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IEEE IAS Newsletter
August 2018
In this issue
  • IAS Annual Meeting Tutorial Line-Up
  • ECCE 2018 Tutorial Preview
  • Industrial & Commercial Power System Europe Conference
  • Plenary Keynote Speakers at ECCE
  • IAS Conference Calendar
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An application for Senior membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

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IAS Distinguished Lecturer Program
The IAS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and Prominent Lecturer (PL) Program allows Chapters to invite experts to visit Chapter events and give lectures. It is a great opportunity to have direct contact with the best researchers and industrial experts in our field.

The DL and PL lecturers can be reimbursed by IAS US$1,000 and US$600 per lecture travel. The monetary support of travel invitations is limited to three lectures per year.

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The 2018 IAS Annual Meeting (co-located with ECCE) is right around the corner! The meetings will be held in Portland, OR, USA, 23-27 September 2018.
There is still time to register!

Thank you for reading this issue of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Newsletter. If you have IAS-specific news to share with your IAS colleagues please send us an email for possible future publication in an upcoming newsletter.

IAS Annual Meeting Tutorial Line-Up
1.) Understanding DER Management Systems (DERMS) - DER Aggregation, Optimization and Integration
Organized by Ajit A. Renjit, Electric Power Research Institute

In its current form, today's grid-especially its distribution systems-was neither designed nor equipped to accommodate a high penetration of DER while sustaining high levels of electric quality and reliability. Researchers have recognized the need for active management of DER by grid operators to enable opportunities and also to tackle the power quality and reliability issues caused by DER. DER Management Systems (DERMS) are software platforms that can actively manage DER by aggregating, optimizing and integrating them. Such systems bridge the gap between the grid operator and the large number of DER by taking the complex capabilities of many and presenting them as a simpler more manageable set of services. This tutorial will cover some of the emerging DERMS concepts including (1) Introduction to DERMS, its origin and definition (2) Different architectures for DER integration using DERMS (3) DERMS functions - how it relates to IEEE 1547 and other applicable industry standards (4) Case studies from utility pilot projects. (5) Demonstration of EPRI's DERMS tools.

2.) Maintenance Considerations and Planning for Electric Power Equipment
Organized by Dr. Dan Bumblauskas, University of Northern Iowa and PFC Services Inc.

An introduction on various types of transformers and circuit breakers will be provided along with a discussion on the evolution of maintenance practices. This includes time based maintenance, condition based maintenance, reliability based maintenance and predictive maintenance. Computerized maintenance information systems have been applied to track maintenance information and history. An overview of the various systems will be provided. Such information systems have not traditionally been used to predict or simulate maintenance decisions and actions. This tutorial will detail two predictive maintenance models, a population data analysis, and an information system architecture which can be utilized to aid operations and maintenance managers with the difficult resource allocation decisions they face in the field. The first model is formulated to address the consideration of component dependency for series network connections using a Markov Decision Process (MDP) model and solution algorithm. The second model is formulated to address the prioritization of maintenance activities for a fleet of equipment using an Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and solution algorithm. A population data set is reviewed and a recurrent data analysis is conducted. The final element is the information system architecture linking these two models to a marketing information system (MkIS) in order to provide quotations for maintenance services. The specific industry of interest is the electrical power equipment industry with a focus on circuit breaker maintenance decision actions and priorities and the development of quotations for such services. This tutorial is of particular interest to operations and maintenance managers working in electric utility industry and those working in the renewable, sustainable, and green energy industries.

3.) Health Monitoring and Fault-Tolerant Operation of VFDs in On-the-Move Energy Technologies
Organized by Jiangbiao He, GE Global Research Center

On-the-move industry comprises a variety of technologies including industrial, service and medical robotics, aircraft, electric and hybrid vehicles, trains, and drones, etc. Despite their differences, they have common specific characteristics and requirements. They generally apply electric motors and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs). Therefore, VFDs must have resilient structures because of rapidly changing environmental conditions. They must have fault-tolerant structures to prevent catastrophic failures, such that, if some part of the structure is damaged and bypassed, the structure will not necessarily fail or collapse, as another part can replace the damaged part. Meanwhile, driven by the requirements of high power density, switching frequency of VFDs has become increasingly high over the past decade, leading to severe electric stress on the stator winding and bearings in motors.

In this tutorial, the mechanism of electrical faults that could occur in VFDs and their associated fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant solutions will be presented. Specifically, the diagnosis and fault-tolerant solutions to switching faults in semiconductor devices such as short-circuit and open-circuit switching faults, as well as ground faults, in both low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) VFD systems are presented. Furthermore, overvoltage on the stator windings and the diagnosis of winding short-circuit faults in the VFD-fed electric machines due to the short rise time of PWM voltage pulses and mismatch of the surge impedance will be elaborated. Finally, the mechanism of the bearing faults caused by the common-mode voltage induced by the fast-switching VFDs as well as the related fault detection and fault-tolerant solutions will be instructed.

