Webinar: Arc Flash Hazard and Electrical Safety

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Arc Flash Hazard and Electrical Safety

Introduction to the IEEE Std. 1584-2018: Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations

Presented by Wei-Jen Lee, Ph.D., PE

Director and Professor

Energy Systems Research Center

University of Texas at Arlington

June 13 2023, 10 AM ET/ 4 PM CET


Though electrical incidents represent a relatively small percentage of all work-related incidents; they are disproportionately fatal. In the case of burn injury, it may result in extended hospitalization and rehabilitation. Proper protection is the key to reducing casualties during these incidents. IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E are developed to protect the safety of the workers.

For better understanding of the arc flash phenomena, the IEEE and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) have joined forces on an initiative to fund and support research and testing to improve the understanding of arc flashes. The results of this collaborative project will provide information that will be used to improve electrical safety standards, predict the hazards associated with arcing faults and accompanying arc blasts, and provide practical safeguards for employees in the workplace. The identified areas include but are not limited to 1) Heat and Thermal Effects, 2) Blast Pressure, 3) Sound, and 4) Light intensity.

This presentation will cover the heat and thermal related arc flash hazards. It will include the basic understanding of the arc flash, performing the arcing current and incident energy estimation, and brief introduction to newly released IEEE Std. 1584–2018, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations.

Biography: Professor Lee received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center.

He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, 1584.1, 1584.2 3002.8, and 3002.9 development. He is the chair of IEEE TAB (Technical Activity Board) Climate Change Program, co-chair of IEEE Sustainable Development Ad Hoc Committee, member of IEEE Ad Hoc Committee to Coordinate IEEE’s Response to Climate Change (CCIRCC), member of IEEE TAB Hall of Honor, and the chair of IEEE Smart Grid Program.

Prof. Lee has been involved in research on Utility Deregulation, Renewable Energy, Arc Flash Hazards and Electrical Safety, Smart Grid, MicroGrid, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Virtual Power Plants (VPP), AI for Load, Price, and Wind Capacity Forecasting, Power Quality, Distribution Automation, Demand Response, Power Systems Analysis, Short Circuit Analysis and Relay Coordination, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Storage System, PEV Charging Infrastructure Design, AMI and Big Data, On Line Real Time Equipment Diagnostic and Prognostic System, and Microcomputer Based Instrument for Power Systems Monitoring, Measurement, Control, and Protection.

He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects. He has published more than two hundred and ten journal papers and three hundred and ten conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has referred to numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations.

Prof. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE, member of National Academy of Inventors, and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Register link: https://ieeemeetings.webex.com/weblink/register/r0fdcb8082d70bd835759aaceb991f5bf