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EPECS 09 Tutorials

 

Tutorial 1

Practical Aspects of Outdoor Insulator Maintenance

Nov 12, 2009
9:00-12:30

Dr. Edward Cherney
University of Waterloo, Canada

 

Tutorial 2

Power System Stability Enhancement through Adaptive and Intelligent Control

Nov 12, 2009
9:00-12:30

Dr. Om P. Malik
University of Calgary, Canada

 

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EPECS 09 Tutorials

The AUS University organizes the First International Conference on Electric Power and Energy Conversion Systems (EPECí09) to be held in the American University of Sharjah, UAE November 10-12, 2009.
 
EPECí09 brings together international research scientists and eminent members of the electric power and energy industry to discuss the latest developments in order to better serve society. Conference participants include scientists from universities and industries from around the globe.
 
EPECí09 organizes a series of tutorials presented by eminent experts from around the world. These tutorials focus on emerging concepts and technologies that have the potential to reshape the future of Electric Power and Energy Systems. Tutorial proposals are generally solicited from academia and industry and EPECí09 organizing committee evaluates the proposals and shortlists the ones which are deemed to be most related to the conference theme and most beneficial to the local community.

Who Should Attend?

The tutorials will provide an informative, highly interactive and educational venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange valuable information and develop new synergies to address the complex issues and problems of complex systems and system-of-systems. The following attendees range from all levels and disciplines of engineering professionals are recommended to attend these tutorials:

  • Design and application engineers, Operation and maintenance engineers, Research & Development engineers, Engineering Managers, Consultants from power utilities, manufactures and Industrial sectors.
  • Strategists and business developers from companies of all sizes
  • Technology evangelists and entrepreneurs pushing their enterprise boundaries
  • Researchers and academics
  • Grad and undergrad engineering students

 

Practical Aspects of Outdoor
Insulator Maintenance

 
Dr. Edward Cherney
University of Waterloo, Canada

The use of RTV coatings on insulators have been very successful in preventing outages in polluted environments and their application to substation insulators has been extensive worldwide, and in most applications, maintenance cleaning has been virtually eliminated.
 
Overhead line maintenance of traditional porcelain and glass insulators is well established and maintenance guidelines have been standardized to ensure their continued operation in polluted environments. However, guidelines for RTV coated ceramic insulators and also non-ceramic insulators have not yet been established.
 
The tutorial will begin by reviewing the well established methods of maintaining conventional insulators in polluted environments, and then focus on how to effectively maintain non-ceramic and coated ceramic insulators. The practical aspects of coating removal, re-application, when to re-apply, coating thickness, corona damage, and the loss of hydrophobicity will be discussed during this tutorial. The difficulties of how to locate insulators that are about to fail have presented new problems to overhead line maintenance and will also be addressed.

Power System Stability Enhancement through
Adaptive and Intelligent Control

 
Dr. Om P. Malik
University of Calgary, Canada

Conventional and linear optimal controllers are based on the deterministic control theory. They are designed using a linear system model obtained for a particular operating condition. The non-linear nature, wide range of operating conditions and the non-deterministic properties of most large systems, such as power systems, present problems to the conventional controllers. Adaptive control theory offers an approach to design a controller that can mitigate these problems.
 
Developments in digital technology have made it feasible to develop and implement improved controllers based on modern more sophisticated techniques. The strength of this approach will be illustrated using power system stabilizer as an application example. Use of neural networks and fuzzy logic in the design of such controllers will be also discussed. The performance of such controllers by both simulation studies and real-time tests on physical models of single machine-infinite bus and multi-machine power systems, and actual power systems will also be illustrated.