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Course Description: The workshops will consist of technical sessions, demonstrations, and real world applications associated with today's cutting edge technology related to fields of reliability and maintainability.  This workshop offers a hands-on approach of blended tools and technologies to help participants advance their R&M resources for preventing unnecessary failures, analyze and troubleshoot unforeseen problems.  Topics selected were identified as providing key opportunities for factory and facility improvements as related to better reliability and maintainability.

Dates: September 12-15, 2016

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LabVIEW Core 1 & LabVIEW Real Time 1

Instructor: National Instruments

Dates: August 11-15, 2014

Location: Min H. Kao Building - UT Campus; Knoxville, TN

Course Description (provided by National Instruments): The first step in any NI LabVIEW learning path, LabVIEW Core 1 gives you the chance to explore the LabVIEW environment, dataflow programming, and common LabVIEW development techniques in a hands-on format. Learn to develop data acquisition, instrument control, data-logging, and measurement analysis applications.  At the end of the course you will be able to create applications using the state machine design pattern to acquire, process, display, and store real-world data.


  • CURENT Industry Members: $1,600.00
  • Non-Members: $3,110.00
  • Students: $598.00


Introduction to Phasor Measurement Units & Applications

Instructor: Dr. Joe Chow; Dean, Thrust Leader; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Date: April 8, 2014

Course Description: The U.S. Department of Energy and utility companies have recently partnered to install many phasor measurement units (PMUs) to capture dynamic measurements. These PMUs, synchronized by a timing signal from the GPS system, provide unprecedented visibility and enhance the reliability of the power grid.

This PMU short course provides an overview of many aspects of synchrophasor data, from data collection to data application. The course is useful for engineers and system operators to more fully grasp the design and operation of a synchrophasor network. A list of topics covered in the short course is listed below.

The short courses materials are based on standards, recent results, and studies performed by the presenter and other researchers.

Course Topics Include:

  • Phasors
  • Historical perspectives
  • Phasor computation in a Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU)
  • PMU performance specifications – C37.118.1
  • Phasor data concentration – C37.118.2
  • Communication networks and cyber security
  • Latency analysis
  • PMU placement
  • Disturbance triggering
  • Disturbance signatures
  • Combined spatial-temporal analysis of PMU data
  • State estimation
  • Modal analysis – transient and ambient data
  • Power transfer paths and oscillation propagation
  • Voltage stability monitoring
  • Wide-area phasor networks
  • UTK visualization facility