Design Practices in Harmonic Analysis Studies Applied to Industrial Electrical Power Systems

  • S. F. Mekhamer Electrical Power & Machines Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • A. Y. Abdelaziz Electrical Power & Machines Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • S. M. Ismael Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries, ENPPI, Cairo, Egypt
Keywords: Harmonic analysis study, distortion, point of common coupling (PCC), variable frequency drives (VFDs), resonance


Power system harmonics may cause several problems, such as malfunctions of electrical equipment, premature equipment failures and plant shutdowns. Accordingly, mitigation of these harmonics is considered an important target especially for industrial applications where any short downtime period may lead to great economic losses. Harmonic analysis studies are necessary to analyze the current and voltage harmonic levels and check if these levels comply with the contractual or international standard limits. If the studies reveal that the preset limits are exceeded, then a suitable harmonic mitigation technique should be installed. Harmonic analysis studies in the industrial electrical systems are discussed in many references. However, a comprehensive procedure for the steps required to perform a harmonic study is rarely found in the literature even though it is strongly needed for design engineers. This paper provides a comprehensive procedure for the steps required to perform a harmonic study in the form of a flowchart, based on industrial research and experience. Hence, this paper may be considered as a helpful guide for design engineers and consultants of the industrial sector.


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