Data and Computer Communications

by Turan Gönen

Publisher: CRC Press

Taylor & Francis Group, FL, USA

Copyright 2009

ISBN-10: 1439802548 ISBN -13: 978-1439802540


Second Edition

Reviewed by Alexander Apostolov, USA

Writing a book about the engineering analysis and design of electric transmission systems is a challenging task, especially today, when the system is becoming different from what it was in the last century. At the same time the author needs to be very careful in focusing the presented material to a specific group of readers that can benefit the most from his efforts.

The reason that the author of the book, Dr. Turan Gönen is able to deliver such a comprehensive overview of all issues related to engineering analysis and design of transmission systems is his background and vast experience in both industry and academia. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Electrical Power Educational Institute at California State University, Sacramento, California. He has held several teaching positions in the United States and in Turkey. He also has significant industry experience as a design and consulting engineer. All of this helps the author to present the material in a format that is useful for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practicing engineers from different industries.
One of the main goals of Dr. Gönen is to allow the readers to study the material by themselves. This is achieved by:

  • Detailed and clear presentation of the material in each chapter
  • Numerical examples
  • Problems designed to apply the knowledge from the chapters

The material is presented in more than eight hundred pages divided in thirteen chapters and six appendices. There are two section of the book. The first includes eleven chapters and is focused on the electrical design and analysis of transmission systems. The second section is smaller - just two chapters covering the mechanical design and analysis.

Chapter 1 of the book addresses the issues of transmission system planning and considers the challenges and methods used today and in the future. Chapter 2 describes the components of the transmission system - transmission lines and electrical substations. After introducing some fundamental concepts, such as loadability curves, shunt and series compensation, static var systems and energy management systems, the author focuses to overhead (Chapter 4), underground (Chapter 5) and direct-current (Chapter 6) transmission lines.

Chapter 7 covers Transient Overvoltages and Insulation Coordination and introduces some theoretical and practical aspects, such as traveling waves on three-phase lines, the impact of lightning and lightning surges, switching and switching surges. Overvoltage protection and insulation coordination are discussed later in this chapter. Limiting Factors for Extra-High and Ultrahigh Voltage Transmission: Corona, Radio Noise, and Audible Noise are covered in Chapter 8.

Chapter 9 presents symmetrical components and fault analysis, including shunt and series faults and methods for determination of network equivalents for series faults. Chapter 10 is a brief overview of protective equipment and transmission system protection. The author includes all components of a fault clearing system - breakers, switches, protection and reclosing functions and devices. Chapter 11 is dedicated to transmission systems reliability.

The two chapters in the mechanical design and analysis section cover different issues related to the construction of overhead lines, sag and tension analysis.
The book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the issues of transmission systems engineering and design. 

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