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Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician

Book Description

Basic Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician will reinforce the fundamentals of electricity, power distribution, safety, and show you the latest technology on things like:
* IGBTs
* sine-wave dimming
* all of the latest software applications (list to come)

In the ever-changing entertainment technology field, this book will give you enough information to prepare you for a future in the industry or reinforce the practical experience you have already gained. If you understand the principles in this book, you will be well prepared to face the challenges of the day, including the Entertainment Technicians Certification Program (ETCP).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
    1. What Is an Entertainment Electrician?
    2. Technology Moves On
    3. Keeping Up with Technology
    4. Overview
    5. Electricity Kills, But It Doesn’t Have To
  10. Chapter 1: The Theory of Electricity
    1. What Is Electricity?
    2. Electrons in Motion
    3. The Atom
    4. Subatomic Particles
    5. Electrostatic Charges
    6. Electronic Drift
    7. Conductive Properties of Materials
    8. Current Convention
    9. Summary
    10. Understanding Electricity
  11. Chapter 2: Electrical Concepts
    1. Pulling Back the Veil of Mystery
    2. Voltage
    3. Current
    4. Resistance
    5. Power
    6. Energy
    7. SI Units of Measure: Amperes, Volts, Ohms, Siemens, Joules, Watts
      1. The Ampere
      2. The Volt
      3. The Ohm
      4. The Siemens
      5. The Joule
      6. The Watt
    8. Conservation of Energy
    9. Understanding Electrical Concepts
  12. Chapter 3: DC Electricity
    1. The DC Circuit
    2. Ohm’s Law
    3. DC Power
    4. Understanding DC Electricity
  13. Chapter 4: AC Electricity
    1. Magnetism
    2. Electromagnetism
    3. Magnetic Induction
    4. Faraday’s Law of Induction
    5. Fleming’s Right-Hand Rule
    6. The AC Generator
    7. Exercise Your Knowledge of Sinewaves
    8. Frequency
    9. The Sinewave
    10. RMS Value
    11. True RMS Meters
    12. Understanding AC Electricity
  14. Chapter 5: Circuit Elements
    1. Series Resistance
    2. Parallel Resistance
    3. Series/Parallel Resistance
    4. Real-World Resistance
    5. Impedance
    6. Reactance
    7. Inductors
    8. Capacitors
    9. Phase Angles
    10. Complex Impedance
    11. Transformers
    12. Understanding Circuit Elements
  15. Chapter 6: AC Power
    1. AC Power Formula
    2. Power Factor
    3. Power Factor Correction
    4. Complex Power
    5. Three-Phase Power
    6. Three-Phase Power Calculations
    7. Understanding AC Power
  16. Chapter 7: Electrical Safety
    1. Electric Shock
    2. Effects of Electrical Current
    3. Arc Flash and Arc Blast
    4. Lockout/Tagout
    5. Drugs and Alcohol
    6. Understanding Electrical Safety
  17. Chapter 8: Grounding/Earthing
    1. The Complete Circuit
    2. Earthing/Grounding
    3. Zero-Volt Reference
    4. Voltage Stability
    5. Safety Grounding
    6. Grounded Versus Grounding Versus Bonding
    7. Uni-Grounding Versus Multi-Grounding
    8. Ground Loops
    9. Balanced Power Systems
    10. Technical Earth/Technical Ground
    11. Understanding Grounding Concepts
  18. Chapter 9: Overcurrent and Undercurrent Protection
    1. Fuses
    2. Circuit Breakers
    3. Circuit Breaker Ratings
    4. Residual Current Devices
    5. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
    6. Class A GFCIs
    7. Understanding Overcurrent and Undercurrent Protection
  19. Chapter 10: Power Distribution Systems
    1. Three-Phase Four-Wire Plus Ground Wye or Star
    2. Three-Phase Four-Wire Delta (High Leg Delta)
    3. Single-Phase Three-Wire Earthed Midpoint
    4. Single-Phase Three-Wire Earthed End of Phase
    5. Color Codes
    6. Balancing Three-Phase Loads
    7. Understanding Power Distribution Systems
  20. Chapter 11: Dimming Systems
    1. Phase-Control Dimming
    2. Reverse Phase-Control Dimming
    3. Third-Order Harmonics
    4. Sinewave Dimming
    5. Feeder Transformers for Non-Linear Loads
    6. K-Rated Transformers
    7. Harmonic Mitigating Transformers
    8. Harmonic Suppression Systems
    9. Understanding Dimming Systems
  21. Chapter 12: Best Practices, Codes, and Regulations
    1. Tying In
    2. Single-Core Conductors, Feeder Cable, and Tails
    3. Single-Pole Connectors
    4. Neutral Conductor Sizing
    5. Portable Power Distribution Systems
    6. Branch Circuits or Final Circuits
    7. Breakouts or Spiders
    8. Stage Pin Connectors
    9. NEMA Connectors
    10. PowerCon
    11. 15-Amp Plugs
    12. CEE-Form Connectors
    13. IEC Connectors
    14. Schuko Connectors
    15. Understanding Best Practices, Codes, and Regulations
  22. Epilogue
  23. Appendix 1: Useful Formulas
  24. Appendix 2: Conversion Factors
  25. Appendix 3: Energy Conversion Factors
  26. Appendix 4: Scientific, Exponential, and Engineering Notation
  27. Appendix 5: Answers to Practice Problems
  28. References
  29. Index