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ECE 3254 Industrial Electronics

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ECE 3254 Industrial Electronics (3C)

For students in the Mechanical Engineering program or by permission of the ECE Department. Fundamentals of electronics, including basic device principles. Circuit applications include digital, op-amp, and analog analysis for industrial applications and magnetic circuits. Construction, analysis, and characterization of circuits with the student-owned Lab-in-a-Box system.

What is the reason for this course?

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of analog and digital electronic circuits and motors for mechanical engineering students. This course builds upon the theories and experimental practices in electrical circuits taught in the pre-requisite course, ECE 2054, to develop a basic understanding of the operation of circuits containing amplifiers, transistors and diodes. In addition, basic digital circuits and simple microprocessors are discussed to prepare the student for microprocessors systems. The experimental skills developed during the laboratory portion of the course will enable students to perform basic design, construction, and measurements of simple analog and digital electronic circuits and motors.

Mechanical Engineering students only. Typically offered: Fall, Spring. Program Area: Electronics.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ECE 2054; Co: MATH 2214.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

ECE 2054 develops the analysis skills necessary to study the application of basic electronic components in circuits. The material in ECE 2054 builds more directly on PHYS 2306 and now includes material on diodes and the use of linear models to simulate the performance of diodes in d.c. and slowly varying a.c. circuits.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze the steady state and small signal AC response of simple electronic circuits containing diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers
  • Apply performance criteria in the design of basic amplifier circuits and verify that the criteria were met by circuit simulations and experimental measurements
  • Design, analyze, construct, and test circuits containing digital components and microprocessors
  • Determine the voltages and currents in AC and DC motors and design, construct, and test motor control circuitry

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Review of Piecewise Modeling - Diodes 4%
2. Transistors 6%
3. Theory of amplifiers 6%
4. Operational Amplifiers 12%
5. Digital logic 12%
6. Digital systems and microprocessors 15%
7. AC/DC motors 12%
1. Diode circuits 3%
2. Frequency response functions 3%
3. Op-amps circuits 6%
4. Transistors circuits 3%
5. Logic circuits 3%
6. Microprocessor applications 9%
7. AC/DC motors 6%

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