Electrical Faults and Power System Protection Basics

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Aug 26, 2024 /
Course Code: 0804-WEBM24

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  • Overview
  • 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 of Instruction and a 15-minute break)
11 am-1:45 pm Eastern

After participating in this course, you will:

  • Be knowledgeable of the fundamentals of electrical faults in power systems 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 systems are common, and often they are complex in nature. This course provides an overview of electrical faults in power systems and why they occur. It explains the types of faults that often occur in electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems and the damages they may cause to an electric power system. It also explains the impact of electrical faults and electric shock on the human body when exposed to them.

In addition to explaining the types of faults, this course describes the various types of protective devices used in electric power systems designed to identify and isolate electrical faults to minimize the damage.

This course is intended to provide a clear understanding of electrical faults in power systems to professionals who, although qualified in their 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 to provide a more practical overview of electrical faults and protection systems.

Course Outline

  • Power System Faults and Protections
  • Faults and Power System Stability

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for:

  • Individuals who are associated with power system-related work
  • Regulators
  • Legal services
  • Engineers from disciplines other than electrical engineering
  • Technicians involved in power systems,
  • Professionals from the oil and gas industries will find this course useful.
  • Professionals who need to refresh their current experience and knowledge of the fundamentals of power system protection.
More Information

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

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 from them
    • Residential system
      • Ground faults GFIs for protecting humans
      • 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
      • Use of Circuit Breakers for fault protection
    • Equipment
      • Generator faults and Protections
      • Transformer faults and Protections
      • Motor protections
    • High-voltage transmission systems
      • Fault transmission line faults and challenges to protection
      • Distance Relays for line protections
    • Advances in protection technology

How Stable Is Our Power System

  • What is power system stability?
  • Analogy of an eco-system
  • Impact of electrical faults in the power system
  • 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 power system engineering, where he has made many contributions to a wide range of power system applications during the past 35 years.

Prior to pursuing higher studies in Canada, Amitabha 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 regulatory matters related to the 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 several 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 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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