EECS 161 Electric Machines and Drives (2017-2018)

EECS 161 Electric Machines and Drives

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 161 Electric Machines and Drives (Credit Units: 3) Magnetic circuits and transformers. Fundamentals of energy conversion. Application to synchronous, induction, commutator, and special purpose machines. Electric Drives. Corequisite: EECS161L. Prerequisite: EECS70B. Electrical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0073660097.

Recommended Textbook:
Keyue M. Smedley
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Describe the fundamentals of electromechanical energy conversion inside a dc or ac electric machine.

2. Describe PWM techniques for motor drive.

3. Measure the electrical characteristics of electric machines.

Prerequisites by Topic

Understanding of electric network

Lecture Topics:
  • Magnetic circuits
  • dc motors
  • ac motors
  • adjustable speed motor drive techniques using power electronics circuits.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:

From a given speed profile, find the torque requirement, design the switching converter and the control loops.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Electrical Engineering Topics Courses and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Students are given home works, midterm, and finals with design oriented problems; i.e. for a given specifications, find the speed profile, then design the multiple control loops and switching converters.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Class participation: 10%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr