Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Electrical and Computer
The design and implementation of instructional electric drives laboratory using off-the-shelf commercial micro controllers is described in this paper. The main objective of this project is to familiarize the students with the programming experience of advanced micro controllers and provide hands-on experience on electric drives in order to successfully drive and control electric machines precisely (current, torque, speed etc.). This laboratory is designed for the students to take as a follow up for electric drives lecture course to improve their understanding of the theory learned from lectures. Moreover, this laboratory is intended mainly for the students to prepare for their senior design projects especially that deals with designing and controlling of electric drives to run electric machines (e.g., SPACEX-Hyperloop, 3D printers, robots, wind energy etc.).
While the electric machines have not changed much in their structure and working, recent advancement of drive technologies and power electronic converters for different types of machines has shown tremendous impact on the design of integrated electric machine drives. Moreover, the micro controllers used in this laboratory can not only be used to control electric machines but also can be used for many other applications like AC and DC micro grids, electric vehicles, batteries, DC-DC converters etc. Many of the electric drive laboratories existing today use DSPs that were popular a decade ago, however, the micro controllers used in this laboratory perform faster computational work with higher efficiency and provides versatile functions.
The laboratory procedures and exercises were carefully defined and step-by-step procedures are explained to meet the learning objective for the students. Moreover, the students are assigned specific tasks to finish at the end of each lab and a final project using the hardware provided to them, which will enable them to think creatively during programming. Experiments, hardware components, instruments and devices about the laboratory will be presented in the final draft. It is a legitimate opportunity to offer electric drives laboratory using up-to-date technologies and familiarizing students with latest industrial standard techniques.
Babaiahgari, B., & Chen, Z., & Park, J. (2018, June), Design and Implementation of Electric Drives Laboratory using Commercial Microcontroller Development Kits Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30262
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