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Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi
E E 559
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Electrical Energy Systems

Topics of current interest in electrical power and energy devices and systems. Content varies from year to year, based on current professional interests of faculty member in charge. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

This course covers the foundations of electric safety: identification of the electrical hazards and the methods to deal with them. The safety issues include the induction voltage due to the proximity to power lines, stray voltage, atmospheric discharges and faults. The methods by which electrical hazards can be dealt with include grounding and establishing equipotential zones. Safety methods are studied to cases such as transmission line maintenance and construction for energized and de-energized lines, ground installations within the right-of-way of transmission lines (buildings, parking lots, and roadways), reduction of induced voltage on railroads and pipelines and Low voltage circuit safety

Applicable OSHA standards, IEEE standards, and the NESC are discussed in conjunction with each topic. The course provides the engineering justifications (modeling and analysis) of the standards and safety codes. Several real-world cases are presented, studied, and analyzed.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Graduate standing For undergraduates: EE351 and one senior level course in power not including EE452 or EE453.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi
Date: 10/26/2009