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Enhanced Electric Machines And Power Course

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.446.1 - 6.446.6



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Chih-Ping Yeh

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Mulchand Rathod

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Session 3547

Enhanced Electric Machines and Power Course

Chih-Ping Yeh, Mulchand S. Rathod Wayne State University


This paper presents our experiences in developing a NSF-funded CCLI project for enhancing the ‘Electric Machines and Power’ course. The objective of this project is to provide a new structure to the existing course to enhance student learning of electric machines. The project involves (1) improving the long existing rotating machine laboratory by adding modern power electronic drives and devising real time data acquisition for measurement and analysis, (2) developing and implementing animation, simulation and visualization components to enhance student learning of electric machine, (3) configuring course to cover relevant theory while reducing topics to achieve effectiveness without credit hours or time change. This paper describes the planning steps and the development procedures of this project. The new course structure and laboratory experiments will be discussed.

I. Introduction

Though the traditional “Energy conversion course’ had remained almost unchanged for several decades, a redesigned structure has been proposed by several references over the last decade [1-2]. Types of motor drives worthy of addressing in undergraduate curricula are discussed [3]. Recently, LabView has been utilized in developing some animation for an EE course [4]. Multimedia projects founded by the NSF and the Department of Education suggest that visualization, animation and interactive simulation effectively help learners understand abstract concepts. However, there has been no major instances of a multimedia approach to EET electric machine courses.

In 1998, the Division of Engineering Technology (DET) at Wayne State University (WSU) had conducted a project to develop computer based instruction (CBI) materials for an Electric Machines course for the NSF-funded Greenfield Coalition (NSF-GC) for Manufacturing Education [5-8]. This course introduce industrial electric power source and industrial applications of motors, generators, and transformers to associate level manufacturing engineering and technology students. This project involved devising real time data acquisition using National Instruments (NI) LabView and data acquisition (DAQ) tools, and developing animation and simulation examples using Authorware/Flash and Pspice.

Presently, we utilized the results from the NSF-CG CBI development as background and extend the development to enhance an existing senior level “Electric Machines and Power’ course (EET 3500) in WSU’s DET-EET program. The division has been awarded a NSF CCLI grant to carry

Yeh, C., & Rathod, M. (2001, June), Enhanced Electric Machines And Power Course Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9210

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