Electrical Power Equipment Maintenance and Testing

Electrical Power Equipment Maintenance and Testing

By Paul Gill

Hardcover: 961 pages

Published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; 2009 edition

IISBN-13: 978-1574446562

ISBN-10: 1574446568


Second Edition

Maintenance of protection, automation and control systems is a little different from the maintenance of many other systems because of the fact that they include not only the protection and control devices, but also instrument transformers, breakers, etc. That is why the maintenance philosophy and process needs to take into account all these aspects.

The book by Paul Gill is something that can help any specialist that is involved with asset management of electric power systems. It is the second edition of a book with the same title that was published in 1997, following by fifteen years the original book – Electrical Equipment Testing and Maintenance. It has been considered an essential book for any industry organization that is involved in one way or another in maintenance and testing.

The style of the book is very practical and readable, probably because of the 30 years’ experience of the author teaching courses on the topics of maintenance and testing.

The changing industry at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one is one of the drivers for the publication of the second edition of the book. It contains major revisions and additions not just in the content of the individual chapters, but also with the addition of new chapters. In Chapter 1 which covers maintenance strategies, dielectric theory, insulating materials, failure modes and maintenance impact on arc-flash hazard the author has added information on RCM (reliability centered maintenance) and many other extensions.

The book does not only talk about what maintenance and testing needs to be performed on different types of power equipment. It describes in details all different factors that have an impact of equipment, which helps the reader understand better the philosophies and methods for maintenance and testing presented later in each chapter.

Probably of most interest to the PAC community is Chapter 9 Testing and Commissioning of Protective Relays and Instrument Transformers. The author first focuses on the instrument transformers used to interface the protection relays with the primary substation equipment and the different methods for their testing. He later describes the different types of protection devices operating today in the power systems around the world – electromechanical, solid-state and microprocessor based, as well as their principles and applications. This is followed by the analysis of the types of relay tests and the differences in the testing of electromechanical, solid state and microprocessor based relays.

The role of event reporting capabilities in multifunctional protection devices is discussed at the end of the chapter.
The book provides a wide range of information in close to one thousand pages and will be a useful addition to any PAC specialist’s library.

Power. Flexible. Easergy.
BeijingSifang June 2016