TADP 545 System Protection

Course Information:  3 credits. TADP 545 System Protection: General Concepts, Voltage and Current Transformers for Protection, Classification and Functionality of Relays, Overcurrent Protection, Distribution Feeder Protection, Transmission Line Protection with Communications Independent Distance Relaying, Introduction to Differential Protection, and Disturbance Analysis.

Recent Student Evaluations:

  • I use these concepts often, and there were pointers and examples which were helpful. The discussion board provided a good outlet to get perspective from other utilities (and of course professors).
  • Favorite part: transmission protection (weeks 6-7) and fault calculations (week 3).
  • I enjoyed working as a group with the students and professors working together to take on the learning experience.

Course Description/Objectives:  This 8-week course provides an introduction to power system protection.  Adjunct faculty with extensive experience in system protection worked with Gonzaga University faculty to create the course curriculum and content.  ** It is highly recommended that students without a power electrical engineering degree take TADP 641 Power System Analysis course before attempting this course.

The course begins with a one-week overview of system protection requirements and definitions by Charles Henville, an engineer with more than 30 years experience in applying and setting system protection schemes.  He uses his extensive experience of real world protective relay applications and modeling, to offer students a comprehensive introduction to the topic.

The next two weeks are taught by Tarlochan Sidhu, an Electrical Engineering Department Chair at a major North American University with extensive industry experience.  His research experience and interests are specifically in the fields of power system protection and monitoring.  His work involves the design, implementation and testing of relays and power system instrumentation that uses digital signal processing, artificial intelligence techniques and other novel methods.   Students will learn how to calculate currents and voltages during balanced and unbalanced short circuits with this instructor.

Juan Gers, a design engineering consultant will lead weeks four and five.  He has more than 25 years experience designing distribution and protection systems.  He has shared his consulting activities with academic work in several universities in the American Continent and has coordinated research activities in different fields of protections and power systems. Students will study distribution feeder protection and overcurrent protection before moving onto the final two weeks. State of the art topics will be introduced in distribution automation and adaptive protection.

Finally, in weeks 6 and 7, Charles Henville will provide an in-depth study of high voltage transmission line protection with directional, and distance relaying and plus an introduction to differential protection and disturbance analysis. The eighth and final week will be spent in completing the course examination that will consist of a project.