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Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)

EET 214 Electric Machines and Energy Conversion (3) Fundamental operating principles, characteristics, and analysis of electric machines, transformers, and power systems.

EET 214 Electric Machines and Energy Conversion (3)

The purpose of EET 214 is to introduce students to the electromechanical energy conversion components associated with power system generation, utilization, transmission, and distribution. The course teaches fundamental concepts of electromagnetic circuits as they relate to the induced voltages and physical forces acting on electrical conductors within magnetic fields. The course covers characteristics of magnetic materials and how they influence the operation of rotating electrical machines and transformers, and investigates how these properties and principles are used to develop simple yet practical models of various power conversion devices. Basic control of AC motors, such as starting, reversing, plugging, and variable speed operation using volts per hertz is discussed in the course. Following the study of the basic components of the power system (motors, generators, and transformers), the course will provide an introduction to power systems engineering. This introduction shall include any the following topics: power distribution fundamentals and protection, power flow, analysis and load flow studies of small power systems, and computer solutions for larger power system studies.

Topics covered include:
- Magnetics: energy conversion principles, motor and generator action
- Transformers: Single-phase, 3-phase, and autotransformers; per-unit representation
- Induction Machines: construction, operation, modeling, characteristics, and basic control methods
- Synchronous Machines: construction, operation, modeling, characteristics, motor and generator operation, power factor control, power delivery
- Power System Representation
- Power System Analysis

Presentation of the principles and theory will be relatively rigorous; however, the level of modeling detail and the sophistication of the mathematical analyses of machine operation will be limited to first order (i.e. linear) and some simple second-order (non-linear) approximations.

Students in EET 214 should gain a sound understanding of electrical machines and transformers and their models, and this knowledge should be extended so that the models are used in the analysis of power systems. Students should be able to apply the basic mathematical and electrical models developed in the course to determine power requirements, power capability, efficiency, operating characteristics, and electrical demands of these components when used in typical applications.

The course will require that students apply basic knowledge of electric circuit analysis, electric machines, and engineering concepts to analyze and solve technical problems, using the assistance of computer tools as necessary.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: EET 114, EET 118

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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