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Electrical engineering is a field of engineering  that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics  and electromagnetism. Many companies and industry experts has been releasing technical books and guides in order to spread their knowledge, so they are all here, presented for you.

Nikola Tesla - Serbian-American inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer
Nikola Tesla – Serbian-American inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer

Basic idea of energy generation

Prior to the discovery of Faraday’s Laws of electromagnetic discussion, electrical power was available from batteries with limited voltage and current levels. Although complicated in construction, D.C. generators were developed first to generate power in bulk.

However, due to limitation of the D.C. machine to generate voltage beyond few hundred volts, it was not economical to transmit large amount of power over a long distance. For a given amount of power, the current magnitude (I = P/V), hence section of the copper conductor will be large.

Thus generation, transmission and distribution of D.C. power were restricted to area of few kilometer radius with no interconnections between generating plants. Therefore, area specific generating stations along with its distribution networks had to be used.

Changeover from D.C. to A.C.

In later half of eighties, in nineteenth century, it was proposed to have a power system with 3-phase, 50 Hz A.C generation, transmission and distribution networks.

Once A.C. system was adopted, transmission of large power (MW) at higher transmission voltage become a reality by using transformers. Level of voltage could be changed virtually to any other desired level with transformers – which was hitherto impossible with D.C system.

Nikola Tesla suggested that constructionally simpler electrical motors (induction motors, without the complexity of commutator segments of D.C motors) operating from 3-phase a.c supply could be manufactured.

In fact, his arguments in favor of A.C supply system own the debate on switching over from D.C to A.C system.

Note that all documents in this section are free to download.

