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Laboratory Development And Restructuring For The Course Of Electric Drives Or Energy Conversion Using Software And Hardware It Tools

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



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Innovative Ideas for Energy Labs

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10.861.1 - 10.861.17



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Shuhui Li

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Laboratory Restructuring and Development for the Course of Electric Machinery Using Software and Hardware IT Tools

Shuhui Li

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Texas A&M University – Kingsville Kingsville, TX 78363


The paper presents the laboratory restructuring and development for the course of Electric Machines, also known as Electric Machinery or Energy Conversion, for an integrative teaching approach. It shows the restructuring by using modern computer software and hardware information technology (IT) tools, by introducing DSP and digital control technology, and by restructuring a traditional energy conversion laboratory at TAMUK. The paper illustrates laboratory experiments developed for both dynamic controls of electric drives and traditional steady-state measurements of transformers and electric machines, and demonstrates the effectiveness of the power-pole and average models for developing real-time control systems for power electronic converters and electric drives. It presents typical experiments designed for students to do simulation using Simulink and actual measurement using dSPACE, and to compare simulation with measurement. It shows various computer hardware and software IT tools used in the restructured laboratory for effective control, measurement, design, data acquisition, and result analysis of electric drive systems and power electronic converters.

Index Terms – Electric machines and drives, power electronics, feedback controls, education, MATLAB® Simulink, dSPACE, OpenChoice, MathCad, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint.


As the technology of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) grows, an undergraduate ECE program is under constant pressure to keep content up-to-date within a four- year context of a fixed number of credit hours allowed for graduation. These technology changes also challenge the traditional teaching structure to one of the core courses, Energy Conversion or Electric Machinery, in a general ECE program.

At Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK), the course of Electric Machinery, a required course in the ECE curriculum, used to cover steady-state three-phase circuits, transformers, DC generators and motors, AC synchronous generators, and AC induction motors

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Li, S. (2005, June), Laboratory Development And Restructuring For The Course Of Electric Drives Or Energy Conversion Using Software And Hardware It Tools Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15150

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