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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3631 - Building Electrical Power Distribution I

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
Topics include power systems below 600 volts, totalizing loads, feeder and branch circuits, power transformers, overcurrent protection, fault currents, circuit breaker selection, and electrical code application. Panelboard and switchboard selection, electric service entrances, power factor correction, power company coordination, small and medium motors, motor control and electrical measuring devices are covered. Laboratory experiments relating to equipment and analysis, as well as a case study, provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate application of course material. An electrical design project is started in this course. Hardware emphasized in this course includes power triangles, transformers, DC motors, AC induction motors, AC drives and AC synchronous motors. (prereq: AE 3612 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Calculate Apparent Power, Real Power, Reactive Power, and Power Factor using complex numbers
  • Calculate transformer current, voltage, apparent power, real power, reactive power, power factor
  • Select properly sized conductors, conduits, circuit breakers, fuses, and ground conductors
  • Calculate electrical and mechanical parameters for DC motors and AC induction motors
  • Do basic design calculations for a commercial building, including service size, main and feeder breakers
  • Draw and interpret basic 1-Line drawings

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Advanced mathematics-including linear equations and complex numbers
  • Basic power calculations from AE 3612  

Course Topics
  • Electrical Power and Phasors (3 classes)
  • Transformers (4 classes)
  • Building Electrical (2 classes)
  • Fuses/Circuit Breakers (2 classes)
  • Grounding (1 class)
  • Motors (7 classes)
  • Inverters (1 class)
  • Design Project (4 classes)
  • PLC’s (1 class)
  • Hands On Laboratory (10 classes)
  • Exams and Review (5 classes)

Laboratory Topics
  • Safety Introduction
  • Single Phase Transformers
  • 3 Phase Transformers
  • DC Motors
  • AC Induction Motors
  • PLC’s

Dudley Outcalt

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