Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 9-15: Data center design, optimizing genset sizing, VFD and motor strategies, more

Articles about optimizing genset sizing, standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities, pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs, increasing transformer efficiency, and key findings from the 2014 electrical, power study were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 16, 2015

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 9-15, covered optimizing genset sizing, standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities, pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs, increasing transformer efficiency, and key findings from the 2014 electrical, power study. Link to each article below.

1. Optimizing genset sizing

When designing generator systems, consulting engineers must ensure that the generators and the building electrical systems they support are appropriate for the specific application. 

2. Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities

System designers must interpret the requirements of NFPA 110, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations. 

3. Common pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs

Ten common issues that can affect functionality of motors and variable frequency drive (VFD) specification. 

4. Increasing transformer efficiency

Transformers are fundamental components in electrical distribution systems for commercial buildings. 

5. 2014 Electrical, Power Study: Seven key findings

According to the data in this report, inadequate budgets and keeping up with frequent codes and standards updates for electrical and power systems design are continuous challenges that aren’t expected to change anytime soon. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on csemag.com, March 9-15, for articles published within the last two months.

– Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.