Whenever energized electrical equipment is being examined, serviced, maintained or adjusted in any way, there is always the potential for an electrical explosion to occur, resulting in injury to the electrical worker and damage to the equipment.
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In a recent discussion about the virtues of power quality (PQ) monitoring with some less-than-knowledgeable business people, the point was raised that, “Why bother to figure out whose fault it is if you can’t fix it?” I responded to this comment by showing them some of the latest software tools avai
The upstream sags and interruptions caused by faults on the electric utility system are often blamed for being the root of all evil, yet studies have shown that most power quality (PQ) problems originate within the facility itself, as indicated from the following sources:
Last month’s article focused on power factor (PF) capacitor switching transients. Although most power quality (PQ) disturbances originated from within a facility, we will again focus on an upstream event relative to the point-of-common-coupling (PCC), alias the service entrance.
Having covered the basic laws governing how power quality events propagate through the electrical system, this column’s focus will shift now to “who done it,” or identifying the source of the power quality (PQ) events.
The basic laws of physics have been unchanged for the most part since Newton postulated gravity. These include the two principal laws that we use in solving many power quality problems, namely Kirchoff’s Law and Ohm’s Law.
When changes occur and a system doesn’t work properly anymore, it is often good to go back and review the events leading up to the change to determine the why’s of the past, along with the why’s of the present.
As non-linear loads proliferate in the industrial and commercial sectors, problems due to harmonic currents caused by these loads are becoming more common. However, the presence of harmonic currents is often not, in itself, a problem. The real problem may be some secondary effect they cause.
There are two worlds of overcurrent and overvoltage. The first is with AC power. The second is for twisted pair copper and the other lines, which are used in telephony and computer networks. It is the latter that we’ll cover here.
Power quality is very important because of its direct impact on your customer’s business. It used to be that if the power was on, your customer was in business. Today, it isn’t a question of whether the power is on; rather, it is a question of whether the power provided meets the equipment’s needs.