Power Systems Quality (1.5 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:

8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
The last day of this seminar will run 8:30am-11:30am


Poor power quality can risk disruption to production processes and damage to sensitive equipment. This two-day course is designed to cover key components in power quality including power quality measurements and problems that can arise from harmonics and voltage fluctuations. It also updates course participants on current power quality standards, the usual cause and effects of power disturbances and how to resolve them.


Power Systems Quality encompasses a wide variety of conditions on the power system. It lists various phenomena that influence power quality and proposes measures for protecting your equipment and reducing the potential impacts of disturbances. Local electricity utilities or local distribution suppliers may find this course important if they would like to understand its system performance and then be able to match that system performance with the needs of its customers. 

Target Audience

This course is intended for transmission and distribution engineers, operation and maintenance planners, facilities managers, consultant engineers or personnel involved in the management and maintenance of electrical power quality. 

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Learn power quality and its impact on the power network systems
  2. Know harmonic limits, standards and guidelines for use in domestic, commercial and industrial environments
  3. Learn mitigating measures and solutions to reduce harmonic distortion
  4. Learn frequency-scan technique to identify harmonic resonance conditions; and
  5. Learn harmonic power flow to analyze the performance of power systems in a harmonic-generated environment.

Mike Dang

Michael D. N. Dang obtained his B.Sc. (Hon.) in 1968, M.Sc. in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1972 all in
Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology,
England. He worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board in London before immigrating
to Montreal in 1981 and joining Shawnigan Consultants Inc. He came to Toronto and joined
Ontario Hydro/Hydro One Networks Inc. in 1988. He retired from Hydro One in June 2013 and
joined McMaster University and Mohawk College, teaching five courses in Power System
Engineering. Today, he teaches only Power Systems Quality at McMaster University. His major
study areas included power system analyses, power transmission and distribution, power
systems protection, power systems quality, and system operations and connections of
combined-cycle and wind-turbine generation to the Grid. He has published 18 technical papers
to date.
Dr. Dang is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, a Fellow Engineers
Canada and a member of the Experience Requirement Committee of Professional Engineers
Ontario. His other activities include being a Secretary-Treasurer and member of the Board of
Directors, Multicultural Historical Society; Financial Secretary, Knights of Columbus, St. Andre
Bessette Parish; and Scholarship Judge on the Jean Lumb Foundation.
Introduction to Power Quality: Definition; Variation to the AC voltage waveforms; importance of good power quality; consequences of poor power quality; Most common power quality problems; power quality Standards.
Voltage Sags and Swells: Definition; Voltage sags in power systems, sources and sensitivity; causes and effects of voltage swells, measurement and assessment of flickers; Guidelines.
Transient Overvoltages: Origins of switching overvoltages; Transmission line energization; Capacitor bank switching transients; Inrush current surge; back-to-back capacitor bank switching; Transient recovery voltage; Reactor, energization; High frequency transients; Consequences of Overvoltages; Solutions to transient overvoltages.
The Fourier Series: Theory; Symmetrical and orthogonal properties; Fast Fourier Transform; Harmonic and time-domain plots; Synthesizing voltage and current waveforms.
Harmonic Distortion Limits: THD definition; Harmonic voltage and current distortion limits; Sources of harmonics with examples; Harmonic guidelines.
Measurement of Harmonic Distortion: Objectives, Point of Common Coupling; Power quality meters; Measuring technique; Measuring Standards.
Harmonic Mitigation and Solutions: Harmonic distortion; Mitigating harmonics in industrial environment; Isolating harmonic loads; line/load reactors; 6-12-18 pulse converters; Fuses; Tuned filters.
Impacts of Harmonics on Power Network Systems: Conductors and cables, transformers; Relays; Wind and solar farms, Electric vehicle chargers; Home appliances
Harmonic Frequency-Scan Analysis: Admittance matrix modeling; Two-port network configuration; The equivalent T- and π- networks; Series and parallel connections in two-port networks; Impedance plot and harmonic resonance; Case studies
Harmonic Power Flow: 3-Ph network admittance matrix modeling; Algorithms for harmonic modeling of transmission lines, transformers, capacitors and reactors, loads and generators; Solving harmonic load flow for each frequency.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations. Please click here for complete policies.

Education @ Your Desk. A Live Webinar Class means that you will attend the class via the web using your computer. There are scheduled breaks for coffee and lunch. You use a microphone, headset, or your phone and are able to interact with the instructor and other students while following notes while watching the presentation slides online just as you would in a live classroom. Notes are posted online. For an extra cost a hard copy can be requested.

The virtual classroom is becoming more and more popular, and we have a lot of experience teaching in this format. The only real difference between a live in-class and live via webinar is where you sit and what you look at. You can learn from the comfort of your own home or office. You pay less for the live webinar format than you would for the in-class format, and you do not have to travel to another city to attend the class. Please contact us at gic@gic-edu.com for Special Group & Corporate Rates for one or more participants.

We could offer any of our courses at a location of your choice and customized contents according to your needs, please contact us at : inhouse@gic-edu.com or click here  to submit an online request.

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 7, 8
Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
Safari 3.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

iPad 1 or newer, iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch (3rd generation) or newer
OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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