Training course: Switching in power distribution and transmission systems - USA

Three-day training course covering the application of power circuit breakers for medium and high voltage to meet (future) electrical requirements for power systems.

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  • Duration:

    3 days

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Understanding how breakers operate as they perform their switching duties in medium and high-voltage networks. Application of power circuit breakers to meet power system requirements, not only in fault situations but also during normal operation. How the breaker deals with network transients and how it generates transients itself.

The course deals with all aspects of fault and load switching in power distribution and transmission systems, including power circuit breakers and related switching devices. The course comes with the 2011 full-color KEMA book (640 pages) ‘High Voltage Circuit Breakers’ as well as with electronic copies of all (more than 750) slides. A record of completion will be issued for claiming PE credits. 

This course is given on September 9 - 11, 2014. For more information, please refer to the leaflet. This course will probably be scheduled again in 2015 / 2016 on a date yet to be determined. If you are interested in this course, please contact us or Beth-Ann McHugh.

This course will be run in Arnhem (the Netherlands) as well. For more information, click here.

Upon request, we can also provide in-house or customised training (content, location and duration of the course can be adapted to the client's wishes). Please contact us for more information.

After attending this course, you will be able to understand and practically handle:

  • Short-circuit current, making and breaking of short-circuit current
  • Terminal fault, short-line fault and out-of-phase fault breaking
  • Network response and transients, transient recovery voltage
  • Load current switching, capacitive and inductive load switching
  • Capacitor bank energisation
  • Transients during switching, restrike, re-ignition, current chopping
  • Technology of SF6 circuit breakers
  • Technology of vacuum circuit breakers
  • Technology of generator circuit breakers, disconnect switching
  • Standards, certification
  • Testing of switching devices
  • Electrical and mechanical endurance, reliability studies of circuit breakers
  • Future developments

Target Audience:

This course is intended for electrical engineers and managers involved in specification, application and design of power circuit breakers. Those who should attend include engineers dealing with system studies and planning, specification and procurement, start-up and maintenance, protection and control, asset management and ageing infrastructure, consulting related to circuit breaker operation, specification, installation, testing and maintenance.