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Dissemination Of Introductory Energy Systems Course Material Via The World Wide Web For A Changing Power Engineering Curriculum

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.234.1 - 5.234.18



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Badrul H. Chowdhury

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Session No. 1333

Dissemination of Introductory Energy Systems Course Material via the World Wide Web for a Changing Power Engineering Curriculum Badrul H. Chowdhury Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. University of Missouri-Rolla Rolla, MO 65409-0040 Tel: 573-341-6230; Fax: 573-341-6671

Abstract Many topics in the electrical energy discipline are becoming important in light of power industry restructuring as well as an increased general emphasis on environmental awareness and energy efficiency. With one-third of total energy consumed globally going to electrical form, and the trend rising, it is important to visit many of the issues that will be one of the main driving forces of the future economy. Several topics are compiled and placed on the web. These topics can be used in a full-length course while some of the topics could easily be distributed among existing power/energy courses with some restructuring effort. Proposed topics include: conventional and non-conventional electric power generation, electric power transmission, energy efficiency, electric energy and the environment power electronics applications, electric drives and applications in industry, power quality issues, storage, and electric power industry deregulation issues. Most topics contain pictures, attractive color graphics and some animation to convey the working principles in a more easy-to-understand manner.

1. Introduction Traditionally, electromechanical energy conversion has been the mainstay in the power engineering area in most undergraduate curricula. Typically, this course covers topics on the principles of electromechanics - the principles behind conventional ac and dc rotating machines. There is also an emerging trend to include power electronics into the course topics. In addition, many curricula also have an introductory power systems course. A majority of schools offer this course as a Junior/Senior elective. The power systems course is geared toward preparing students for work in the electric utility industry. In recent years, there appears to be a need for additional topics aside from the traditional issues related to electric power generation, transmission, and utilization [1-4]. The perception presumably stems from the desire to prepare a more well rounded power engineer who will have the fundamental background in several related energy topics rather than in just a few focussed areas. Since most students in Electrical engineering will take one or at most two courses in power and energy for their undergraduate degrees, it is desirable to find the most suitable, and at the same time, relevant contents to fill these all-important courses. There is also a secondary argument made by many professors regarding the timing of power courses. The machines and the power courses cannot be offered too early in the curriculum because of specific pre-requisite requirements. Therefore, by the time a student takes any one of these courses, he/she has probably already decided the field of specialization. Therefrom comes the argument to offer a more general energy systems course early in the curriculum, which will not require an upper level pre-requisite.

Chowdhury, B. H. (2000, June), Dissemination Of Introductory Energy Systems Course Material Via The World Wide Web For A Changing Power Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8312

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