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Integrating A Power Systems Laboratory Into A Client/Server Based Computing Environment

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.261.1 - 1.261.12

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S. P. Carullo

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R. Fischl

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C. O. Nwankpa

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Session 1626

Integrating a Power Systems Laboratory into a Client/Server Based Computing Environment

S. P. Carullo, C. O. Nwankpa, and R. Fischl Drexel University

1. Abstract

The primary goal of the project is to develop a set of experiments which will allow students to examine power systems in a realistic manner. Drexel University’s Interconnected Power Systems L.uboratory (ZPSL) provides an interchangeable real-life power system network and a computer interface to the system in order to provide control and data capturing. The computer interface utilizes clientherver and industry standard networking technology to help students visualize power system phenomena as seen by the system operator via an Energy Management System (EMS). This new laboratory will become an important piece of the new Drexel University curriculum, which emphasizes computer-aided design and hands-on laboratory experience coupled with longitudinal courses. A fault analysis experiment has already been designed on the IPSL and will be discussed as an example.

2. Introduction

The new Drexel Curriculum is a redesign of the methods of teaching electrical engineering fundamentals and applications in a way that will meet the needs of the students and industry in the 21st Century. The curriculum revision will produce a set of modem courses emphasizing computer-aided design and hands- on laboratory experience coupled with longitudinal courses. The motivation for changing the curriculum comes from the faculty, who have been using the same curriculum for at least fifteen years, and also from the students, who have expressed a desire for a more applications-oriented and hands-on experience.

These new courses will put engineering problems up front (design, experimentation, and analysis), provide basic science and math background as needed, use team work, build communication skills, and put engineering in a social context. In terms of content distribution, courses will combine compatible sets of topics from different “traditional” areas of electrical and computer engineering. Courses such as these, which break down the conventional “barriers” between disciplines, may provide the students a clearer sense and more realistic picture of what the future holds for electrical engineers. It is not expected that all courses can be constructed in this manner.

The Interconnected Power Systems Luboratov has been designed to meet the demands of this new Drexel curriculum. It is hoped that the modernization of the power systems laboratory at Drexel University will counteract the declining interest in the power systems curriculum. The newly designed Interconnected Power Systems Laboratory reduces the various steps involved in laboratory setup and data gathering and provides more time for the students to appreciate the theory and concepts behind the experiment.

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Carullo, S. P., & Fischl, R., & Nwankpa, C. O. (1996, June), Integrating A Power Systems Laboratory Into A Client/Server Based Computing Environment Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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