This training simulator is designed to demonstrate the principles of
electrical power generation that, until now, have been taught using only
classroom discussion or paper-based learning. The Electrical Generation
Fundamentals Trainer depicts the relationships that an operator must master
in order to confidently operate modern generating equipment. Practice in
paralleling machines of various sizes is easily accomplished without using
actual equipment or more expensive full-scale simulators.
A gas plasma display is used to dynamically represent the abstract concepts
of electrical generation. A synchroscope display and a phase angle display
represent the phase difference between running and incoming sources. A graphic
representation of how load is shared by two machines of different sizes
is shown using a generator characteristics curve. The relationship between
real load and reactive load is displayed using meters and by a pictorial
diagram of the power triangle on the gas plasma display.
A variety of inductive, resistive, and capacitive loads can be turned
on and off, reinforcing the effects of reactive load and how power factor
can change. The trainer easily supports instructor demonstration, student
practical exercises, and self-study programs.