Storage Batteries Maintenance and Principles

Course Number: E-5008
Credit: 5 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: A. Bhatia, Mechanical Engineer
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Overview

In Storage Batteries Maintenance and Principles, you'll learn ...

  • Principles of lead-acid batteries, valve regulated lead-acid batteries, and vented nickel cadmium batteries
  • Battery safety recommendations and standards
  • Battery testing, including acceptance and capacity tests
  • Proper operation and maintenance of battery charging equipment

Overview

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Credit: 5 PDH

Length: 73 pages

Batteries are the backup power source for millions of consumers and businesses, as well as medical, military, and industrial facilities worldwide. Critical applications such as computers, servers, instruments, telecommunications, and life-saving equipment require one hundred percent redundancy in every aspect to ensure a high degree of reliability and operation. Although commercial power supply sources are available, any malfunction or interruption of the utility power can be detrimental to the critical operations of the facility. Thus, consistent and reliable performance of batteries is essential for smooth functioning of modern equipment.

In the U.S., battery replacement is a seventeen billion dollar market. Around seventy-five percent of these batteries-whether "starting," "power," "stand-by," "industrial," "marine," etc.-have stopped working prematurely due to inadequate maintenance, while the remaining twenty-five percent suffer mechanical failures. The number one cause of reduced lifespan and output capacity in batteries is attributed to "over sulfation," a crystallization that occurs when a battery cell is undercharged. Ongoing maintenance of batteries is thus very important.

This course provides basic engineering guidance in the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of lead-acid and vented nickel cadmium batteries. The course is applicable to all electrical, mechanical, and facility engineers, energy auditors, and operation and maintenance personnel responsible for power provision at your facilities.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Principles and characteristics of lead-acid, valve regulated lead-acid, and nickel cadmium batteries
  • Importance of float charge, initial charge, and equalizing charge
  • Effects of undercharging and over discharge of batteries
  • Importance of voltage and specific gravity readings at appropriate temperature correction
  • Sedimentation, water replacement rate, and constant voltage charging
  • Battery life for different types and services
  • Internal shorts, connection resistance
  • Causes and elimination of over sulfation
  • Acceptance testing and inspection guidelines
  • Capacity tests to determine replacement
  • Battery safety: explosive and electrolyte hazards, flame arresters, ventilation, etc.
  • Operating principles and maintenance guidelines for motor-generator sets and static rectifier chargers
  • Replacement storage battery sizing

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 40 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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