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EST 252
Principles of Power Generation and Distribution

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

Introduction to the common components and applications of electrical generation and distribution systems. The operation and maintenance of those systems will also be covered. Prerequisite: EST 132 or instructor permission.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe various types of electrical generation and state the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • List the elements and functions of a basic transmission system.
  • List the elements and functions of a basic distribution system.
  • List the voltage range common to power distribution systems.
  • State the advantages and disadvantages of overhead and underground distribution systems.
  • Identify typical substation components.
  • Discuss grounding as it relates to this industry.
  • Describe when and why transmission lines are placed underground.
  • List the major components of a DC generator.
  • Explain how output voltage can be varied.
  • Explain the relationship of field current, field flux, and output voltage for separately excited DC generators.
  • Define voltage control and voltage regulation.
  • Draw the basic generator circuit.
  • State the difference between a stationary armature and a stationary field generator.
  • State the application of the wye-connected generators and transformers in three phase distribution systems.
  • State the applications for a delta-connected circuit in three-phase distribution systems.
  • Compute the voltage and current values in various parts of the wye and delta connection circuits.
  • Describe the basic construction of a transformer and distinguish between primary and secondary windings.
  • State the area of the NEC that determines the requirement and limitations of transformer installations.

  • Course Topics
  • Generation
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Substations
  • Switches
  • Grounding
  • OH Conductors
  • UG Conductors
  • Systems Operation
  • Systems Maintenance
  • Basic Principles of Transformers
  • Physical and Electrical Characteristics of Three-Phase Alternators
  • Single-Phase AC Generation Principles
  • Operating Principles of DC Generators

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    EST 252
    Fall 2013
    Brian Evensen
    EST 252
    Fall 2012
    Brian Evensen
    EST 252
    Fall 2011
    Brian Evensen

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.