The Pacific Northwest is regularly struck by large earthquakes (i.e., magnitude 9.0) from the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault.
The last of these earthquakes was approximately 300 years ago, but there is an estimated 30% chance of another large earthquake occurring within the next 50 years.
Electrical systems are vulnerable to earthquakes and exhibit many different modes of failure, and it's important to analyze these vulnerabilities carefully in order to prepare.
This course discusses some of the vulnerabilities and failure modes of large electrical systems in earthquakes, and also provides tools for analyzing, quantifying and improving systems resilience.
This online self-paced course will help you:
You will also cover background information on the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault, benchmarks for similar earthquakes, electrical equipment standards, and tools and metrics for quantifying resilience.
Ted K.A. Brekken is a professor in energy systems at Oregon State University. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999, 2002, and 2005, respectively. He studied electric vehicle motor design at Postech in Pohang, South Korea, in 1999. He also studied wind turbine control at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in 2004–2005 on a Fulbright scholarship. His research interests include control, power electronics, electric drives, advanced control and modeling techniques applied to renewable energy systems, and electrical system resilience. He is director of the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF). He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER, the IEEE Power & Energy Society 2011 Outstanding Young Engineer award, and numerous teaching and research awards.