How to Test Overcurrent Relays: An Introduction to Protective Relaying Online Seminar (32 NETA CTDs)

Are you new to relay testing? Do you want to create a solid foundation before you get thrown to the wolves?

Have you been thrown to the wolves already and don’t feel confident in your relay testing skills?

If so, this seminar covers the basics of overcurrent protection that new relay testers should know before they start testing relays. It also fills in gaps for self-taught relay testers who had to figure it out for themselves. No matter which situation you are in, if you want to truly understand how to test all overcurrent relays from any manufacturer with any test-set, this is the training you’ve been looking for. We’ve created over 30 hours of short videos that show you how to test any overcurrent relay from any relay manufacturer with your test-set.

Get your questions answered inside these lessons:

  1. Introduction to Protective Relays
  2. How to Test Electro-Mechanical Overcurrent Relays
  3. Understanding Power System Faults
  4. How to Test Simple Digital Overcurrent Relays
  5. Introduction to the Power System Studies Used to Create Relay Settings
  6. How to Test Overcurrent Elements Inside IEDs

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This seminar starts at the very beginning and defines the basic operating characteristics that you will find in all relays to help you understand why techs test relays the way they do and what failure points you should be looking for inside the relays you test. All overcurrent relays are fed from current transformers (CTs), so we also explain how CTs operate, why a saturated CT is bad, and how you can check to make sure that the CTs are properly installed on the power system.

Electro-mechanical relays were the backbone of the power system for over a century and are a great teaching tool because you can see what’s happening inside the relay while you are testing it. Most digital overcurrent relay elements are really just modeling electro-mechanical overcurrent relays, so being able to test and visualize an electro-mechanical relay will help you test any relay. Therefore, the second lesson shows you how to test electro-mechanical overcurrent relays, which sets you up with the basic skills and understanding that you can use for all relay testing.

I thought this was going to be a nice short lesson, but we want to fill in all of the blanks in your relay testing knowledge. That means that we explain every step of the relay testing process. For example; we don’t just don’t tell you to parallel channels when your test-set amplifiers overload, we explain why your amplifiers are overloading and what happens when you parallel channels…and why paralleling too many channels can actually make the problem worse. We spend a lot of time explaining the why of relay testing techniques so that you can apply the correct test procedure when something goes wrong. Then we go through step-by-step procedures with multiple relay and test-set examples that will prepare you to test your relays with your test-sets. You can download test sheets, checklists, and detailed testing instructions that you can use at your site to make sure you are testing your electro-mechanical relays correctly.

The third lesson describes the most common kinds of power system faults so that you can troubleshoot problems after a relay operates…and apply realistic fault simulations with your electro-mechanical relay testing techniques to test any relay with any test-set.

The fourth lesson shows you that the skills you learned in the electro-mechanical lesson can be applied to any relay using a simple digital overcurrent relay (i.e. Basler BE1-51) example. Digital relays have different failure points, so we explain why you need to modify the electro-mechanical test procedures slightly when testing single-function, multi-phase, simple digital relays. Then we show you step-by-step test procedures using multiple test-sets along with test sheets, checklists, and detailed testing instructions that you can download and use at your site.

We strongly believe that if you truly understand the theory of a topic, you will be a better relay tester. The fifth lesson gives you a peak behind the curtain and shows you how a relay engineer uses engineering studies to create relay settings, which will help you understand what you are testing and find setting mistakes, which are the most common reasons why relays mis-operate when in-service. We also show you how to search through a coordination study to find the relay settings and create test points that make sure the correct settings have been applied the easy way without needing to decode digital relays settings.

In the final lesson, we discuss why modern relays should really be called intelligent electronic devices (IEDs). These “relays” may share some features with traditional overcurrent relays, but they are much more complicated and have significantly different failure points. Traditional test techniques simply aren’t designed to find the most common problems inside IEDs, but we show you how to take all of the knowledge and techniques learned in this seminar and apply them to IEDs with the updated overcurrent element testing plan described in this lesson. As usual, there are step-by-step test procedures using multiple test-sets along with test sheets, checklists, and detailed testing instructions that you can download and use at your site to test the overcurrent elements inside this seminar.

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How Online Seminars Works

This online seminar contains over 30 hours of videos (usually less than 15 minutes each) that you can watch at your own pace in any order with an internet connection. When you purchase the seminar with your credit card, you will have unlimited, 24/7 access to all the videos with no expiration date. Each video has closed captioning, fast-forward/rewind/play speed controls, and you can revisit the videos whenever you wish.

We try to follow a “show don’t tell” philosophy in all our videos and use realistic conditions as much as possible. This seminar isn’t just a bunch of pre-recorded webinars and power point slide presentations. You will watch the instructor test different relays with different test-sets and explain what he is doing every step of the way. We didn’t cut out the mistakes he made while testing and creating the settings, so you will also see how to troubleshoot problems when they happen.

Continuing Education Credits

You will get a certificate of achievement when you complete all of the topics and lessons in the seminar that you can use for continuing education credits with your organization. Please let us know if you need any help getting accreditation with your organization. We will do the best we can to help you.

This course is eligible for 32 NETA Continuing Technical Development Credits (CTDs). NETA Certified Technicians (Level III and Level IV) are required to earn a minimum of 48 CTDs every three years to maintain their certification. For more information about the CTD program and requirements, please contact the NETA office at [email protected] or 888-300-6382.

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