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2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3661 - Electrical Power Quality for Buildings

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course covers topics involving typical equipment utilizing solid state devices for power quality, such as uninterruptible power supplies, transient voltage suppressors, power line conditioners and voltage regulators. Grounding and neutral systems are studied. The student is exposed to basic electronic concepts, devices monitoring and analysis associated with this equipment. (prereq: AE 3632 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify various power quality disturbances by their waveform signatures and explain typical techniques for mitigating the problem
  • Explain the benefits associated with operating at a high power factor and make proper power factor capacitor selections
  • Determine the IEEE-std-519 limits for harmonic current and voltage distortion for a given power system
  • Perform harmonic current and voltage analysis
  • Specify UPS, active harmonic filters and other power quality equipment
  • Design a base harmonic filter
  • Recommend proper TVSS ratings for various equipment or applications  

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic electrical systems
  • Power and illumination calculations

Course Topics
  • Introduction to electrical power quality
  • Power sources
  • Power, power factor and efficiency
  • Power frequency disturbances and power line conditioners
  • Uninterruptible power supplies and standby generators
  • Harmonics, harmonic analysis and harmonic mitigation techniques
  • Grounding for safety and power quality
  • Transients and Transient Voltage Sure Suppressors (TVSS)
  • EMI disturbances and filters
  • Power quality audits
  • Power quality problem diagnosis

Christine Brotz

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