ELEN 3441 – Fundamentals of Power Engineering

Lab # 16

Spring 2012

Lab 15: Introduction to ETAP.
Objective: to become exposed to ETAP – a software complex designed to analyze power systems and their components. Equipment: PC with installed ETAP

According to its manufacturer, “ETAP offers a suite of fully integrated Electrical Engineering software solutions including arc flash, load flow, short circuit, transient stability, relay coordination, cable ampacity, optimal power flow, and more. Its modular functionality can be customized to fit the needs of any company, from small to large power systems.” “Operation Technology, Inc. is the designer and developer of ETAP, the most comprehensive analysis software for the design, simulation, operation, monitoring, control, optimization, and automation of power systems. ETAP is the industry leader used worldwide in all types and sizes of power systems, including generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial systems such as oil and gas, manufacturing, steel, cement, mining, data centers, nuclear facilities, transportation, smart grid solutions, renewable energy, and more. Visit etap.com for more information.”

Preliminary note: Please, do not save any changes to the example files you will be working with during the experiments! 1) Start ETAP. Depending on the computer, this operation may take a few minutes. Be patient! Go to the “menu/open” command and select to open “Example ANSI”. Click “Ok” when prompted for user … and “Ok” for Project Editor. You should see a window similar to one in Figure 16-1:

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change the fuse value to what you think should be appropriate. “Fuse3 is at 113. correct the “Sub3 Bus” error. Run the Load Flow Analysis by clicking the button “2”. Check the warning generated. Double-click the fuse and go to Ratings.6%”. If the value you selected for the Fuse3 is appropriate. the warning for it should disappear. These errors rated as critical may lead to failure of the power system! Double-click “Fuse3” to display “SubNet 3” diagram and locate the Fuse3 (442 A). click “Ok”. Following the same approach. Go back to “Study View” and re-run the Load Flow test. Page | 2 . Select “Alert View” (button “3”) and then “Critical…” to see critical errors. Click “Unit” to see the units. You should see something like “Sub3 Bus is at 106%”.ELEN 3441 – Fundamentals of Power Engineering Lab # 16 Spring 2012 1 2 3 Figure 16-1 2) Switch to the Load Flow Analysis mode by clicking the button “1”.

Run the “3phase device duty” test. Please.ELEN 3441 – Fundamentals of Power Engineering Lab # 16 Spring 2012 3) Return to the “Study View” and switch to the Short Circuit Analysis mode. 4) Close ETAP. In your report: No formal report is required. Page | 3 . check the alerts and modify the circuit elements to clear them. After the test is over. Modify the appropriate circuit parameters to eliminate the critical errors. Run the “Arc-flash” test. do not save any changes to the example files when prompted. select the “Alert view” to inspect the errors generated.

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