Electrical Energy Conversion Systems (ELEC3206)


This unit of study aims to give students a good understanding of electrical energy conversion techniques and equipment.
Students who successfully complete this unit will
1) have a broad view of electrical energy conversion systems including transformers, DC machines, induction machines and synchronous machines;
2) be able to analyze and solve problems in transformers and electric machines;
3) have gained confidence in their ability to undertake more advanced study in the power area.
The following specific topics are covered: magnetic circuits, inductance, sinusoidal excitation, hysteresis and eddy current loss, permanent magnets, electromechanical energy conversion, singly-excited and doubly-excited systems, transformers, single-phase, equivalent circuit parameters, three-phase transformers, autotransformers, DC machines, separate excitation, shunt excitation, series excitation, and compound excitation, efficiency, armature reaction, induction machines, revolving field, equivalent circuit, squirrel cage machines, measurements of the parameters, DC resistance test, no-load test, blocked-rotor test, synchronous machines, field relationships, power-angle relationships, salient pole machines.

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Further unit of study information


Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs; Laboratory 3 hrs; Project Work - own time 3 hrs.


Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%)


Stephen J. Chapman/Electric Machinary Fundamentals/Fourth/2005/0072465239//

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge


Following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit of study: familiarity with circuit theory, electronic devices, ac power, capacitors and inductors, and electric circuits such as three-phase circuits and circuits with switches, the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope and power supply.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.