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205 Harmonic Analysis & Application with PTW 2-Day Training



  • Review of theory and fundamentals of power system harmonics
  • Discussion of total harmonic distortion and notching
  • Discussion of common symptoms of harmonics in a power system such as transformer heating, motor and generator heating and vibrations, neutral heating and electronic equipment malfunction
  • Review of non-linear loads and common sources of harmonics within electrical distribution systems
  • Overview of the background and application of IEEE Std 519-1992
  • Presentation of several practical examples of performing harmonic measurements
  • Presentation of several class examples that will help students gain a basic understanding of how to perform a harmonic analysis
  • Discuss issues and examine study results, potential problem areas and implementation of study recommendations using common harmonic mitigating techniques.


  • Basic computer skills
  • SKM Power*Tools Standard 3-Day and Advanced 2-Day Training OR working knowledge of SKM PTW Software
  • Students are urged to review:
    • IEEE Brown Book Std 399 - 1997, chapter 6 and 10
    • IEEE Red Book Std 141-1993, chapters 8 and 9
    • IEEE 519 - 1992, “IEEE Recommended Practices and Requirements for Harmonic Control in Electrical Power Systems”

Course Description:

This course involves the application of the Power*Tools program to analyze a sample AC electrical distribution system containing various types of harmonic sources. Harmonic analysis of the distribution system will be reviewed and then performed using the software. Students will earn 1.6 CEUs for this 2-day course.


Typical Industrial and Commercial Power System Example:

  • Review of harmonic analysis and IEEE 519-1992 distortion limits
  • Data gathering and input data requirements for harmonic analysis
  • Examination and interpretation of PTW study results and potential problem
    areas in the power system
  • Discussion of methods and procedures for completing a typical study
  • Discussion of final presentation of study reports
  • Discussion of compliance with various standards and requirements

Hands-On Lab - Analysis of a Sample Electrical Distribution System in PTW:

  • Interpretation of Equipment datasheets
  • Perform measurements to establish harmonic current source models for harmonic producing loads
  • Data gathering, data input and system modeling
  • Review of harmonic analyzer capabilities best suited for such measurements
  • Exposure to load flow analysis to the extent to establish a 60 Hz base case for the harmonic analysis
  • Building harmonic current sources for loads and establishing the base case harmonic load flow
  • Choice of the Point of Common Coupling (PCC) and how to conduct IEEE Std. 519-1992 analysis at the PCC
  • Sizing a power factor correction capacitor bank and use of frequency scans to determine if it should be a filter
  • Filter design and use of IEEE Std. 18 to rate the capacitor in the filter bank
  • Discussion of study results and methods to improve (reduce) harmonic distortion

Target Audience:

This course is intended for electric power engineers responsible for the design and analysis of three phase electrical distribution systems. No previous electrical distribution system analysis experience is required.
Course 205 2017 Harmonic Analysis and Application 2-Day Training
Course Dates & Locations October 25, 26 in Warrendale, PA
Course Hours 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday
Course Fees $1,350 for 205 Harmonic Analysis & Application 2-Day. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
$2,600 (Save $100) for 204 and 205, 4-Day. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
Registration Fees Include All course materials, Continental breakfast each day from 7:30 to 8:00 AM, Lunch and refreshments during breaks, and an IEEE Certificate of Completion.
Training Equipment Students are responsible for bringing their own laptop computers. SKM will provide a training course package with the latest version of the PTW software two weeks prior to the class for installation. License key will be provided on the first day of the course.
Course Location The Eaton Power Quality Experience Center and Lab
130 Commonwealth Drive
Warrendale, PA 15086

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