ECE 598KSH – Electrical Machine Design

Prof. Kiruba Haran and Prof. Andrew Alleyne

Fall Semesters, 2015, 2017

Technologies like advanced materials, manufacturing processes and power electronics can open up the design space for new electrical machine solutions for emerging applications in the transportation, energy, and industrial sector. To take full advantage of these developments, engineers need to be well versed in the multidisciplinary design process for electrical machines, with a good understanding of complex trade-offs that span multiple disciplines. They must also be comfortable with both analytical and numerical tools, and when to apply these to obtain the best results. This course will attempt to prepare electrical and mechanical engineers for this opportunity by focusing on practical design considerations. It will build on fundamentals covered in ECE 330 and 431 and take students through the design of a variety of electromechanical devices. Fundamental principles of energy conversion applicable to all types of electric machinery are fist reviewed. Basic design rules, analytical formulae and the use of numerical design tools will then be introduced, and experience will be gained through a hands-on design project.

ECE 431 – Electric Machinery

Prof. Kiruba Haran

Spring Semesters

This course is a senior or beginning-graduate level elective for electrical and computer engineering majors. The goals are to impart an understanding of electromechanics from theoretical and experimental bases. The course introduces devices and methods for electromechanics and electromechanical energy conversion; the emphasis is on rotating machines, although static concepts such as transformers and power factor correction apparatus are also covered. The course includes 12 laboratory experiments, and covers topics such as three-phase power, power-factor correction, single- and three-phase transformers, induction machines, DC machines, and synchronous machines.

ECE 445 – Senior Design

Prof. Kiruba Haran

Fall Semester, 2018

This is a senior level course which aims to provide an understanding of the process of project design through experience. The students (paired in teams) will produce a project proposal with an original solution to a problem of the student’s choosing, a matched list of requirements and verifications (testing), schematic drawings, diagrams and simulations of the project components (design) and a functional (working) product. The course will provide resources which include circuit design and simulation tools, a laboratory equipped with design and test equipment and parts. A faculty of advisors will be available to steer and scope the initial concepts. The students will test functionality and document the project. The experience will include a design review, progress reports, laboratory notebooks, demonstration of the finished work and a formal project presentation. There will be an emphasis on modularity of design and testing. There will be realistic considerations estimating and controlling project cost and schedule. Ethical considerations in general and specific to the project will be addressed.