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Aging Power Delivery Infrastructures, 2nd Edition by Randall R. Schrieber, H. Lee Willis

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7 Aging Equipment and Its Impacts

7.1 INTRODUCTION

Aging equipment is undoubtedly the primary cause and effect associated in most people’s minds with the term “Aging Infrastructure.” And while there are other significant factors involved as were summarized in Chapter 1, there is no doubt that aging infrastructures present an incredible challenge largely due to the effects of aging equipment. Aging equipment has high failure rates and requires, proportionally, more inspection and maintenance cost. Often parts and service equipment are hard to come by (and expensive).

This chapter looks at equipment aging – what it is, how it impacts the various types of equipment, and how those changes affect the reliability and economy of a power system’s operation. ...

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