May 2016 Technical Meeting

May 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
1330 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2B4
Kang Liu


Basics of Geomagnetically Induced Current and Effects on Power Transformers


May 17, 2016 at 12:00 noon.


Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg


Dan Boyd

Presentation abstract:

The impact of Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) on the operation of the power grid and power apparatus, especially transformers, is in recent years of increasing interest. This presentation will address fundamentals of geomagnetic disturbance, generation of GICs, and their impact on in-service power transformers. Further areas of discussion will include how various transformer constructions impact their vulnerability to this phenomena, and a brief touch on how the industry has moved to address GICs.

Speaker Biography:

Dan Boyd received his B. Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada in 2006. Dan has worked in the transformer industry for 10 years and currently operates in the role of Product Sales Manager for PTI Manitoba Inc. He has worn a number of hats including Control System Designer, Transformer Designer, and Quotation Design Group Leader. During this time he has developed transformer designs up to 500kV class and 650MVA for a variety of applications including GSU, power, autotransformers, mobile substations, static VAR applications, and others. He has also been involved in research in the area of Geomagnetically Induced Currents and their effects on transformers.

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