College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Majid Poshtan


Facing a rapidly-changing power industry, the electrical engineering department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo proposed Advanced Power Systems Initiatives to better prepare its students for entering the power industry. These initiatives call for the creation of a new laboratory curriculum that utilizes microprocessor-based relays to reinforce the fundamental concepts of power system protection.

The electric power protection laboratory (EPPL) senior project is the validation of lab manuals written for the planned EE-518 power system protections laboratory looking to be offered in Spring 2020 alongside the current lecture class under the same designation. This report evaluates the lab manual, verifies SEL relay settings, updates experiment requirements and resources, and provides feedback on improving the coursework. The microgrid integrates photovoltaics, real time simulation, and power system protection devices ensuring the future EE 518 laboratory will provide hands-on experience with power system components and operation. The experiments expose students to the capabilities of industry-standard microprocessor-based relays through hands-on procedures that demonstrate common power system protection schemes. Relays studied in this project support transformer, transmission line, and induction motor protection.

This senior project and the Cal Poly microgrid project as a whole was created as an initiative by the power engineering faculty and electrical engineering department to provide additional lab course for students concentrating in power engineering.