4.) Line-Ground Faults in Industrial Systems and Applications of Symmetrical Components for their Analysis and Protection
Organized by Rasheek Rifaat, Rifaat Engineering, Inc.

A line-to-ground (L-G) fault is the most likely type of fault to occur in industrial power systems. Under L-G fault conditions, power systems are not symmetrical. Analysis, identification, and proper isolation of L-G faults prevents the progression of L-G faults into multiple phase faults with large fault currents and considerable damage to power systems and establishes a properly coordinated L-G protection system. It is necessary for industrial power system engineers to comprehend system asymmetrical behavior under L-G fault conditions and avoid false conclusions that could result from oversimplified system modeling. Misunderstanding of system under such conditions will also lead to incorrect inputs to protection coordination programs or inappropriate selection of protection functions and settings. One of the most effective tools in analyzing and verifying L-G fault conditions is the Symmetrical Components Method which was developed about a century ago, yet it still provides valuable analytical information. This tutorial provides an introduction to the symmetrical components method and discusses practical examples on its utilization as a tool for the verification of system parameters. It discusses tips, tricks, and tracks associated with such applications, especially for a system with diversified transformer connections and multiple sources with different neutral ground connections.

5.) Quick and Simple Cost Estimates in Industrial and Commercial Power System Design
Organized by Pankaj (PK) Sen, Colorado School of Mines

One of the early tasks an engineer (or sometimes an estimator/engineer) performs is to determine the budgetary cost estimate of a design, or perhaps alternate designs, once the scope is "somewhat" defined. This is used to make the final determination sometimes for the "go" "no go" decision. It is also common that the final decision is made by non-engineers like the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or other non-technical personnel.

So the estimate must be simple, easily understandable and sound. It must also include the variance in the design process. This is not taught in any academic institutions at all level and is learned on the job. Usually there are extremes. Either they are too detailed and takes a lot of unnecessary time to prepare and others will guess quickly without much justification. It is also essential that a conceptual design (and alternate designs) is performed very early in the project. The engineer must also have common sense knowledge of the equipment ratings limitations.

This tutorial will address the key factors usually define the design constraints early in the process, basic ratings of the major equipment, include a list of simple charts and tables, sometimes a simple mathematical relationships of the cost estimates, and various simplified techniques. This will address alternate independent ways to do budgetary cost estimates for confidence in that number.

A number of numerical examples will be addressed and solved during the presentation to conceptualize the process. A group project will be assigned at the end as an exercise and will be discussed.

To register for the IAS Annual Meeting and or any of the above tutorials please visit

Advance discount registration ends on 1 September 2018 - avoid a price increase and register now!

Plan Your ECCE 2018 Education: Preview the Tutorial Offerings!
Looking for valuable information in the areas of energy conversion systems and technologies or components and subsystems for energy conversion? If so, be sure to attend a tutorial session during your time at ECCE 2018!

The following tutorials will be offered on Sunday, September 23:

Morning Session:
  • High Power/Voltage Power Converters and Applications - Opportunities and Challenges offered by HV SiC power devices
  • The Smart Transformer: Impact on the Electric Grid and Technology Challenges
  • Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids: Configuration, Power Management and Converter Control
  • High Voltage Rotating Machines-Design and Diagnostics
  • Control for Grid-Friendly Power Converter Systems
  • Photo-Electro-Thermal-Theory for LED Systems and its Applications
  • Power Converters for Energy Storage Applications - Analysis and Design from Theory to Practice
  • Optimization Techniques for Solar Power Plants
  • Predictive Control - A Simple and Powerful Method of Control Power Converters and Drives
  • (1/2) Permanent Magnet Fundamentals
  • (1/2) Sequence Impedance Modeling and Analysis of Wind and PV Inverters Considering Coupling over Frequency

Afternoon Session:
  • Application of Silicon-Carbide (SiC) Power Devices and Converters: Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Solutions
  • Harmonic Modeling and Stability of Power Electronic Based Power Systems
  • Electrical Drives Measurements and Testing: Past, Present, and Future
  • Condition Monitoring, Diagnostics and PHM of Electric Machine and Drive Systems
  • Power Electronics Enabled Technologies in Power Systems Connecting Utilities and Customers
  • Advanced Digital Current Regulation Strategies for Grid Connected Inverters
  • Modeling and System Design of Solid-State Lighting Drivers
  • Battery Management Systems for Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Interpretation of IEEE 519-2014 for Industrial and Commercial Applications
  • (1/2) Design, Modelling and Control of Linear Induction Motors (LIM) for Industrial Applications
  • (1/2) Lose Your Bearings: An Introduction to Magnetically Suspended Shafts

All tutorial sessions are four hours in length, except for those noted (1/2) which are two hours long. Visit the ECCE website for more information on tutorials.

