July 4, 2011

Electrical Engineering Terms - W

  • W.U.C. - See "Western Underground Committee"
  • WAN - Wide-Area Network. Composed of two or more local-area networks (LANs). Can be made up of interconnected smaller networks spread throughout a building, a state, or the entire globe.
  • WAPA - Western Area Power Administration
  • Watt - 1) With ac measurements, effective power (measured in Watts) equals the product of voltage, current, and power factor (the cosine of the phase angle between the current and the voltage). Watts=EI cosine(Theta).
  • Watt-Hour - 1) A unit of work equal to the power of one watt operating for one hour. 2) 3600 Joules.
  • Western Underground Committee - A committee of western based electric utility engineers that provides a forum for establishment of guides that provide options, recommendations and practices for its members. These guides are used to assist its members in preparing their own specificatio
  • Wi-Fi - Wireless Fidelity. Wi-Fi originally referred to the 802.11b specification for wireless LANs, but it is now used to describe any of the 802.11 wireless networking specifications.
  • Wire - A strand or group of strands of electrically conductive material, normally copper or aluminum.
  • Wire Lubricant - A chemical compound used to reduce pulling tension by lubricating a cable when pulled into a duct or conduit.
  • Wireless Bridging - A networking bridge is used to connect two or more separate networks. A wireless bridge functions similar to a wireless network but can be used in situations in which running a cable would be impractical or expensive.
  • WLAN - Wireless Local Area Network. A wirelessly connected Local Area Network (See LAN).
  • Work Plane - The plane at which work is usually done and on which the luminance is specified and measured. Unless otherwise indicated, this is assumed to be a horizontal plane 30" above the floor.
  • Working Near - Refers to working near live parts. Any activity inside a limited approach boundary.
  • Working On - Refers to working on live parts. Coming in contact with live parts with the hands, feet, or other body parts, with tools, probes, or test equipment, regardless of the personal protective equipment a person is using.
  • WPA - Wi-Fi Protected Access. WPA is a security specification for the 802.11 standards replacing the less effective WEP. It uses 802.1x and EAP to restrict network access, and it uses its own encryption called Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) to secure th
  • WPAN - Wireless Personal-Area Network. WPAN is a PAN that uses wireless means of connecting, however since all PAN technologies, such as Bluetooth, are wireless, you can consider the terms synonymous.
  • WUC - See "Western Underground Committee".
  • Wye - A three phase, four-wire electrical configuration where each of the individual phases is connected to a common point, the "center" of the Y. This common point normally is connected to an electrical ground.

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