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The Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE May 2011 Update

- Next Meeting: Thursday, May 26, 2011 in Lynchburg. Note change in date!
- Please make reservations by 5:00 pm, Monday May 23, 2011.

Delta Star Transformer

Meeting Announcement
Transformers: More than meets the eye
Presented by the Engineers of Delta Star, Inc.
Followed by a tour of the Delta Star plant

Substation power transformers are a vital component to the electrical power grid. Due to a growing US population and increasing demand for electrical energy, the power grid is a stressed and stretched infrastructure. Many in the electric power industry foresee a need for investment and growth in this infrastructure to meet the needs of this increasing demand.

While the primary design philosophy of power transformers has not changed dramatically in recent decades, advances in technology have permitted greater monitoring and control to the end user, and these changes have increased implications in controls design. Additionally, with improvements in materials and processes, IEEE test standards continue to evolve to ensure the customer receives a quality, reliable product.

The May meeting will include a tour of the Delta Star facility, an overview of the design/construction/testing of power transformers, and a brief discussion of Delta Star's plans for the future as recently released in local media.

Due to the competitive nature of the power transformer industry and proprietary manufacturing processes and materials, competitors in the design and manufacture of power transformers will not be permitted on the plant tour.

Meeting Details:
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Social: 6:15 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM (provided by Macados)
Talk and plant tour: 7:30 PM
Cost: Members & Guests $20.00
College Students and Unemployed Engineers $10.00


Delta Star, Inc.
3550 Mayflower Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(800) 368-3017 toll-free

Directions to Delta Star, Inc:
US 460 East to Lynchburg
Exit Candlers Mountain Road/Buena Vista (US-501 N) which is a left-side exit
Right at first light onto Mayflower Drive
Right turn from Mayflower Drive into parking lot
Parking available in front of main entrance and at additional lot near the far end of the building. Please enter through main front entrance.

Please contact John Dilley, ,
or 540-443-2800 Ext. 8607 (email preferred), to make reservations by
5 PM, Monday, May 23, 2011 and specify the number of attendees.


The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have two Student Branches in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech

and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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