IEEE Std. 450™-2010 and IEEE Std. 1188™ – 2005 amended by IEEE Std. 1188a™ – 2014 and other battery related standards such as NERC PRC-005 require a visual inspection of the battery. What exactly does this mean?
This presentation will describe a methodological approach to visual inspection that if followed will help the maintainer spot potential problems. The procedure is liberally illustrated by photographs and descriptions of actual problems experienced by the author and the causes and effects will be discussed.
The author calls the visual inspection procedure detailed in this presentation, the “From the Top Down” procedure and the methodology is designed to make sure that nothing is missed. It also encompasses one’s other senses that can be important in battery inspection, those of smell, feel, and hearing.