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ECE 3304 Introduction to Power Systems

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ECE 3304 Introduction to Power Systems (3C)

Basic concepts of AC systems, single-phase and three-phase networks, electric power generation, transformers, transmission lines, electric machinery and the use of power.

What is the reason for this course?

Electric power and energy are cornerstones of modern industrial societies. This course provides the basis of how electric power is produced, distributed and utilized in an efficient manner. The students need this background in all branches of electrical engineering.

Required for all EE majors; Technical elective for CPE majors. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer I. Program Area: Power.

Prerequisites: C- or better in 3004.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

Elementary network theory, as taught in ECE 2004, is essential for the development of the power network theory in this course. There are no co-requisites for this course.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • apply the basic principles of circuit analysis to AC networks
  • apply phasor representation to solve AC networks
  • solve the network and evaluate performance of single-phase and three-phase networks
  • determine the equivalent circuit of single- and three-phase transformers
  • apply the principles of electric machines and their control,
  • apply AC circuit analysis techniques to transmission lines and interconnected power networks.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
AC Circuits 5%
Single-Phase Circuits and Power Calculations 10%
Three-Phase Circuits and Power Calculations 10%
Power Delivery Systems
    Power transformers
  • Transmission lines
  • Interconnected networks
Electric Machinery
  • a) DC machines
  • b) AC machines

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