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Seeking for Power System engineering project ideas !

  1. Apr 5, 2012 #1
    Can any one help me with finding good ideas ( or direct me to any useful websites /pages ) for Power system engineering projects !?
    Suggestions are highly needed , ASAP !
    my appreciation in advance to you .
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  3. Apr 5, 2012 #2


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    You need to be a lot more specific about what you mean by "Power System Engineering".

    Do you mean power transmission from generating plants to homes? Or do you mean Switching Power Supply design? Or do you mean Powerplant design? Or circuits to power motors and machinery? Or....
  4. Apr 5, 2012 #3


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    Serena hm, Welcome to Physics Forums! berkeman is exactly right: you need to be more specific about what you are asking for. Armed only with what you have written I found this:

    "Power engineering, also called power systems engineering, is a subfield of engineering that deals with the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power as well as the electrical devices connected to such systems including generators, motors and transformers. Although much of the field is concerned with the problems of three-phase AC power - the standard for large-scale power transmission and distribution across the modern world - a significant fraction of the field is concerned with the conversion between AC and DC power as well as the development of specialised power systems such as those used in aircraft or for electric railway networks."


    So, will you please describe in more detail what is your project? Thank you, Bobbywhy
  5. Apr 6, 2012 #4
    first of all thank you very much for paying attention to my post ....I really appreciate it
    Well , I'm not looking for something in particular to be honest but I have curiosity about renewable energy topics and how can be possible to Integrate it into the power system
    I had read some articles about Generation distributed / Energy distributed and I found it really interesting but Sadly my supervisor asked me to look more for another topics

    So , I'm not trying to "narrow" the circle of options that you may suggest to me ...I will be really grateful for any suggestions whether if it is was about Generation , Transmission lines , or distribution and I'll see how far I will be able to go with any of them

    Sincere regards .
  6. Apr 6, 2012 #5

    jim hardy

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    have you perused this site? They have links to many aspects of wind power ranging from scientiffic to political.

    http://awea.org/learnabout/ [Broken]
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  7. Apr 6, 2012 #6
    jim hardy
    I had already checked the website but I'm not so sure if I got the links you're talking about !

    Sincere regards .
  8. Apr 7, 2012 #7
    any other suggestions !?
  9. Apr 7, 2012 #8

    jim hardy

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    hmmm i once got into their technical section but seem unable to retrace my steps.

    See if this link works
    www.awea.org/.../AWEA_Electrical_Guide_to_Wind_Turbines.pdf [Broken]
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  10. Apr 7, 2012 #9

    jim hardy

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    here's a couple more links - hopefully your school will be able to get the IEEE one free of charge.

    google seems to interject itself into links lately
    should these not work, they came mostly from a search on this phrase:
    wind turbine subynchronous resonance

    there should be productive words in those papers to help with your search for topics.






    my thought is this - the dynamics of these wind machines will affect the grid. It needs to be studied and understood , in the spirit of "an ounce of prevention"

    check that powerpoint show for a brief introduction to steam turbine rotor dynamics. One can ill afford to connect anything to a grid that excites a big steam turbine shaft's mechanical natural frequency. ( Ours was seven hz. )

    I hope this gives a glimpse into that world.

    Here's a couple relating to grid stability



    I hope a perusal of these gives you some ideas.

    Sorry i focused on wind, just it's the newest thing going . I thought it might be of current interest.
    Also a friend of mine is trying to put up a windfarm in the mountains west of Denver and i need to become better versed myself.

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  11. Apr 8, 2012 #10
    Old jim
    I'm extremely thankful for your help and attention...I had checked all the links above and I found the SSR topic pretty interesting ....tomorrow I'm going to see my supervisor and I hope that we will reach an agreement .....

    sincere regards
  12. Apr 8, 2012 #11

    jim hardy

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    Good luck and best wishes for an interesting career.

    Thanks for the kind words.
    I was a lowly maintenance man in a power plant but had the good fortune to encounter an occasional "specialist" over the years . They are without exception brilliant and practical people with ability to explain at any level. Mine was pretty low.
    I particularly remember Westinghouse's Rotor Dynamics specialist, Chester Raczkowski. He opened my eyes to SSR. And to system torsional oscillations below 1 hz.

    "The measure of a man's bigness is how he treats little people." (not intended as gender specific)
    There's no doubt you'll measure up.

    old jim
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