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Handbook of Electrical Engineering: For Practitioners in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry

Handbook of Electrical Engineering: For Practitioners in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry

Alan L. Sheldrake

ISBN: 978-0-470-01389-2

Jan 2005

650 pages


A practical treatment of power system design within the oil, gas, petrochemical and offshore industries. These have significantly different characteristics to large-scale power generation and long distance public utility industries.
Developed from a series of lectures on electrical power systems given to oil company staff and university students, Sheldrake's work provides a careful balance between sufficient mathematical theory and comprehensive practical application knowledge.
Features of the text include:
  • Comprehensive handbook detailing the application of electrical engineering to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries
  • Practical guidance to the electrical systems equipment used on off-shore production platforms, drilling rigs, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants
  • Summaries of the necessary theories behind the design together with practical guidance on selecting the correct electrical equipment and systems required
  • Presents numerous 'rule of thumb' examples enabling quick and accurate estimates to be made
  • Provides worked examples to demonstrate the topic with practical parameters and data
  • Each chapter contains initial revision and reference sections prior to concentrating on the practical aspects of power engineering including the use of computer modelling
  • Offers numerous references to other texts, published papers and international standards for guidance and as sources of further reading material
  • Presents over 35 years of experience in one self-contained reference
  • Comprehensive appendices include lists of abbreviations in common use, relevant international standards and conversion factors for units of measure
An essential reference for electrical engineering designers, operations and maintenance engineers and technicians.



About the Author.

Estimation of Plant Electrical Load.

Gas Turbine Driven Generators.

Synchronous Generators and Motors.

Automatic Voltage Regulation.

Induction Motors.


Switchgear and Motor Control Centres.


Cables, Wires and Cable Installation Practices.

Hazardous Area Classification and the Selection of Equipment.

Fault Calculations and Stability Studies.

Protective Relay Coordination.

Earthing and Screening.

Variable Speed Electrical Drivers.

Harmonic Voltages and Currents.

Computer Based Power Management Systems.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies.

Miscellaneous Subjects.

Preparing Equipment Specifications.

Summary of the Generalised Theory of Electrical Machines as Applied to Synchronous Generators and Induction Motors.

Appendix A: Abbreviations Commonly used in Electrical Documents.

Appendix B: A List of Standards Often Used for Designing Electrical Systems and for Specifying Equi pment.

Appendix C: Numbering System for Protective Devices, Control and Indication Devices for Power Systems.

Appendix D: Under-Frequency and Over-Temperature Protection of Gas-Turbine Driven Generators.

Appendix E: List of Document Types to be Produced During a Project.

Appendix F: Worked Example for Calculating the Performance of a Gas Turbine.

Appendix G: Worked Example for the Calculation of Volt-drop in a Circuit Containing an Induction Motor.

Appendix H: Worked Example for the Calculation of Earthing Current and Electric Shock Hazard Potential Difference in a Rod and Grid  Earthing System.

Appendix I: Conversion Factors for SI System of Units.


" excellent reference...with many worked out examples and loads of practical real world calculations, this well laid out book would be an invaluable guide for new power system engineers...and also provide experienced engineers a way to check their designs or find out about other areas." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, January/February 2004)