The course is taught by two instructors with extensive knowledge of underground power system design. Frank Frentzas, is responsible for the Engineering and Design as well as Technical Standards and Specifications pertaining to new or existing Transmission Underground Cable Systems for Exelon Corporation. George Matto is with Okonite.
In weeks one through three, students will gain an in introduction to cable systems, types of systems, manufacturing and manufacturing standards. They will learn the uses and design parameters of the equipment needed for an underground system design. In week four, Frank will lead students through basic underground cable design and in week five, students will study installation practices for both transmission and distribution projects.
In week six, the course will cover application considerations such as hydraulic pressures, commissioning and industry standards. In week seven, students will review an underground system case study from start to finish that will lead to the final project of replacing an outdated fluid-filled conductor. Students will have to submit design considerations such as type of conductor used, manhole spacing and pulling considerations.