Jun 17, 2024
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# AE 3612 - Principles of Electrical Systems Design

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This introductory electrical systems design course covers three-phase AC electrical power distribution and calculations. Also covered are topics in fuses, circuit breakers, transformers, conductors, conduits, motors, switches, and safety, plus the basics in distribution systems, controls and an introduction to the National Electrical Code. The course features a mini-design project where students are required to generate and present a basic set of electrical design documents. (prereq: EE 2503 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Perform basic single and three phase power calculations, and understand the relationships between Apparent Power, Real Power, Reactive Power and Power Factor
• Be familiar with basic electrical power distribution systems
• Understand the difference between a system ground and an equipment ground and be able to select correct size conductors for each
• Calculate basic short circuit levels available in low voltage distribution systems, based upon transformer sizes and impedances
• Calculate and select proper size conductors and conduits for various electrical loads
• Draw the wiring for light switches controlled from three or more locations
• Select fuses or circuit breakers for various electrical loads, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of protecting with fuses and circuit breakers
• Draw a basic 1-line of an electrical distribution system, indicating the proper sizes of all major components
• Draw a room in plan view, indicating circuits, conductors, and home runs to a supply panel

Prerequisites by Topic
• Basic mathematics-pre-college level
• Basic power calculations from EE 2503

Course Topics
• Electrical Power (3 classes)
• 3 Phase Power
• Voltage Drop (2 classes)
• Short circuits (1 class)
• Energy supplies (1 class)
• Transformers (1 class)
• Motors (1 class)
• Conductors
• Electrical Protection (3 classes)
• National Electrical Code (1 class)