Power Factor Correction

Course Number: E-3017
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Robert J. Scoff, P.E.
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Overview

In Power Factor Correction , you'll learn ...

  • Definitions of specific electrical terms
  • Relationship between voltage, current, and power versus time for alternating current circuits
  • The importance of minimizing current flow in AC electrical systems
  • How power companies charge for the electricity they transport to their customers

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 31 pages

This course was written with the intention of removing the magic and mystique that surrounds the idea of Power Factor Correction. With that in mind, the course starts by reviewing direct current and single phase alternating current circuits, including resistive, capacitive, and inductive circuits. This is a quick review emphasizing voltage, current, and power relationships in these three common circuit elements. Waveforms and their relationship to vectors are shown. Line voltage drops and line power losses are examined.

This course was designed for both engineers in disciplines other than electrical, and electrical engineers who desire to deepen their understanding of power factor correction. This course contains some basic electrical theory, but is easily adapted to the practical world of industrial and commercial electrical systems, and specifically Power Factor Correction.

The material in this course is presented with numerous diagrams, waveforms, and vectors to help students understand how electrical power works and what power factor means. The material assumes some skill in basic mathematics, trigonometry, vector analysis, and the ability to convert between polar and rectangular co-ordinates. A calculator that does polar to rectangular and rectangular to polar conversions is very helpful, but not necessary, in working through this material.

Special Note: Course E-3017 and course E-3031W are alternate presentations of the same course material. Therefore, only one version, either the course or webinar, can be taken during a renewal cycle. If you have any questions regarding course eligibility, please contact our Customer Service Team.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Definitions of specific electrical terms
  • Relationship between voltage, current, and power versus time for alternating current circuits
  • The importance of minimizing current flow in AC electrical systems
  • How power companies charge for the electricity they transport to their customers
  • How Capacitors actually correct for reactive power in industrial plants
  • How much money can be saved by implementing a Power Factor Correction program

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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