Ultrasound: Hear what you can't see
Some of the main threats to electric power systems—whether it be transformers, transmission and distribution, medium and high voltage installations—are arcing, tracking, and corona discharge. These defect conditions can lead to unexpected failures and, more seriously, can lead to personal safety risks for workers. Ultrasound has proven itself over and over again as an excellent solution for finding these defects at early stages. Ultrasound works very well with infrared technology. With ultrasound, you can hear what you can’t see. With Infrared, you can see what you can’t hear. Put the two of them together and you have the perfect solution for finding these defects before they become a threat to your assets and a threat to your personnel. Allan Rienstra, of SDT Ultrasound Solutions, is part of the Electric Power Reliability Experience at the Electric Power Reliability Summit this September: https://www.powersummit.energy/
Tour: Center for Electromechanics
The Center for Electromechanics is an applied research center at the University of Texas at Austin and is the largest university-based electromechanics research and development facility in the country. Shannon Strank will lead a guided tour of the facility where you will get to see first-hand some of the leading-edge research performed at the center, including some insight into how the CEM approaches electrical systems as a whole in terms of efficiency and reliability.