No. Description Download
1 Electrical power supply and distribution
Electrical power systems can be composed of the following: subtransmission lines to main substations; distribution lines to distribution substations; utilization lines to distribution transformers…
2 Energy-Efficient Electric Motor Selection Handbook
A motor’s rotor must turn slower than the rotating magnetic field in the stator to induce an electrical current in the rotor conductor bars and thus produce torque. When the load on…
3 Coordinated Power Systems Protection
This manual establishes the criteria for design, coordination, and construction of power systems for military projects. A secondary purpose is to acquaint designers with the general…
4 UPS selection, installation and maintenance
The purpose of this publication is to provide guidance for facilities engineers in selecting, installing, and maintaining an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system after…
5 Engineering Symbology, prints and drawing
The Engineering Symbology, Prints, and Drawings Handbook was developed to assist nuclear facility operating contractors in providing operators, maintenance personnel, and…
6 Grounding and Bonding
The objective to this manual is to define the state of the art and most commonly accepted practices for an integrated set of grounding and bonding practices for design and installation…
7 Handbook of electrical safety
The design of new facilities shall conform to relevant DOE Orders and should conform to industry recognized engineering design standards. Existing facilities should evaluate their…
8 Handbook of electrical science VOL. 1-4
The information in the handbook is presented to provide a foundation for applying engineering concepts to the job. This knowledge will help personnel more fully understand…
9 Personal Protective Grounding for Electric Power Facilities and Power Lines
This guide establishes clear and consistent instructions and procedures for temporary grounding of deenergized and isolated high-voltage equipment (over 600 volts)…
10 Electrical Installation Guide
The Electrical Installation Guide is a single document covering the techniques, regulations and standards related to electrical installations. It is intended for electrical professionals…
11 Harmonic detection and filtering
The frequency spectrum is a practical graphical means of representing the harmonics contained in a periodic signal. The graph indicates the amplitude of each harmonic order….
12 Introduction to Motor and Generator
Written by, and with the advice of, senior technicians in these ratings, this series provides beginners with fundamental electrical and electronic concepts through self-study…
13 Medium Voltage Cables – Construction Standard Specifications
This specification includes medium voltage cables, and accessories for systems rated above 2001 volts to 15,000 volts. All medium voltage cables installed and existing cables spliced…
14 Electrical Power Supply And Distribution
Electrical power supply and distribution features will be planned/delineated concurrently with planning stages of new installations and/or new facilities on existing installations…
15 Electrical Installation Handbook – PART I
The scope of this electrical installation handbook is to provide the designer and user of electrical plants with a quick reference, immediate-use working tool…
16 Electrical Installation Handbook – PART II
The international reference Standard ruling the installation and calculation of the current carrying capacity of cables in residential and industrial buildings is IEC 60364-5-52…
17 Instrument-Transformers – Part 1 of 3 Current Voltage Transformers
In any electrical system power system, instrument transformers forms part of main components in metering (reading instruments, recording instruments, tariff systems),…
18 Instrument-Transformers – Part 2 of 3 Current Voltage Transformers
Voltage transformers (VTs) are also classified along with current transformers (CTs) as instrument iransformers. These are shunt connected devices intended to reproduce…
19 Instrument-Transformers – Part 3 of 3 Current Voltage Transformers
Current transformers (CTs) are used in all electrical power systems for metering and protection applications. These devices reproduce analog secondary current (Is)…
20 Electrical Engineering Formulas
The theoretical foundation for EE is electromagnetism. The theory of classical electromagnetism is based on Maxwell’s equations, which provide a unified description of…
21 How Power Factor Corection Works
As with any equipment, an electrical system handles its job to some degree of efficiency ranging from poor to excellent. The measure of electrical efficiency is known as Power Factor…
22 How To Apply Capacitors To Low Voltage Power Systems
In most modern electrical distribution systems, the predominant loads are resistive and inductive. Resistive loads are incandescent lighting and resistance heating…
23 Power Factor Correction And Harmonic Filtering In Electrical Plants
The power factor correction obtained by using capacitor banks to generate locally the reactive energy necessary for the transfer of electrical useful power, allows a better and…
24 Power Factor – The Basics
KVAR is Reactive Power. It is the power that magnetic equipment (transformer, motor and relay) needs to produce the magnetizing flux. KVA is Apparent Power…
25 Lighting Handbook
Colour is a subjective psycho physiologic interpretation of the visible electromagnetic spectrum. Luminous sensations or images, produced in our retina, are sent to the brain…
26 HV AC Circuit breakers – IEC 62271-100
The major changes introduced in the 2001 issue of IEC EC 62271-100.
27 A Simple Approach To Short Circuit Calculations
Several sections of the National Electrical Code relate to proper overcurrent protection. Safe and reliable application of overcurrent protective devices based on these sections…
28 Complete Patents Of Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), was the discoverer of the alternating current light and power system in use all over the world today. His inventions should have made him a multimillionaire…
29 Electricity and Magnetism
“Charge” is the technical term used to indicate that an object has been prepared so as to participate in electrical forces. This is to be distinguished from the common usage…
30 The Wire and Cable Technical Information Handbook
Cables often need to be placed in areas where they are subjected to harsh mechanical stresses. These stresses could damage the insulated conductors or the optical fibers…
31 Understanding Arc Flash Hazards
This Spreadsheet uses the formulas stated in the Guide to automatically perform the calculations to obtain incident energy, and arc flash hazard distances…
32 De-icing EHV Overhead Transmission Lines by Short circuit Currents
De-icing methods using techniques such as conductor heating or mechanical de-icing using a roller are possible for overhead lines ranging from 25 to 245 kV…
33 Designing Low Voltage Non-Motor Industrial Feeder Circuits
The National Electric Code (NEC) defines the continuous current rating of a conductor as ampacity, which means “the current in amperes that a conductor can carry continuously…
34 Electrical network protection guide
Among their multiple purposes, protection devices: contribute to protecting people against electrical hazards, avoid damage to equipment (a three-phase short-circuit on medium-voltage busbars…
35 High Resistance Ground Application Guide
An ungrounded system is defined as a system of conductors with no intentional connection to ground except through potential indicating and/or measuring or other very high…
36 Faults on electrical system explained in details
In Electrical system there is an interrupted system called Fault, a connection or a situation that causes an unbalance among the three phases. That can be broken down into three…
37 Roadway Lighting Design Manual
This Roadway Lighting Design Manual has been developed to provide training on the design of roadway lighting systems. Participants will learn the fundamentals needed to design…
38 Arch Flash Hazards – LV Circuit Breakers
There are essential requirements for electrical safety. Both domestic and international standards refer to steps and procedures to be taken for protection against hazards from…
39 Arc-flash Application Guide (Arc-flash Energy Calculations for Circuit Breakers and Fuses)
The idea that short-circuits or faults in an electric power system are undesirable is certainly not a novel concept. Recently, however, arcing faults have begun to receive an…
40 Current Transformers Selection Guide
Insulation level continuity for the whole installation will be ensured if the rated voltage of the CT used is the rated voltage of the installation. The rated voltage determines the insulation…
41 Elements of Electrical Engineering – Intermediate Vocatioinal Course, 1st Year
Concept of transformation: By the application of Kirchoffs Laws some problems cannot be solved and finds great difficulty due to number of equations. Such problems can be…
42 Determining Correction Factor of Power Cable Sizing
The initial aim of the thesis is to provide new findings in term of power cable sizing adjustment which later is deemed right for normal operating purposes…
43 Protection and Control Guide
There are 2 types of system equipment, the type that intervenes and the type that does not intervene at the time of a fault. Passive equipment – This category comprises all equipment…
44 High power Electronics – HVDC and SVC
The general aspects, including application and build up, of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission systems and Static Var Compensators (SVC) will be described…
45 Transformers, Generators and Protection Theory
When we enter into the topic of generator loading we must consider whether or not the connected electrical system is very large and hence strong or smaller and weaker…
46 The Role of Infrared Testing at Data Centers
The economic impact of downtime at data centers is the highest in the commercial sector. Therefore, the return on investment of predictive maintenance activities, especially infrared…
47 High Voltage Engineering – Practice and Theory
In this book the term high voltage is used as a generic term to include all voltages higher than 1000 volts, although the emphasis is on the typical voltage levels used power systems…
48 Medium Voltage Design Guide
In order to design a medium-voltage cubicle, you need to know the following basic magnitudes: Voltage, Current, Frequency and Short-circuit power. The voltage, the rated…
49 Principles of Insulation Testing
Most electrical equipment in utility, industrial, and commercial power systems uses either 50 or 60 Hz alternating current. Because of this, the use of an alternating current source to test…
50 Earthing of MV and LV Distribution Lines: A multi-faceted problem
The paper discusses the specific issues Eskom has to take into consideration when making such design choices. Eskom’s uses 22kV system technology primarily for new networks…