Register Early and Save
Register by 15 August and take advantage of early registration rates!

Industrial & Commercial Power System Europe Conference
The Industry Application Society (IAS) has sponsored (technically and financially) a very successful event 12-15 June 2018.

For the second year, the 2nd edition of the Industrial & Commercial Power System Europe Conference took place, in Palermo, Italy.

The Industrial & Commercial Power System Department is one of the four department of IAS, whose scope is the advancement of the theory and practice of engineering as it relates to design and management of electrical power systems. This event, held jointly with the 18th IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering, has become one of the major events of the IEEE in Europe, and currently represent one of the largest gatherings of researchers and industry professionals in the world. Enriched with more than 500 papers, and attendees from all over the world, this conference has been a unique opportunity for researchers, academics, engineers, and experts to exchange the latest information on the exciting fields of electrical technology, energy, environmental engineering, smart grid, building automation, storage, e-mobility, etc. The technical program was rich and varied, with tens of technical oral and poster sessions each day.

The social events in the cosmopolitan city of Palermo were truly memorable. The success of the conference has ultimately depended on the many volunteers, on both sides of the Ocean, who have worked to plan and organize both the technical program and the social events. We therefore recognize the hard work of all the Chairs involved in the organization of this successful IAS conference.

Prof. Massimo Mitolo
IEEE IAS I&CPS Chair (papers)
Track & Sessions I&CPS Europe Conference Chair

Meet This Year's Plenary Keynote Speakers at ECCE!
Register today for ECCE 2018, held 23-27 September 2018 in Portland, Oregon, USA, and hear from esteemed experts within the energy conversion industry, including this year's highly-anticipated plenary keynote speakers:

Dr. Victor Veliadis
Chief Technology Officer, PowerAmerica and North Carolina State University
Topic: SiC Power Devices: High-Impact Applications and Path to Wide Adoption

Dr. Stephanie Watts Butler
Technology Innovation Architect, Texas Instruments
Topic: Power Semiconductors

Sean James
Director of Energy Research, Microsoft
Topic:Data Centers: Disruptive Facility Architectures with Fuel Cells and Load Side Integration

Jason Busch
Executive Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Topic: Ocean Energy

Dr. Jiaqi Liang
Director of Power Electronics, Hyperloop One
Topic: Hyperloop - Creating the Future of Transportation

Register Early and Save
Register by 15 August and take advantage of early registration rates!

Learn More
Visit the ECCE website for more information on ECCE 2018 and to register.
IAS Conference Calendar
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference website for a full listing.

2018 IEEE 18th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (PEMC)
26-30 August 2018
Budapest, Hungary

2018 XIII International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM)
3-6 September 2018
Alexandroupoli, Greece

2018 IEEE 9th International Symposium on Sensorless Control for Electrical Drives (SLED)
13-14 September 2018
Helsinki, Finland

2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (IAS)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC)
24-26 September 2018
Cincinnati, OH USA

2018 21st International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS)
7-10 October 2018
Jeju-si, Korea (South)

2018 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA)
14-17 October 2018
Paris, France

2018 2nd International Conference on Energy Conservation and Efficiency (ICECE)
16-17 October 2018
Lahore, Pakistan

2018 Seminar on Power Electronics and Control (SEPOC)
21-24 October 2018
Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil

2018 2nd IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Intelligent Control and Energy Systems (ICPEICES)
22-24 October 2018
New Delhi, India

2018 IEEE CIC East Coast Technical Meeting (ECTM)
25-26 October 2018
Allentown, PA USA

2018 Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT)
30 October - 2 November 2018
Singapore, Singapore

2018 International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (INDEL)
1-3 November 2018
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2018 5th IEEE Uttar Pradesh Section International Conference on Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering (UPCON)
2-4 November 2018
Gorakhpur, India

2018 IEEE 59th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON)
12-14 November 2018
Riga, Latvia

2018 International Conference on Smart Grid (icSmartGrid)
4-6 December 2018
Nagasaki, Japan

2018 IEEE Student Conference on Electric Machines and Systems
14-16 December 2018
HuZhou, China

2018 IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES)
18-21 December 2018
Chennai, India

2018 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS)
21-22 December 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka

2019 IEEE Texas Power and Energy conference (TPEC)
7-8 February 2019
College Station, TX USA

2019 International Conference on Industrial Applications of Engineering Sciences (ICIAES)
9 February 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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