Power Quality Study of Carnegie Mellon University."
Carnegie Mellon University is a highly digitized university that has
advanced research laboratories and sophisticated research and development
operations. It is therefore useful to determine the nature and magnitude of
power outages that a premier research institution like Carnegie Mellon faces,
and the causes of these outages to mitigate future losses. Another objective
of this study is to calibrate survey-based studies. The study advances the
literature on existing survey-based studies and find that the perceptions of
administrators pertaining to power quality losses are overstated. Based on
power quality measurements, we affirm the hypothesis that Carnegie Mellon has
a relatively stable power system with no serious disability. However, we find
that costs of power outages pertaining to staff, students and faculty in
certain departments to be significantly high and propose a set of remedial
recommendations. The study also provide a range estimate of $5 million to $15
million for the total annual losses accruing to Carnegie Mellon.
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