Introduction to Electrical Power Systems

By | November 12, 2012

 Introduction to Electrical Power Systems

Introduction to Electrical Power Systems is written primarily as an introduction to the basics of electrical power systems. It is intended as a general introduction to the area for students in all engineering disciplines,  as well as being useful as a reference and self-study guide for those professionals who wish to have a succinct introduction to this important area. The coverage of the book is designed to  allow its use in a number of ways including service courses taught to non-electrical majors. The organization and details of the material in this book enables maximum flexibility for the  instructor to select topics to include in courses within the modem engineering curriculum. The book does not assume a level of mathematical sophistication beyond that acquired through completion of undergraduate courses in basic physics and introductory electric circuits. Emphasis is placed on providing an improved appreciation of the operational  characteristics of the electrical apparatus discussed, on the basis of linear mathematical models. Almost every key concept is illustrated through the use of in-text examples that are  worked out in detail to enforce the reader’s understanding. The text coverage includes some usage of MATLAB to solve fundamental problems of evaluating basic performance  characteristics to assist in understanding power system devices.

Introduction to Electrical Power Systems

Wiley-IEEE Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0470408634 | 394 pages | PDF | 12.8 MB


Introduction to Electrical Power Systems

Adapted from an updated version of the author’s classic Electric Power System Design and Analysis, with new material designed for the undergraduate student and professionals new to Power Engineering. The growing importance of renewable energy sources, control methods and mechanisms, and system restoration has created a need for a concise, comprehensive text that covers the concepts associated with electric power and energy systems. Introduction to Electric Power Systems fills that need, providing an up-to-date introduction to this dynamic field.

Introduction to Electrical Power Systems – short introduction

This chapter has three objectives. We first offer a brief perspective on the development of electric power systems. This is not intended to be a detailed historical review, but rather it  uses historical landmarks as a background to highlight the features and structure of the modern power systems, which are discussed in Section 1.2. The chapter concludes with an  outline of the book.

Introduction to Electrical Power Systems

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Introduction to Electrical Power Systems – preface

The first chapter in this book offers a historical perspective on the t are development of electric power systems. While this topic is not an integral part of conventional coverage in texts  and courses in this area, this chapter should provide interesting insights into the influence of these developments on present day civilization. It is through an appreciation of the past  developments and achievements that we can understand our present and forge ahead with future advances.

Much of the material in Chapters 2 to 7 is derived from the more detailed  expose’ found in my earlier book on “Electrical Power System Design and Analysis. The present treatment deals with fundamental topics to be covered in introductory courses in  electric  power systems. Emphasis is given to practical aspects such as the main performance characteristics of the apparatus discussed and system applications.

In Chapter 2, a review  of fundamentals of electric circuits that are necessary for the studies to follow. Chapter 3 discusses the basics of synchronous machines for steady state operations. This is followed by  treatments of the transformer in Chapter 4 and power transmission lines in Chapter 5. Unlike the coverage of the more detailed “Electric Power Systems: Design and Analysis,” Chapter 6  of the present book deals with Induction Motors both polyphase and single phase machines. In addition, Chapter 7 combines both fault analysis and protection.

The importance of  computer control in power system operations is highlighted in Chapter 8 where we discuss the structure and functions involved  in a modern energy control center. The chapter  includes a brief introduction to functions performed in the electric energy control centre. Naturally some functions that are discussed in detail in “Electric Power Systems: Design and  Analysis” such as Power Flow, Stability, optimal operation of power systems, are discussed briefly in this chapter.

Chapter 9 is new to this book, and offers a brief discussion of the  Present and Future of Electric Energy Systems. Of specific interest is a discussion of the challenges facing the system designer and operator in view of blackout events that took place  during the first decade of the 21st Century.

I have attempted to make this book as self-containing as possible. As a result, the reader will find that many background topics such as the  per unit system and three-phase circuits are included in the text’s main body as opposed to the recent trend toward including many appendices dealing with these topics. In studying  and teaching electrical power systems it has been my experience that a problem solving approach is most effective in exploring this rich area.

A textbook such as this could not have been written without the continuing input of the many students who have gone through many versions of its material as it was developed. I wish to thank the members of the many classes to whom I was privileged to teach this fascinating subject. I wish to acknowledge the able work of Elizabeth Sanford of Dalhousie University in putting this manuscript in a better  form than I was able to produce.

As has always been the case, the patience and understanding of my wife, Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, made this project another joy to look forward to completing. It goes without saying that the younger generation of our family deserves a greater share of my appreciation for their continuous understanding.


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