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Restructuring An Energy Conversion Course Using An Integrative Approach And Computer Assisted Teaching Tools

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Energy Programs and Software Tools

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9.1064.1 - 9.1064.16



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Shuhui Li

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Rajab Challoo

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Session Number: 3433

Restr uctur ing Ener gy Conver sion Cour se Using An Integr ative Appr oach and Computer Assisted Teaching Tools

Shuhui Li and Rajab Challoo Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Texas A&M University – Kingsville Kingsville, TX 78363


The course of Energy Conversion is a required course in EE curriculum at Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK). Traditionally, this course dealt with topics of transformers and electric machines, and was normally presented under the assumption of steady-state conditions. Students usually thought that the course was old-fashioned and boring, which greatly limited student’s ability to understand wide control applications of electric machines. However, modern electric machines are widely interacted with power electronics, DSP and digital control technology. These technology changes are not reflected in traditional teaching structures of the course. This paper gives the restructuring of the course at TAMUK through an integrative teaching approach and computer assisted teaching methodologies so as to provide students a complete view of an electric drive system that consists of electric machines, power electronics, controllers, power supply systems, and mechanical loads.

Index Terms – Electric machines, electric drives, power electronics, feedback controls, education, Microsoft PowerPoint, MathCad, PSpice simulation, MatLab.


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

At Texas A&M University – Kingsville, the course of Energy Conversion also known as Electric Machinery, used to cover three-phase circuits, transformers, DC generators and motors, AC synchronous generators, and AC induction motors [1, 2]. The course basically dealt with line-fed and steady-state DC and AC electric machines with no attempt of controlling machine speed, torque, and/or position. This had greatly limited student’s capability to understand wide

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Li, S., & Challoo, R. (2004, June), Restructuring An Energy Conversion Course Using An Integrative Approach And Computer Assisted Teaching Tools Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13119

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