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Power Systems - Basic Concepts and Applications - Part I

Shih-Min Hsu, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Outline

A power system is an interconnected network with components converting non-electrical energy continuously into the electrical form and transporting the electrical energy from generating sources to the loads/users. A power system serves one important function and that is to supply customers with electricity as economically and as reliably as possible. This course should provide a brief review for readers in the power engineering profession or serve as an introductory material for readers in a non-power engineering profession.

This course begins with an introduction to power systems. It discusses the basic structure of power systems, the fundamentals of AC circuits, mathematical notations, balanced three-phase systems, and per unit values. Then, it presents an overview of the three main components of power systems: generators, transmission lines and transformers. PART I of the course ends with the fundamentals of power factor correction and its applications. PART II continues with symmetrical components and its applications - short circuit calculations. Power flow problems are introduced and its solution techniques are discussed. This material concludes with some fundamentals on power system stability.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.

Course Content

This course is part one of a two-part course on basic concepts and applications of power systems.

Course Modules - PART I

Module #1: Introduction to Power Systems.

Module #2: Basic Concepts - Components of Power Systems.

Module #3: Power Factor Correction and its Applications.

The course content is in PDF format in each module. You need to open or download those documents to study this course.


[1] Charles A. Gross, Power System Analysis - 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1986
[2] Arthur R. Bergen and Vijay Vittal, Power Systems Analysis - 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2000
[3] Prabha S. Kundur, Power System Stability and Control, McGraw-Hill/EPRI, 1994
[4] "The IEEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical and Electronics Terms - 6th Edition," IEEE Std 100-1996

Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.