Standard: IEEE 1159


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This recommended practice encompasses the monitoring of electrical characteristics of single-phase and polyphase ac power systems. It includes consistent descriptions of conducted electromagnetic phenomena occurring on power systems. This recommended practice presents definitions of nominal conditions and deviations from these nominal conditions that may originate within the source of supply or load equipment or may originate from interactions between the source and the load. Also, this recommended practice discusses measurement techniques, application techniques, and the interpretation of monitoring results.


The use of equipment that causes and is susceptible to various electromagnetic phenomena has heightened the interest in power quality. An increase in operational problems has led to a variety of attempts to describe the phenomena. Because different segments of the technical community have used different terminologies to describe these electromagnetic events, this recommended practice provides users with a consistent set of terms and definitions for describing these events. An understanding of how power quality events impact the power system and end-use equipment is required in order to make monitoring useful. Proper measuring techniques are required to safely obtain useful, accurate data. Appropriate location of monitors, systematic studies, and interpretation of results will enhance the value of power quality monitoring. The purpose of this recommended practice is to assist users as well as equipment and software manufacturers and vendors by describing techniques for defining, measuring, quantifying, and interpreting electromagnetic disturbances on the power system.

Organization: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Document Number: ieee 1159
Publish Date: 2009-03-18
Page Count: 91
Available Languages: EN
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: NO
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: YES
Status: Active

Document History

Document # Change Type Update Date Revision Status
IEEE 1159 Change Type: REAF Update Date: 1995-06-14 Revision: 95 Status: INAC
IEEE 1159 Change Type: Update Date: 1995-01-01 Revision: 95 Status: INAC
IEEE 1159 Change Type: Revision: 6A Status: INAC