AC Generator Maintenance & Troubleshooting

This 5 day course will teach participants the electrical operation of three phase AC generators and how to maintain, test and troubleshoot them.

It is 50% hands on and is customized to the unique need of each client and their own equipment.

Our instructors all have 35+ years of experience with industrial generation and control.

Who should attend: Anyone responsible for generators and their management

You will be able to: Safely, efficiently and effectively maintain generators

Course Outline


TOPIC 1: ALTERNATORS (SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS)

• Configurations
• Armatures
• Connections
• Temperature and Environment
• Insulation Systems

TOPIC 2: EXCITATION and REGULATION

• Generator Characteristics
• Manual Excitation Control
• Automatic Excitation Control
• Frequency and Frequency Regulation
• Voltage and Voltage Regulation
• Voltage Regulator Stability
• Types Of Sensing Circuits
• Power Input Circuit
• Frequency Compensation
• Fault Current Support
• Excitation Support Systems
• Power System Stabilizers

TOPIC 3: GOVERNOR FUNDAMENTALS

• Mechanical Governing
• Unstable Governor
• Speed Droop Governor
• Isochronous Governor
• Prime Movers with Isolated Loads
• Prime Movers Tied to Utility Power
• Proportional Electronic Governor Systems
• Electronic Governing
• Actuator Elements
• Electronic Isochronous and Droop Speed Control
• Isochronous Load Sharing
• Electrical Governing Versus Mechanical Governing
• Digital Governing and Controls

TOPIC 4: ENGINE PROTECTIVE CONTROLS

• Basic Components
• Lubrication
• Cooling
• Overspeed
• Miscellaneous
• Alarms
• Shutdown
• Generator Instrumentation

TOPIC 5: LOAD BANKS

• Alternator Loading Considerations
• Load Bank Applications
• Portable Load Banks
• Permanent Load Banks
• Radiator Load Banks
• Medium Voltage Load Banks
• Load Bank Controls

TOPIC 6: AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCHES

• Supplying Emergency Power
• Transferring Power
• Manual Devices
• Automatic Devices
• Controlling Automatic Transfer Switches
• Transferring Motor Loads with Automatic Transfer Switches
• Ground-Fault Protection
• Open Transition Transfer Switches
• Closed Transition Transfer Switches
• Automatic Transfer Systems
• Maintaining Emergency Power
• Transfer Systems
• System Faults
• Motor Load Considerations
• Testing
• Maintenance

TOPIC 7: PARALLELING GENERATORS

• Electric Power System
• Parallel Operation of Generators
• The Control Strategy
• Synchronization
• Protective Strategy
• Failure Modes
• The Protective Relaying Scheme
• Islanding
• Suitable Protective Schemes
• Dedicated Interconnect Circuit
• Medium Voltage Interconnect

TOPIC 8: TROUBLESHOOTING ON-SITE POWER GENERATION SYSTEMS

• Applicability
• The Common Troubleshooting Process
• The Formal Troubleshooting Process
• Case Studies
• Conclusion
• Practical Troubleshooting Tools

Meet The Instructors


Ed Rideout

Ed Rideout

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Fred Tanguay

Fred Tanguay

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Terry Yonkheym

Terry Yonkheym

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