Engineers universally recognize that electric drives offer enormous potential for energy conservation. Factory automation, transportation (all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles) and a trend to replace hydraulic drives by electric ones has driven interest among employers and students for education based on solid theoretical foundations. The course requires only a basic undergraduate preparation in circuits, electromagnetics and energy. Advanced topics of special electric machinery and control methods are introduced on in-time basis. This course complements EL 5683, which covers electromechanical aspects of electric drives, and EL 6603, which covers on AC-DC and DC-AC conversion for drives and utility applications.
Prerequisites: Graduate status and EE 3824 or equivalent.