Janak Acharya


Education

Mr. Acharya received his B.Sc. degree (2002) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and the M.Sc. degree (2005) from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, both in Electrical Engineering. He has received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Research projects

  • Stray voltage associated with multi-grounded feeders
  • Grounding of aerial-lift vehicles working under live power lines
  • Ground potential rise of under-built transmission and distribution systems
  • Voltage unbalance characteristics of the feeders with multi-grounded neutral
  • Effect of multi-grounded neutral on telephone interference


Awards

Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, Canada.

JRR Publication Award For the paper “Failure Bunching Phenomena in Electric Power Transmission Systems”, Journal of Risk and Reliability.

Provost Doctoral Entrance Scholarship
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, Canada.

Intelligent Student Scholarship
Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Interfaculty Student Award
Prithvi Narayan Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.


Publications

Journal Papers

[1] J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Ground Potential Rise of Multi-grounded Neutral and Shield Wires in Joint Systems”, Electric Power Systems Research”, 2010, In press.

[2] Y. Wang, J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Shielding Effect of Multi-grounded Neutral Wire on Power Line Induced Voltages”, European Transaction of Electric Power, Accepted.

[3] J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Temporary Overvoltage and GPR Characteristics of Distribution Feeders with Multi-grounded Neutral”, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol. 25, No. 2, April 2010.

[4] J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Characteristics of Voltage Imbalance And Neutral Current and Voltage Distributions In Multi-Grounded Systems,” Journal of Power Systems and Energy, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2009.

[5] R. Billinton and J. Acharya, “Weather-Based Distribution System Reliability Evaluation,” IEE Proc. of Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Vol. 153, No. 5, September 2006, pp 499-506.

[6] R. Billinton, G. Singh and J. Acharya, “Failure Bunching Phenomena in Electrical Power Transmission Systems,” Journal of Risk and Reliability, Vol. 220, No.1, 2006, pp 1-7 (Received Publication Award).

IEEE Letters

[1] J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Voltage Swell Characteristics in Multi-grounded Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2007, pp. 1259-1260.

[2] R. Billinton and J. Acharya, “Major Event Day Segmentation,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 21, No. 3, August 2006, pp. 1463-1464.

Conferences

[1] J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Ground Potential Rise of Multi-grounded Neutral and Shield Wires in Joint Systems”, IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, USA, April 2010 (Poster).

[2] J. Acharya and W. Xu, “Ground Potential Rise Characteristics of Multi-grounded Neutral Distribution Lines”, IEEE PES General Meeting, Calgary, July 2009 (Poster).

[3] A. B. Nassif and J. Acharya, “An Investigation on the Harmonic Attenuation Effects of Modern Compact Fluorescent Lamps”, International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, ICHQP-08 Proc, pp. 1-6, September 2008.

[4] R. Billinton and J. Acharya, “Distribution System Reliability Assessment Incorporating Weather Effects,” International Universities Power Engineering Conference, Newcastle, UK, Sept 6-8, 2006.

[5] R. Billinton and J. Acharya, “Consideration of Multi-state Weather Models in Reliability Evaluation of Transmission and Distribution Systems,” Proceedings of IEEE CCECE-05, Saskatoon, Canada, May 2005, pp. 619-622.

[6] R. Billinton, G. Singh and J. Acharya “Failure Bunching Phenomena in Electrical Power Transmission Systems,” 16th Advances in Reliability Technology Symposium, Loughborough, UK, April 12-14, 2005.