MODULE DETAILS

DEIPQP609 - Power Quality and Protection

Nominal duration: 60 hours total time commitment

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers the principles of power quality and control, selection and use of batteries, selection and use of UPS, techniques for surge and transient protection, control of harmonics and noise, and the principles of power factor compensation and power quality studies, plus the fundamental principles of protection, the characteristics and applications of fuses, relays and batteries, and principles for effective management.

MODULE PURPOSE

The purpose of the module is for participants to gain working knowledge of the factors that determine power quality and effective techniques to maximise power quality in electrical systems of the oil and gas industry, including a sound appreciation of the role played by power protection systems in order to increase plant efficiency and performance as well as increasing safety.

MODIFICATION HISTORY New module combining modules #8 (Power System Protection and Co-ordination DEIM8) and #10 (Power Quality DEIM10) originally approved in 2010 (52368WA); April 2014 (52684WA).  For consistency with other modules in this third version of the course, this will be “Version 3”.

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES/UNIT(S)

Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

  • Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and Power Distribution DEIFEP601

  • Transformers DEITRN605

  • Switchgear for Power Distribution DEISGR606

  • Cables and Wires - Maintenance and Installation Practice DEICAB607

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

  • N/A

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.

CONDITIONS OF ASSESSMENT

Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

Assessment Conditions:

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Outline fundamental principles of power quality and methods of control
  2. Outline the characteristics and applications of fuses and relays
  3. Determine the selection and use of batteries for critical power supplies
  4. Apply fundamental principles of protection
  5. Compare techniques used for surge and transient protection
  6. Identify methods for controlling harmonics and noise
  7. Explain the principles of power factor compensation and power quality studies

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.

1. Outline fundamental principles of power quality and methods of control

1.1.  Explain basic principles of power quality

1.2.  Identify issues of power quality

1.3.  Outline and compare methods used to protect electrical equipment from voltage fluctuations and supply interruptions

2. Outline the characteristics and applications of fuses and relays

2.1.  Compare common fuse and contactor combinations

2.2.  Outline the role of fuses as protection system components

2.3.  Compare the (a) construction of and (b) settings of common different relay types

3. Determine the selection and use of batteries for critical power supplies

3.1.  Explain the basic characteristics of batteries used in oil and gas in terms of:

(a) construction

(b) charging/discharging

(c) sizing

(d) installation

(e) failure/disposal

3.2.  Outline the characteristics of static UPS systems

3.3.  Explain the importance of uninterrupted power supplies

4. Apply fundamental principles of protection

4.1.  Identify and explain the need for protection

4.2.  Explain issues with system earthing/grounding    

4.3.  Evaluate instrument transformers in terms of (a) attributes and (b) application

4.4.  Evaluate circuit breakers in terms of (a) purpose, (b) fault clearance time, (c) types and (d) applications

4.5.  Identify fundamental characteristics of the following types of protection:

(a) Feeder protection

(b) Transformer protection

(c) Switchgear (bus bar) protection

(d) Motor protection

(e) Generator protection

(f) Overhead line protection

4.6.  Determine effective procedures for the management of protection systems

5. Compare techniques used for surge and transient protection

5.1.  Identify methods by which surges are coupled into the power system

5.2.  Compare methods available for surge protection

6. Identify methods for controlling harmonics and noise

6.1.  Identify sources of harmonics

6.2.  Outline the methods for controlling harmonics

6.3.  Explain the fundamental characteristics of noise, its relationship with harmonics and methods for noise control

7. Explain the principles of power factor compensation and power quality studies

7.1.  Assess power factor (PF) compensation methods

7.2.  Outline procedures followed for power quality studies

Delivery Mode

Online and face-to-face

Specialised Resources

N/A

  

Software/Hardware Used

Software

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Hardware

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