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Faculty Profile - Thomas C. Champion


Research Engineer
National Electric Energy Research, Testing & Applications Center

Mailing Address:
5351 Kennedy Road
Forest Park, GA 30297
Phone: 404.675.1867
Fax: 404.675.1885


Mr. Champion is currently a Research Engineer II at Georgia Tech's National Electric Energy Research Testing and Applications Center (NEETRAC). He spent the first 25 years of his career working for Georgia Power Company in various capacities, starting as a cooperative education student working in power generation, substation operations, distribution, and division operations. In 1977 he assumed a full time position with Georgia Power in Distribution Operations in Macon, GA, transferring to the Georgia Power Research Center in 1979 to investigate quality control issues with new cable installations at Plant Scherer, which was under construction. While at the Research Center, Mr. Champion performed a wide range of activities in general research, material quality studies, and failure analysis investigations on the materials and equipment used by the electric utility industry. Activities were focused primarily at transmission and distribution voltage levels, including project management, budgeting, and engineering design. In 1996, he transferred to Georgia Tech, becoming part of the newly formed NEETRAC, a n electric energy focused research and testing consortium that has grown to include over 3 5 electric utilit y and manufactur ing members .

Mr. Champion is the principal forensics engineer at NEETRAC and serves as a consultant on a variety of projects dealing with materials aging, failure mechanisms, and improvement of product designs. His experience in root cause analysis of failures extends from simple components such as a wire wound resistor to the complexities of 345kV power cable terminations. Areas of current interest include polymer cutouts, metal oxide surge arresters, wildlife deterrents, contamination issues with distribution components, power capacitors failure mechanisms, wind farms collector system problems, and performance issues with all types of wiring connectors. He enjoys the challenge of solving engineering puzzles and mentoring others on forensics and problem solving. He has serve d in several leadership roles and advisory positions in industry technical organizations related to his fields of interest .

Mr. Champion obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE) degree from Georgia Tech.

Research Interests

  • High Voltage Cable Accessories
  • Surge Protective Devices
  • Cable System Diagnostics
  • Ampacity Studies
  • Weatherability of Polymeric Insulation Materials
  • Cable System Installation Techniques

Distinctions & Patents

  • Vice-chair / Treasurer Elect of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE
  • Voting Member, IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC)
  • Past Chairman, ICC Subcommittee B7 on Suggested Revisions to IEEE 386; Past Chairman, ICC Subcommittee B12 on Guide for Analyzing Joint, Termination, and Cable Failures; and Past Chairman of ICC Subcommittee B on Cable Accessories
  • Vice-chairman of IEEE ICC Working Group C2, Guide for Bonding High Voltage Cable Sheaths on Cable Accessories
  • Member, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Working Group C119 on Connectors

Selected Publications

  • Champion, T. C., Brown, Z., "Evaluation of Field Diagnostic Techniques for Transmission Cable Accessories," Final Report, TR-112676, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, October, 1999.
  • Champion, T. C., "Cable Pushing and Calculation of Pulling Tensions for Distribution and Transmission Cables," Final Report, EL-3333, Vol. 1 & 2, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA, March, 1996.
  • Champion, T. C., "An Overview of Failure Analysis," Proceedings of the IEEE Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, IEEE, Paper Accompanying Training Session, Los Angeles, CA, no. TR-05, September, 1996.
  • Champion, T. C., Agostinelli, F. M., Rosevear, R. D., "Long Term Pre-Qualification Testing Program on a 230 kV XLPE Cable System," Proceedings of the IEEE 1994 Transmission and Distribution Conference, IEEE, Chicago, IL, no. 0-7809-1883-8, pp. 200-207, April 10-15, 1994.
  • Champion, T. C., "Evaluation of Alternative Cable Cleaning Solvents: Criteria and Test Methods at Georgia Power," Proceedings of the IEEE 1994 Transmission and Distribution Conference, IEEE, Paper Accompanying Panel Discussion #22, April 10-15, 1994, Chicago, IL.
  • Champion, T. C., Hartlein, R. A., "Performance Characteristics of 200 Ampere Separable Connector Systems," Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Annual Power Distribution Conference, the University of Texas at Austin, October 12-13, 1985.
  • Champion, T. C., “Impact of Revised IEEE 404 Cable Accessory Standard on Users and Manufacturers”, Paper Accompanying Panel Session #PN14, Proceedings of the IEEE Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, September 18, 1996, Los Angeles, CA.

Last revised on October 11, 2011