Electrical Faults and Power System Protection Basics

Online /
Oct 18, 2021 /
Course Code: 1005-WEBM21

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  • Syllabus
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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is scheduled for 1 day (2.5 Hours)
11am-1:30 pm Eastern

After participating in this course, you will:

  • Be knowledgeable of the fundamentals of electrical faults in power system and protections
  • Interact more effectively with other work groups involved in electric power system protection and relaying
  • Apply knowledge of power system protection in regulatory work related to electric facilities construction and operation

Faults in electric power system are common and often they are complex in nature. The course provides an overview of electrical faults in power system and why do they occur. It explains the types of faults that often occur in electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems, and the damages they cause to an electric power system. It also explains the impact of electrical faults and shock to human body when exposed to them. In addition to explaining the types of faults, the course describes the various types of protective devices used in electric power system designed to identify and isolate electrical faults to minimize the damages.

The course is intended to provide a clear understanding of electrical faults in power system to professionals who, although qualified in their own disciplines, may not have received specific training related to power system faults and protections. Electrical faults are complex, but the course avoids rigorous mathematical analysis so as to provide a more practical overview of electrical faults and the type of protection systems.

Course Outline

  • Power System Faults and Protections
  • How Stable is Our Power System

Who Should Attend
The course is designed for individuals who are associated with power system related work, especially reviewing electrical faults in facilities and recommending mitigation, but without having direct background of electric power system. For example, regulators, legal services, engineers from disciplines other than electrical engineering, technicians involved in power systems, professionals from oil and gas industries will find this course to be useful. In addition, professionals who need to refresh their current experience and knowledge of fundamentals of power system protection.

More Information

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


Power System Faults and Protections

  • Types of faults in a power system, consequences and how to protect
    • Residential system
      • Ground faults GFIs for protecting human
      • Short circuit and overload protection
    • Medium voltage Distribution system
      • Arcing faults and arc flash
      • Root causes and hazards
      • Mitigation of arc flash hazards
      • Ground faults and protections
      • Reverse Power protections
    • High Voltage and transmission systems
      • Generator faults and Protections
      • Transformer faults and Protections
      • Use of Circuit Breakers for faults protection
      • Transmission Line Protections
    • What happens when a fault is not cleared

How Stable is Our Power System

  • What is power system stability?
  • Analogy of an eco-system
  • Power system dynamics
  • Power swing and cascading
  • System oscillations
  • Consequences of an unstable power system
  • How to improve power system stability


Amitabha Gangopadhyay, P Eng

Amitabha Gangopadhyay, M.Eng., P.Eng, is well recognized in the area of power system engineering, where he has made many contributions in a wide range of power system applications during the past 35 years.

Prior to pursuing higher studies in Canada, Amitabha has worked in the utility industry and with English Electric in India. In Canada, Amitabha has worked with Group Schneider, Global Thermoelectric, Fuel Cell Energy and SNC Lavalin in many areas of power system engineering. Currently, Amitabha works in the area of regulatory matters related to electric reliability of bulk power systems in North America.

His areas of interest are electrical transmission and distribution, protection and smart grid applications. Amitabha holds a Master's Degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has published a number of papers in international journals and conferences. Amitabha is a professional engineer in the province of Alberta.


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Fee & Credits

$187.5 + taxes

  • 0.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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