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Development Of An Electrical Power Systems Course Using Labview And Visual Basic Software

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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Innovative and Computer-Assisted Lab Studies

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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11.466.1 - 11.466.11



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Harry Franz University of Houston-Downtown

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Harry Franz is an Associate Professor of Control and Instrumentation at the University of Houston Downtown in Houston, Texas

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Development of an Electrical Power Systems Course using LabVIEW and Visual Basic Software


The purpose of this paper is to discuss the continuing development of a unique electrical power class taken by students in BSET program. The class is formally named Electrical Power Systems and is part of the four-year Control and Instrumentation Technology program at the University of Houston Downtown (UHD) in Houston, Texas. Continuing development of the electrical power systems course includes the knowledge and application of LabVIEW software for various virtual exercises and projects. Included in the class are many actual electrical power control projects that range from the initial studies of the basics of electrical power systems and LabVIEW to the final advanced capstone project design.

Many of the class students work in industry in various related professions. Also, the class students have varied technical experience level and background of academics. The proceeding two elements make the class both challenging and interesting to teach.

The students in the class first become acquainted with the LabVIEW software by using newly developed handouts and reference materials that contain explanations of the actual practical design projects.

A feature that makes these class studies unique is the heavy use of group efforts and interaction of the groups on the many software projects. Also unique in the class is the fact that design exercises are used extensively throughout the entire course. In addition, there is a capstone project for the course. The innovative software exercises and projects that have been developed for the Electrical Power Systems courses are given.


The goal of this paper is to discuss the further development an electrical power systems lab that uses LabVIEW and Visual Basic software in addition to the commonly used circuit software.

The Electrical Power System course includes as described in the UHD Catalog the basic principles and applications of electrical power systems, power generation, transmission and distribution. Also included are lighting, design, motor controls, and other related topics. Computer simulation of these electrical systems is used.

The current development of the electrical power systems lab not only uses circuit simulation software, but also uses the latest versions of LabVIEW and Visual Basic that allow creation of a large variety of projects at various levels of difficulty. The LabVIEW and Visual Basic software packages allow students to work extensively in design groups to create interactive working control panels.

Franz, H. (2006, June), Development Of An Electrical Power Systems Course Using Labview And Visual Basic Software Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1410

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