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Design of a Power Substation: Technical Learning in the Context of an Industry-Sponsored Project

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Courses and Projects

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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24.370.1 - 24.370.9



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Cyrus Habibi P.E. Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Mohammad Habibi is an Assistant Professor in the department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MnSU). Prior to coming to MnSU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. His primary research interests are in the field of signal processing, dielectric spectroscopy and sensors. Specifically, he is interested in developing novel medical devices. In addition to his technical research, he is also an active member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and conducts research in engineering education.

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Motahareh Tina Alaei Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Michael Ryan Lynch

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Design a pellet plant power substation for Essar Steel MinnesotaEssar Steel Minnesota LLC (ESML), owned by Essar Resources Inc, is building a state-of-the-art open pit mining, concentrating and pelletizing plant in northern Minnesota. ESMLexpects operations to begin by the third quarter of 2013 and going up to an annual productioncapacity of 7 million tons per annum (MTPA) by January 2014.Iron Range Engineering (IRE) is a complete project-based engineering program wherestudents do not enroll in traditional lecture classes; instead students acquire theirtechnical/professional learning in the context of industry projects. IRE students earn in Engineering with emphases along a spectrum between what might be traditionallycalled mechanical and electrical engineering. ESML proposed a multidisciplinary project forIron Range Engineering (IRE) students in spring 2012.The project was consisted of providing a basic design of a power substation for its mainpellet plant. The basic design included equipment layout, foundation and structural analysis,grounding and fault analysis, heating and ventilation planning, lighting and cable sizing inwhich each aspect must follow local and national codes and regulations. The team wasconsisted of 6 students (4 juniors and 2 seniors). These students pursued B.S in generalengineering with emphasis on mechanical or electrical engineering. The project was brokendown into several sections and each student took responsibility of one section, while allmembers were involved in the design of the entire project.In this paper, we explain the following: 1. An overview on the project and its multidisciplinary aspects 2. Team members’ background and their roles 3. Task delegation and project management 4. The role of industry mentor 5. Why project succeed 6. Client feedback and lessons learned

Habibi, C., & Alaei, M. T., & Lynch, M. R. (2014, June), Design of a Power Substation: Technical Learning in the Context of an Industry-Sponsored Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20261

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