Distance - Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS’s), Industrial Batteries, Variable Frequency Drives, And Motors (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Course Description:

This course is part of the Electrical Equipment Specialist Certificate program. Although it can also be taken on its own. 
This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the various types of uninterruptible power systems (UPS’s), inverters, rectifiers, variable frequency drives (VFD’s),  and industrial batteries. This course will focus on maximizing the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of this type of equipment by providing an understanding of the characteristics, selection criteria, common problems and repair techniques for preventive and predictive maintenance.

This course is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the selection, applications, or maintenance of uninterruptible power systems (UPS’s), inverters, rectifiers, variable frequency drives (VFD’s), and industrial batteries because it covers how this equipment operates, the latest maintenance techniques, and provides guidelines and rules that ensure the successful operation of this equipment. In addition, this course will cover in detail the basic design, operating characteristics, specification, selection criteria, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components and all preventive and predictive maintenance methods in order to increase reliability of the equipment and reduce the operation and maintenance cost.
This course will provide the following information for all uninterruptible power systems (UPS’s), inverters, rectifiers, variable frequency drives (VFD’s), and industrial batteries:
  • Basic Design
  • Specification
  • Selection Criteria
  • Sizing Calculations
  • Enclosures and Sealing Arrangements
  • Codes and Standards
  • Common Operational Problems
  • All Diagnostics, Troubleshooting, Testing, and Maintenance

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh, M.A.Sc., B.Eng., D.Eng., P.Eng. (Canada) has been a teacher at University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Canada for more than 24 years. In addition, Prof Kiameh has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. Prof Kiameh has been consistently ranked as "Excellent" or "Very Good" by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.
Prof Kiameh wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by Prof Kiameh:
  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
Prof. Kiameh has received the following awards:
  1. The first "Excellence in Teaching" award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  2. The "Excellence in Teaching Award" in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  3. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).
  4. Entrance Scholarship to University of Ottawa (1984).
  5. Natural Science and Engineering Research Counsel (NSERC) scholarship towards graduate studies – Master of Applied Science in Engineering (1984 – 1985).
Prof. Kiameh performed research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories. He also has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (formerly, Ontario Hydro - the largest electric utility in North America).
While working at Ontario Hydro, Prof. Kiameh acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time that Prof Kiameh worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.
Later, Prof Kiameh worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by Prof Kiameh covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.
Professor Philip Kiameh was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree "with distinction" from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Power Electronics, Rectifiers and Pulse-Width Modulation Inverters, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s)
  • Inductors, capacitors, alternating current, Faraday’s law, magnetic field, three-phase system
  • Power electronics components, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), basic rectifier circuits, filtering rectifier output, pulse circuits, inverters, pulse-width modulated (PWM) inverters
  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s), basic principles of AC variable Frequency (speed) drives (VSD’s), inverters, parts of an inverter, pulse-width modulated inverters, input power converter (rectifier), DC link energy, output IGBT inverter, input sources for regeneration or dynamic slowdown, dynamic breaking, regeneration, PWM-2 considerations
  • Transients, harmonics power factor and failures, thyristor failures and testing, AC drive application issues, AC power factor, AC input power changes with AC input voltage, IGBT switching transients, insulation voltage stress, motor winding voltage distribution, radiated electromagnetic interferences (EMI), cable terminating (matching) impedance, inverter output filter
  • Cabling details for AC drives, motor, cable, and power system grounding, motor bearing currents, motor shaft grounding brush, reduce the stator to rotor capacitance value, use conductive grease in motor bearings, motor cable wiring practices
  • Summary of application rules for AC drives, selection criteria of VSD’s, variable process speed, compressors and pumps, motor starting
  • Regeneration, dynamometer, paper machine winder, dynamic breaking, maintenance, common failure modes, motor application guidelines

Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS’s), Maintenance of Industrial Batteries
  • UPS operation, mission time, standards, voltage regulation, harmonic distortion, soft-start, overload rating, advanced UPS design, output contactor, battery protection, efficiency, power factor derating, environmental conditions
  • Input power converter (rectifier), inverter, static bypass, display and controls, battery disconnect breaker, battery system, maintenance bypass cabinet (MBC)
  • Intersystem synchronization, parallel operation, unattended shutdown, remote UPS monitoring, software compatibility, factory inspection, testing of UPS, steady-state performance tests, dynamic performance tests, isolation tests, reliability tests
  • Commissioning of UPS, maintenance contracts, UPS maintenance, battery maintenance, UPS sizing, battery sizing, battery selection, space vector modulation technology, electromagnetic and radio frequency interference
  • Discharge voltage characteristics, battery life, lead-acid batteries, installation and operation, placing the battery in service, charging the battery
  • Modified constant-voltage method, taper method, two-rate method, constant-current method, maintenance, prevention of over-discharging, determination of battery condition, troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance of batteries
  • Power station electrical systems and design requirements, safety requirements, shutdown and power trip, power plant outages and faults, UPS systems, DC systems

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