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Power Systems - Basic Concepts and Applications - Part I AIA HSW

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

This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. Questions related to specific materials, methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this presentation.

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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.

Learning Objective

Following successful completion of three modules, the student should be able to:

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 PDH Center 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 architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.