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National Electric Energy Testing, Research & Applications Center
About NEETRAC
Finding Solutions Through Collaboration

Welcome to NEETRAC!  We are a self supporting, membership based center within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Our center is uniquely positioned to provide a wide array of analytical, engineering, research and testing services to help improve electric grid reliability and efficiency. We have extensive electrical and mechanical research and testing facilities located just south of Atlanta, near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. We also offer high power testing services through our partnership with the S&C Electric High Power Testing Laboratory in ..............more ...

CAPABILITIES

Electrical

  • Lightning impulse (2.2 MV)
  • High voltage AC (1 MV)
  • High voltage DC (1 MV)
  • High power (to 100 kA, to 230 kV)
  • High current (6 kA)
  • Tracking

Mechanical/Environmental

  • Vibration (conductor span and platform shaker)
  • Tensile (150,000 lb.)
  • Compression (60,000 lb.)
  • Salt Fog
  • Ultraviolet light/condensation
  • Conductor creep

Hardware/Equipment Evaluation

  • Underground Cable and Cable Accessories
  • Cable Pulling
  • Wood/Concrete Pole Strength
  • Line Hardware
  • Overhead Conductor
  • Connectors
  • Dampers (single line and spacer)
  • Switches
  • Transformers
  • Component Engineering Analysis
  • Component Design

Assessment

  • Component failure analysis all types
  • Safety incident evaluation
  • Reliability studies
  • Grounding grid designs/safety
  • Exposure voltage studies
  • New product evaluation
  • Evaluate unique product applications
  • Component design
  • Design of experiments
  • System protection
  • System operation studies (example: Volt/VAR optimization)

MEMBERSHIP

We are funded by 40 electric utilities and companies that provide products and services to utilities. Both collaborative and proprietary projects are performed for the Membership. For more information, click here.

Impulse Generator

TEST PROGRAMS

NEETRAC is ready to work with our Members and non members to perform test programs according to industry standards, or we can develop customized programs to assess specific equipment system performance characteristics.

NEETRAC works with utilities and manufacturers to improve electric grid reliability and efficiency and to enable the integration of renewable energy sources.

Forensics - Cable Failure Analysis

PERSONNEL AND EXPERIENCE

Our engineers and technicians have many years of experience conducting goal-oriented research and testing projects for the electric power industry.

We know how electric power systems work. Each day we work with electric utilities and their suppliers to solve problems related to the transmission, distribution and utilization of electric energy.

Our staff is actively involved in industry committees (ASTM, IEEE, ANSI, AEIC and others) that write many of the standards and specifications used to evaluate electric utility products. This involvement helps us stay up to date with industry trends, new products, and the experiences of others.

S&C High Power Laboratory in Chicago, IL
(Two 850 MVA Short-Circuit Generators)

Services

  • Failure Analysis
  • Material Evaluation
  • System Analysis
  • Grounding Design
  • Stray Voltage Mitigation
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Qualification Testing
  • Asset Data Analysis
NEETRAC Campus in Forest Park

Last revised on November 29, 2011