Richard P. Bingham

Power Quality Columnist

Richard P. Bingham, a contributing editor for power quality. He can be reached at 732.287.3680.

Articles by Richard P. Bingham

January 2006
Reading through some electrical engineering textbooks written in the 1930s, the term “frequency” is used to describe what is now referred to as the “fundamental electric power frequency,” also known as 60 Hertz (Hz) in North America and some other parts of the world. In the 1930s, there was only one frequency on the electrical wires, so it didn’t need extra adjectives to define it. READ MORE
December 2005
At a recent National Electrical Code taskforce meeting dealing with mission-critical facilities relative to scenarios proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, the main concern seemed to be “you can’t test critical facilities. READ MORE
November 2005
Though the rules of Kirchoff's and Ohm's Laws are always the same, the emphasis on power quality (PQ) changes throughout a facility's life cycle and equipment within. The electric utility system, which is still feeling the effects of deregulation and distributed generation, can provide a different quality of supply. READ MORE
October 2005
Keeping the voltage and currents balanced in a facility is not just a power quality concern, it can also affect energy consumption and equipment life, especially with electric motors. A recent Department of Energy publication states “Voltage unbalance is probably the leading power quality problem that results in motor overheating and premature motor failure. READ MORE
September 2005
When sport teams begin their training camps, they usually start with a return to the basics. For football, it is blocking and tackling. READ MORE
August 2005
As the summer approaches, so does the lightning season. Lightning is one of the sources of power quality phenomena, which can manifest as high frequency transients and/or rms variations, including sags and interruptions, depending on where the lightning strikes and the “electrical location” of the facility relative to the lightning strike. READ MORE
July 2005
In a recent article, we covered the need for having a “pre-flight check” performed before moving existing or installing new information technology (IT) equipment into a newly constructed computer room. Since the contractor was not aware of the requirements for such a room, we volunteered our power quality services in exchange for interesting data for this article. READ MORE
June 2005
You have seen them: tall, gangling, steel structures-known as high-tension lines-that transport hundreds of kilovolts. These rights-of-way are used to safely move transmission-level bulk power from the generators to the distribution substations. But the voltage levels do not start out or end up at those levels at the point of utilization. Then why the need for such high-voltage levels? READ MORE
May 2005
I recently overheard a conversation that reminded me of how we take for granted that things will work the way we want them to without doing a few simple checks to verify them. Before every flight, a pilot will go through a checklist, walk around the plane, wiggle this and look into that-all to improve the probability of a successful, uneventful flight. READ MORE