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Electricity

Fundamentals for the Water and Wastewater Maintenance Operator, 1st Edition

By Frank R. Spellman, Joanne Drinan

CRC Press

269 pages

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Electricity offers a complete introduction to the nature of electricity for those who want to know more about electricity but do not find the time to struggle through complicated handbooks. It explains what electricity and magnetism are, how batteries work, the difference between DC- and AC-fields, what conductors, inductance and capacitance are, and many other things. The text provides examples of practical electrical applications and includes checkpoints, self-tests, and a final examination with questions based on actual operator certification exams. Each chapter is illustrated by comprehensive figures, and particularly important key points are stressed where necessary.

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"It is written for those who want to know more about electricity but do not find the time or the courage to struggle through complicated handbooks. It is made for those who routinely use very sophisticated electrical devices without really knowing what they are doing. And knowing what you are doing, how things work, certainly contributes to better performances at work and to one's wellbeing… This book explains in simple words what electricity and magnetism are, how batteries work, what's the difference between DC- and AC-fields, what conductors, inductance and capacitance are, and many other things. It also gives examples of practical electrical applications and provides at the end of each chapter the opportunity to test one's acquired knowledge by a number of self-tests. Each chapter is illustrated by comprehensive figures, and particularly important key points are stressed where necessary without overwhelming the reader with too much data and overloaded pages… I really appreciated this book and I am pretty sure that many students and professionals will find a lot of benefit in reading it."

- International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 15, No. 6, 2001

Table of Contents

ELECTRICITY: WHAT IS IT?

oIntroduction

oNature of Electricity

oThe Structure of Matter

oConductors, Semiconductors, and Insulators

oStatic Electricity

oMagnetism

oDifference in Potential

oElectric Current

oResistance

oSelf-Test

BATTERY SUPPLIED ELECTRICITY

oIntroduction

oThe Voltaic Cell

oBattery Types of Batteries

oBattery Characteristics

oSelf-Test

D-C CIRCUITS

oIntroduction

oThe Simple Electric Circuit

oOhm's Law

oElectric Power

oElectric Energy

oSeries D-C Circuit Characteristics

oParallel D-C Circuits

oSeries-Parallel Circuits

oSelf-Test

CONDUCTORS

oIntroduction

oUnit Size of Conductors

oResistivity

oWire Measurement

oFactors Governing the Selection of Wire Size

oTemperature Coefficient

oConductor Insulation

oConductor Splices and Terminal Connections

oSoldering Operations

oSolderless Connectors

oInsulation Tape

oSelf-Test

ELECTROMAGNETISM

oIntroduction

oMagnetic Field around a Single Conductor

oMagnetic Field of a Coil

oMagnetic Units

oProperties of Magnetic Materials

oElectromagnets

oSelf-Test

A-C THEORY

oIntroduction

oBasic A-C Generator

oCharacteristic Values of A-C Voltage and Current

oResistance in A-C Circuits

oSelf-Test

INDUCTANCE

oIntroduction

oInductance: What Is It?

oUnit of Inductance

oSelf-Inductance

oMutual Inductance

oCalculation of Total Inductance

oSelf-Test

CAPACITANCE

oIntroduction

oCapacitance: What Is It?

oThe Capacitor

oDielectric Materials

oUnit of Capacitance

oFactors Affecting the Value of Capacitance

oVoltage Rating of Capacitors

oCharge and Discharge of a RC Series Circuit

oRC Time Constant

oCapacitors in Series and Parallel

oTypes of Capacitors

oSelf-Test

CAPACITIVE AND INDUCTIVE REACTANCE

oIntroduction

oInductive Reactance

oCapacitive Reactance

oPhase Relationship R, L, and C Circuits

oImpedance

oPower in Reactive Circuits

oSelf-Test

A-C CIRCUIT THEORY

oIntroduction

oSeries RLC Circuits

oParallel RLC Circuits

oPower in A-C Circuits

oSelf-Test

PRACTICAL ELECTRICAL APPLICATIONS

oIntroduction

oElectrical Power Generation

oMotors

oTransformers

oPower Distribution System Protection

oSelf-Test

Final Review Examination

Appendix A

Appendix B: Answers to Chapter 12-Final Review Examination

Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply