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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

ME50201: Electrical drives

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 30%, EX 70%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: ME50201 Re-assessment Only (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
To provide familiarisation with the fundamentals of electrical drive theory and applications in a practical way by introducing the participants to the principles of electromechanical energy conversion, AC and DC electrical motors, power electronics and variable-speed drives. After taking this unit the student should be able to: read electrical circuit diagrams, understand the principles of electrical motor operation, appreciate the role of power electronic devices and circuits, understand the requirements for efficient variable-speed operation and motion control.

Electromagnetism : voltage, current, flux, force, torque; DC, AC, three-phase system; Electric motors: types, sizes, supply requirements, torque/speed characteristic, starting/overloading problems, possibilities for variable-speed operation. Power electronics: devices (thyristors, bipolar transistors, FETs, IGBTs), configurations, converters, PWM, applications Noise: airborne noise due to PWM; electro-magnetic interference (EMI) pollution. Motion control: speed/position control for both DC and AC motors, supply requirements, control algorithms. Exercises: simulation exercise; AC & DC drive design examples; DC drive exercise; laboratory work.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

ME50201 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • TEME-AFM15 : MSc Fluid Power Engineering (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TEME-AFL15 : PG Dip Fluid Power Engineering (Full-time) - Year 1

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