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This course provides guidelines in the selection and application of the generator and the excitation system for the best performance, flexibility, protection, system integration and utility interface.

Course Outline
The selection of a turbo-generator for an industrial plant can be based on producing power at reduced energy cost, or to make use of a waste product, or to maintain plant operation during disturbances on utility company’s transmission lines.

To provide participants with the technical background and guidelines in the selection and application of the generator and excitation system in an industrial plant.

Special Features
The instructor uses case studies throughout the course to make it easier to get a feel for the ‘real world’ design process. On Day II in the afternoon the instructor will lead a discussion of common generator operating problems encountered, and ways to detect, assess and repair them. The discussion will highlight operating and maintenance difficulties that can be attributed to deficiencies in plant design and component selection.  This is an interactive course that covers material in a clear methodical way to make it easy to understand.

Program Outline

Faculty:  Robert Jeffreys, B.Sc., P.Eng

Day I

Registration And Coffee

Introduction And Welcome

Preview Of The Course

Generator Rating And Parameters
• Generator basics, types and capacity
• Transient response of generators
• Selection criteria - pros and cons
• Capability chart, and “V” curves for excitation

Excitation System
• Excitation basics and types
• Salient features
• Brushless excitation system
• Static excitation system
• Voltage regulating system
• Exciter specifications

Neutral Grounding Considerations
• Objective of generator neutral grounding
• Types; solid, high resistance, low resistance, reactance
• Selection criteria and equipment selection
• Grounding of turbine-generator shaft

Protection Considerations
• Instrument transformers
• Relay selection criteria and setting considerations
• Suggested settings and protection schemes
• Trip logic

Start-Up, Synchronizing, And Loading
• Interaction of various elements of the speed
  control and the excitation system
• Description and parameters
• Manual and auto-synchronising scheme

Integration Into The Power System
• Different schemes; unit connected system, use of a 
  generator breaker, higher reactance, fault current limiters
  and reactors


Day II

Plant Power System And Utility Interface
• Main transformer winding arrangement and connections
• Utility requirements for isolation, metering, maximum
  demand charge
• Protection criteria

System Disturbances And Islanding
• Impact of faults on utility transmission systems
• Performance criteria for plant electrical equipment
• Steps to improve stability, load shedding, typical island
   ing schemes

Induction Generator
• Basic characteristics
• Selection criteria
• Variable speed and voltage for wind turbines
• Protection requirements and schemes
• Control system reaction to dynamic and
   steady-state faults

Station Auxiliaries
• Typical auxiliary system single-line diagrams
• Design criteria
• Short circuit calculations

Hands-On Exercises
• Participants work on case study examples under
   instructor guidance
• Detect, analyse and repair operating problems with  
• Common deficiencies in power plant design         

Concluding Remarks And Final Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break at noon on each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

After Participating In This Seminar, You Will Be Able To:
Select generator and excitation system for best performance in your application
Apply neutral grounding
Use your improved knowledge about turbo-generators
Benefit from system integration concepts and procedures
Increase safety of your system with your skills in power protection
Make your system flexible and trouble-free with the knowledge of the procedures and practice for utility interface
Develop skills to design a power plant

Daily Schedule
8:00    Registration and Coffee (1st day only)
8:30    Session begins
4:30    Adjournment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Who Should Attend Consulting engineers, design, operations and maintenance engineers from utilities, industrial plants, large institutional and commercial buildings, and other technical individuals who are involved in design, operation and maintenance of turbo-generators, as well as graduating students who will be entering the job market.

Certificates offered

1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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