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2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog 
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ARE 5162 - Electrical Power Quality for Buildings

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This is an advanced course that examines the causes, analysis and mitigation of power quality phenomena found in low and medium voltage systems. Topics covered include voltage sags, surges, interruptions, transients, unbalance, power factor correction, current distortions, and frequency variations. (prereq: ARE 3161) (quarter system 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 select proper power factor capacitor choices
  • Evaluate the IEEE-std-519 limits for harmonic current and voltage distortion for a given power system
  • Produce harmonic current and voltage analysis
  • Select UPS, active harmonic filters and other power quality equipment
  • Design a base harmonic filter
  • Select proper SPD ratings for various equipment or applications 

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Classifications of power quality problems
  • Power quality terms and requirements
  • Sags and interruptions
  • Transient over-voltages
  • Harmonic distortion
  • Principles for controlling harmonics
  • Long-duration voltage variations
  • Effects of lightning on power systems
  • Grounding and wiring issues leading to voltage problems
  • Power quality standards

Laboratory Topics
  • Power quality instrumentation and interpretation
  • Harmonic current and voltage measurements of Adjustable Speed Drives
  • Line voltage transients
  • Voltage sags, surges
  • Comparison of power quality for different devices used for lighting
  • Neutral current issues in three-phase circuits

Christine Brotz, P.E.

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