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Evolution of a Power Systems Course for EET

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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EET Papers 2

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Engineering Technology

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William T. Evans PhD P.E. University of Toledo

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Dr. William Evans earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2005 and his M.S.E.E. in 1975, both from the University of Toledo. He earned his B.S.E.E. in 1971 from UIUC. Dr. Evans has fifteen years experience as a controls engineer for industry, 27 years experience as a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at U. of Toledo, and experience as a consultant to industry continued through PLC programming.

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It is has become evident that there exists a conflict between laboratory experiences traditionally taught in an Electrical Power Course and the ArcFlash requirements of NFPA 70E. This paper discusses the development of lab experiences that abide by the limitations of the NFPA requirements while continuing the principles of labs used prior to the implementation of this standard.

A new look at the course has occurred in recent times. The course’s focus was entirely on motor and transformer technology. This has been re-constructed to encompass both the traditional motors course as well as an introduction to a traditional power course. The power course encompasses topics in transmission lines, underground cables, as well as fault current calculations

While development of the course at first focused on the arc-flash rules and changes in laboratory experiences, changes in this course continue along a number of fronts including an appropriate text.

While the content has significantly changed, the course name and description remain the same:

EET 4350 – Electric Power Systems

This course constitute a study of AC/DC machines, including transformers, power transmission and the regulation governing them as specified by the industry and the National Electric Code. It covers the construction, operation, selection and control selection DC/AC generators and motors. This course also enhances the student’s lab experience by connecting motors and generator in the lab and analyzing test results.

The description is being achieved more today than in the past. Along the way, major changes have occurred including ArcFlash that have changed much of what this course is about.

Evans, W. T. (2017, June), Evolution of a Power Systems Course for EET Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28311

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