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ECEN 3170 - Energy Conversion 1

Catalog Data ECEN 3170 (3). Energy Conversion 1. Introduces block diagrams, conventional/renewable energy sources, power electronics, magnetic circuits, transformers and power systems, forces/torques of electric machines. Employs a top-down approach to present applications first and then discusses components. Uses Pspice, Mathematica, Matlab.
Credits and Design 3 credit hours. Selected elective course.
Prerequisite(s) PHYS 1120, Physics 2
ECEN 2260, Circuits as Systems.
Corequisite(s) None.
Instructor(s) Robert Erickson, Daniel Friedrichs
Textbook Chapman, Stephen. Electric Machinery and Power System Fundamentals
Course Objectives For students to:
  1. Understand that, despite the prevalence of digital computers, the physical world around us is still based on analog principles.
  2. Understand the underlying principles of electronic/magnetic devices and the role they play in the context of renewable energy.
  3. Understand the interplay between analog power generation and conversion devices and the digital circuitry used to control such devices.
Learning Outcomes After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
  1. Electromechanical systems, including blockdiagrams of conventional energy conversion systems and systems related to renewable energy.
  2. Rotating and linear machines, including generators, motors, and variable-speed drives.
  3. Electromechanical components, including (renewable) energy sources, controllers, power electronic circuits, inductors, and transformers.
Student Outcomes
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Design Teams Engr
Oral Written Engr Solns
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Topics Covered
  1. Introductory exposure to multiple feed-back loops
  2. The sources of electrical power including renewable energy
  3. Principles of power electronics
  4. Magnetics
  5. Transformers
  6. Force and torque production in electromagnetic circuits
  7. Rotating and linear motion electric machines
  8. Mechanical loads
  9. Complete designs for some electro-mechanical systems

Last revised: 05-20-11, PM, ARP.