6 Equipment Inspection, Testing, and Diagnostics


This chapter provides a summary of the basic methods with which an electric distribution utility can better judge the condition of its equipment: inspection, testing, and diagnostics. It is not meant to provide comprehensive coverage of electrical equipment testing methods and how to apply them: that would fill more than one book. This chapter is intended to review the scope of the field and to make points and provide a perspective on inspection, testing and diagnostics as part of aging power delivery infrastructure management programs.

This chapters begins with an overview of inspection and testing and their goals, in Section 6.2. The various types of tests and diagnostics applied ...

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