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    Checked following;
    IR for alternator { main stator, main rotor, exciter stator, exciter rotor}
    Diode testing cold and with 24 VDC
    PT IR testing secondary circuit
    resistance with ground
    MCBs replaced
    The star point of the secondary circuit and its grounding.
    the resistance of earting pits
    verified full excitation circuit.
    Everything found normal

    Could anybody help or give an idea or they faced this problem, please respond.

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    Q-2: Is there a British Electrical Code gives examption from installing Automatic Fire Protection System? Reference please.

    Thank you,


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    • Abhiram
      Dec 21, 2016


      If you are talking about XLPE cables, then the power factor to be selected as per the load type. If it is residential, then you can go to 0.8 or below ; if it is commercial/ industrial you have to go to 0.9 or unity (If full motor/ pump loads).
      You can select/ alter the PF as per the local authority approvals only.

      For Fire pumps, large motors & AC units(with motor) always consider starting current as 1.5 times the normal load as standard to size the MCCB/ Isolator rating & then select the cable size accordingly.

      Abhiram Ajay

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    Sep 19, 2014

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  52. Sabariprakash
    Sep 05, 2014

    Hi sir..
    I am having confusion in selection of alternate motor against the installed one.Here i will give the details of installed & alternate motor which i decided for procurement.

    Installed 3 phase Squirrel cage IM:
    Supply Voltage=415v; P=22Kw; Rated Torque=131.7Nm; speed=1468rpm; Frame Size=180L; Rated Current=37.2A(VFD duty Motor); NDE bearings=6210 ZC3 ;DE bearings=6210 ZC3; Cooling Method=IC416 ;

    Proposed 3 phase Squirrel cage IM:

    Supply Voltage=415v; P=22Kw; Rated Torque=143Nm; speed=1473rpm; Frame Size=180L; Rated Current=38A; NDE bearings=6310 ZC3 ;DE bearings=6310 ZC3; Cooling Method=IC411 ;
    Kindly suggest me to procure the proposed one or not and request you to give the detailed articles regarding selection of different motors with known motor.

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    Jun 22, 2014

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    Jun 19, 2014

    Hi Sir,
    I’d like to know more about earthing transformers and neutral grounding resistors, their applications and why they are required. You have any information on this that can be useful for my project?

    • nbn
      Aug 28, 2015

      Any of the trafo needs to be grounded that is 2 earth pit of neutral earthing & 2 earth pit of body earthing.

      & neutral grounding resistor(NGR) panels are provided in HT DG panels

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    Oct 13, 2013

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      Thanks ESSA, very kind of you!

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