Robert J Harrington

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Professor and Fellow of IEEE
SEH 6615 | Office hours: By appointment
[email protected]


Professor Harrington conducts research in electrical power systems: transient stability, lightning and switching transients, and system stability during high penetration of wind and solar generation.


  • B.Eng., University of Liverpool, 1962
  • Ph.D., University of Liverpool, 1967
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electric power and energy
  • Signal and image processing, systems and controls
  • with F. Bassiouny: " New Approach to Determine the Critical Capacitance for Self-Excited Induction Generators" . IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 13, Number 3, September 1998, pp. 244-249.
  • with M. Mueen: " A Simple Approach to Improve Lightning Performance of an Up-rated Substation" , IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol. 11, Number 3, July1996, pp.1633-1639
  • with D. Arjona & R. Lay: " Artificial Intelligence Applied to the Operation of Electrical Power Systems: Security, Environmental, Policy and Economic Assessments" Sian-ka'am, 1st Joint Mexico-us International Workshop on Neural Networks & Neural Control, Sept 1995, Playa Bel Carmen, QR, Mexico
  • with M. Agudo & R. Lay: "Artificial Neural Network Approach to On-Line Power System Security Assessment"
  • Universities Power Engineering Conference, Galway, Ireland, September 1994
  • with M. Agudo, R. Lay and M. Delurey: " Application of Artificial Neural Networks Techniques in On-Line Assessment Problems of Electric Power Systems" , 29th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, Monterey, California, August 1994
  • with A. Kocic and M. Niazi: " Planning for the Reliable Operation of a Power System (Developing Countries Perspective)" , American Electric Power Conference, Chicago April 1994
  • with I. El-Mohr: " Transient Response of Interconnected Power Systems to Single Line-to-Ground Faults" , 36th Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, August 1993
  • " A One-Line Approach as an Educational Introduction to the Use of the EMTP" ,
  • EMTP Tech Notes, July 1993
  • " Training Utility Personnel in the Use of the ElectroMagnetics Transients Program (EMTP)" , Conference Internationale des Grands Reseaux Electriques a Haute Tension, Paper Number LUC 2-08, September 1998
  • with W.D. Jackson, G. Seikel & O. Mazzoni: " Transient Modeling & Analysis of MHD Plants" , 29th Symposium on the Engineering Aspects of MHD, New Orleans, July 1991
  • with I. El-Mohr: " Transient Response of Induction Motor Plant to Unbalanced Faults" , International Conference on Evolution and Modern Aspects of Induction Machines, Turin, July 1986.
  • with S.A. Gawish: " A Digital Computer Transient Model of a Three-Phase Naturally-Commutated Inverter Including Line and Inverter Faults" , Proceedings IEEE/IAS, Toronto, Oct. 1985, pp. 1203-1212.
  • with S.A. Gawish: " A Digital Computer Model of Three-Phase Rectifier/Inverter Systems for Transient Studies" , First European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, Brussels, Oct. 1985, pp. 285-290.
  • with S.A. Rowihal: " Accurate Simulation of the Starting of Synchronous Motors Fed from Voltage Source Inverters" , Conference on Applied Motion Control, Minneapolis, June 1985.
  • with M. El-Faham: " Proposed Methods to Reduce Transient Sheath Voltage Rise in Gas-Insulated Substations" , IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, PAS-104, May 1985, pp. 1199-1206.
  • with M. El-Faham: " Further Options for Reducing Transient Sheath Voltage Rise in Gas-Insulated Substations" , IEEE Summer Meeting, Seattle, July 1984.
  • with M. Afghahi: " Effect of Corona on Surges on Polyphase Transmission Lines" , IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus & Systems, PAS-102, July 1983, pp. 2294-2299.
  • with M. Afghahi: " Charge Model for Studying Corona During Surges on Overhead Transmission Lines" , Proc. IEE(GB) Vol. 130, Part C, January 1983, pp. 16-21.
  • with M. Afghahi: " Implementation of Computer Model to Include the Effects of Corona in Transient Overvoltage Calculations" , IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus & Systems, PAS-102, April 1983, pp. 902-910.
  • " Transient Performance of Induction Motors With Multi-section Shafts" , Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Power Engineering Society, Summer Meeting 1979, Paper A79 493-5.
  • with A. McDonald & J.L. Dineley: " Torsional Vibrations in Turbo-generators During Large Scale Disturbances Under Fast Valving Control" , Proceedings of ASME and IEEE Joint Power Generation Conf., Dallas, 1978.
  • with A. McDonald & J.L. Dineley: " Fast Valving Applied to Synchronous Machines" , Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting, New York, 1978, Paper A78 194-2.
  • with M. Abedi: " Variable Parameter Induction Motor Model for Power System Analysis" , Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Engineering Society Winter Meeting, New York, 1977, Paper A77 147-2.
  • with A. Chryssafis: " Field Enhanced Trapping and Surface Effects on Monolithic Planar GaAs Gun Diodes" , Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, Transactions on Electron Devices. Vol. ED-23, April 1976, pp. 426-428.
  • with A. Chryssafis: " A Proposed Numerical Solution for the Diffusion Equation" , I J E, Vol. 38, 1975, pp. 465
  • Fellow IEEE and Fellow IET(UK)