Catalogue 2014 - 2015

EE 338 Electric Drives


3 cr.


EE 205

Course Description

This is an introductory level course in electric drive systems.  Advances in power electronics has permitted the development of adjustable-speed drives which provide significant performance and efficiency improvements in such areas as pumps and compressors, precision motion control in automated factories, wind-electric systems in generating electricity, and hybrid-electric vehicles, to name a few.  To understand what a variable-speed drive is and how it works we will study such things as mechanical models related to rotating machines, review of associated electric circuits’ theory, overview of electric converter operation, electro-mechanical energy conversion principles, and what needs to be considered in controlling the various types of electrical machines available to us.  Successful completion of this course should provide the student with a strong background at the systems integration level of electric drives.  Methods of assessment include homework, quizzes, and tests.