Electrical Power Distribution System for Industrial Plants

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May 23 - 25, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-0516-ONL23

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch)

After participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • Plan your system and select the equipment for it
  • Benefit from a clear understanding of all aspects of a power distribution system
  • Apply the electrical code to your projects
  • Manage essential issues such as load estimating, voltage selection, shortage circuit studies, and power protection
  • Increase the efficiency of your distribution system by applying your new knowledge of the power distribution system and equipment

An electric power distribution system plays a vital role in the efficient operation of a modern industrial plant. Such a system includes high-voltage circuit breakers, switchgear, transformers, motor control centers, electric motors, variable-speed drives, etc. A trouble-free electrical system is essential for an interruption-free plant operation.

This course will cover all aspects of power distribution, including system planning, equipment selection and application, system grounding, protection and conformity with electrical code requirements, etc. Participants will work under instructor guidance to develop a power distribution system single-line diagram for a typical industrial plant.

Course Outline

  • System planning as applied to industrial plants
  • Short circuit studies for equipment rating and relaying
  • Load analysis
  • System neutral grounding
  • Electrical safety
  • Review of major equipment
  • Workshop - development of single-line diagrams
  • Protective devices and relay setting
  • Surge voltage protection
  • Energy management and plant utility interface

Who Should Attend
Electrical Power Distribution Engineers • Electrical Power System Engineers • Plant Managers • Plant Engineers from all types of industries, particularly Chemical and Petroleum • Large Institutional Power Distribution Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Technical Personnel involved in the Design, Engineering, Operation and Maintenance of Power Distribution System in Industrial Plants

Special Feature
The three-day format is designed to stimulate learning by working under instructor guidance on a practical “single line” design exercise in a workshop setting.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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System Planning as Applicable to Industrial Plants

  • Codes and Standards
  • Safety and Maintenance considerations
  • Design Considerations
  • Power Quality Considerations
  • Distribution voltages
  • Distribution types: substation bus arrangements, review of a conceptual single-line diagram

Short Circuit Studies for Equipment Rating and Relaying

  • Applicable standards
  • Method of calculations
  • System and equipment data
  • An example using hand calculations

Load Analysis

  • Importance of load flow
  • Voltage drop considerations
  • Voltage instability
  • Loss of a source
  • Effect of current limiting reactors
  • Optimization of load flow

System Neutral Grounding

  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Ungrounded
  • High resistance
  • Low resistance
  • Solidly grounded systems
  • Cable insulation and system grounding
  • Generator neutral grounding
  • Grounding electrodes, ground grids and grounding of substations

Electrical Safety

  • Code requirements
  • Arc Flash Hazard
  • Mitigation methods

Review of Major Equipment

  • Standards and rating structure
  • Classification of Power switchgear
  • HV and MV breakers
  • Transformers, Types, Characteristics, Impedances
  • Loss evaluation
  • Metal Clad and Metal enclosed switchgear: Motor control centers, Application of power cables, Application of electric motors, Instrument transformers
  • Busways

Workshop - Development of Single Line Diagrams

Protective Devices and Relay Setting

  • Protection and coordination principles
  • Feeder and bus protection
  • Protection of medium voltage motors
  • Transformer protection
  • Generator protection
  • Relay settings and co-ordination curves

Surge Voltage Protection

  • Nature of lightning and switching surges
  • Insulation withstand Characteristics
  • Arrestor selection and application of TVSS

Energy Management

  • Finding Energy conservation opportunities
  • Demand Control and peak shaving
  • Application of Capacitors
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Harmonics and Resonances
  • IEEE 519 and Mitigation of Harmonics

Plant Utility Interface

  • Cogeneration
  • Coordination and protection requirements
  • Metering

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Ajit Bapat, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA

Ajit is well known in the electrical distribution field for his 40 years of expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection.

He holds Master's degrees in business administration and electrical engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection. He has particular interest in ground fault protection; digital metering systems; microprocessor based integrated systems for protection; and the metering, monitoring, and control of power distribution systems. A member of Professional Engineers Ontario, he is also a senior life member of the IEEE.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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