  Understanding Power System Design & Operation course details PDF
 
For more information, contact:
Murali Vedula, mvedula@uwm.edu, 414-227-3121
Marcia Gabriel, gabrielm@uwm.edu, 414-227-3378
 

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