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## Electrical books and guides

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.

### Introduction to 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.

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.

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## Lecture Notes On Electrical Machines II (For Students B-Tech 4th Semester)

The operation of connecting an alternator in parallel with another alternator or with common busbars is known as synchronizing. Generally, alternators are used in a power system where they are in parallel with many other… Read more

Released on Jun 11, 2018

## Directional Zone Selectivity in Low Voltage Radial, Ring and Meshed Networks

In low voltage networks, radial network structure with circuit breakers in series and time-current selectivity are quite common to deal with the challenge of selectivity. This is an easy and well-known technique that works well… Read more

Released on Jun 04, 2018

## Electrical Design Calculations Needed For Projects (Examples Included)

Design calculations establish minimum guidelines and requirements for generating electrical calculations on projects. Electrical calculations should be made for all projects that include electrical components and should be filed in the project notebook. Design calculations… Read more

Released on May 30, 2018

## Fundamentals Of Electrical Energy Systems For Students (Power Applications of Electricity)

A transformer is an electrical device without moving parts, which transfers energy of an alternating current in the primary winding to that in one or more secondary windings, through electromagnetic induction. Except in the case… Read more

Released on May 28, 2018

## The Basics of Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering For Students

This is an introductory level text book in electrical, electronics and communication Engineering. It is prepared as per the syllabus for first year B Tech in Calicut University. The resources used were many internationally reputed… Read more

Released on May 14, 2018

## Fundamental electrical knowledge and practical troubleshooting guide

A circuit in which two of more electrical resistances or loads are connected across the same voltage source is called a parallel circuit. The primary difference between the series circuit and the parallel circuit is… Read more

Released on Apr 18, 2018

## The Essentials Of DC Circuits (Methods Of Analysis, Laws and Theorems)

Electric circuit theory and electromagnetic theory are the two fundamental theories upon which all branches of electrical engineering are built. Many branches of electrical engineering, such as power, electric machines, control, electronics, communications, and instrumentation,… Read more

Released on Apr 11, 2018

## Electrical Design Guide For Water and Waste Water Treatment Facilities

The scope and intent of this document is intended to convey general design guidance regarding electrical systems at water and waste facilities. This document addresses specifics related to equipment type, selection, and configuration. However the… Read more

Released on Mar 21, 2018

## Three-Phase Transformer Design (Geometry, Delta/Wye Connections, and Many More)

Three-phase power is used almost exclusively for generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as for all industrial uses. It is also used on aircraft, both commercial and military. It has many advantages over single-phase power…. Read more

Released on Mar 19, 2018

## The essence of coordinating the basic protective devices of the electrical power system

The intent of this paper is to provide a brief primer about the essence of coordinating the basic protective components of the electrical power system, including circuit breakers, fuses and protective relays. This paper also… Read more

Released on Mar 14, 2018

## Electrical engineering in the construction of new infrastructure and facilities

The aim of this manual is to assist those concerned with formulating requirements for electrical engineering in the construction of new infrastructure and facilities, existing facilities and infrastructure undergoing refurbishment, leased facilities for use or… Read more

Released on Mar 07, 2018

## Tesla’s High Voltage and High Frequency Generators with Oscillatory Circuits

It can be seen from Tesla’s notes during the construction of the Wardenclyffe tower how Tesla’s ideas on wireless energy transmission formed and developed. In the patent submission („The apparature for electrical energy transfer“, 1902/1914.)… Read more

Released on Feb 28, 2018

## Power Factor Correction: Theory, Methods, Applications, Specification and Installation

The utility regulations for the allowable size of capacitors permanently connected to a transformer vary according to region. Before installing a PFC system of this type, it is therefore advisable to consult the utility company… Read more

Released on Feb 26, 2018

## Everything you ever wanted to know about UPS systems, but were afraid to ask

This guide is compilation of four guides and papers dedicated to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, their classification, control techniques, battery systems as well as preventive maintenance. At the end, a real UPS solution is… Read more

Released on Feb 21, 2018

## Surge Protection of Equipment Connected to AC Power and Communication Circuits

This guide is intended to provide useful information about the proper specification and application of surge protectors, to protect houses and their contents from lightning and other electrical surges. The guide is written for electricians,… Read more

Released on Jan 29, 2018

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Sep 27, 2018

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I am facing a problem, we have a single 9R32 Wartsila engine and loeri somer alternator. ABB Unitrol 1000-15 A AVR. the generator produces 5.5 kV and then a step up transformer make this 11kv and then step down transformer. the generator trips at overvoltage first stage at 112% at any load during operation.

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.
Regards

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Oct 03, 2018

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

Thank you,

Yogin

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• Abhiram
Dec 21, 2016

Hello,

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.

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Please explain so that I can make clear my concept.

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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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• 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.

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Jun 01, 2014

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