Electric Power Systems
EGR 325, Fall 2014
Professor: Judith Cardell
Office: 352 Ford Hall
Office hours: Monday 1:30-3:00; Tuesday 12:30-2:00
Class Time: MWF 10:00 - 10:50 FH 143
Prerequisites: EGR 220, Circuit Theory, or permission of instructor
Readings: Posted in table below and on Moodle. An optional, and possibly useful text is: Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction, Alexandra von Meier, Wiley Survival Guides
EGR 325 Class and Assignment Schedule, Fall 2014
|Week||Topic||Reading|| HW due WEDNESDAY
(by 4pm to 352 FH)
|Sept 5|| Course Overview
Intro and BoE slides
|* Course Concept Map *
||Reading Strategy Ideas|
|Sept 8|| Electricity Uses, Benefits and Drawbacks
Rural Electrification (see Reading Strategy Ideas, above)
Knowledge Building: Note green underlines in these readings
Energy Policy Readings: To go along with KB discussion:
CO2 Reg; Other KB topics?
|Sept 15|| The Transmission System & Power Flow Analysis
|Sept 22|| Generator Efficiency & System Operations
Economic dispatch (this week and next)
||HW 3: Power flow|
|Sep 29||Day-ahead & Hour-ahead Planning
|| continue with previous week's readings
and Wind Cart Manuals on Moodle
|Oct 6|| Load, RETs and Net Load
HW 5: Economic dispatch
HW 5 Solution
Renewables and System Planning
Energy Efficiency & DSM
|| HW 6: OPF & Load Modeling, and Wind Cart
Wind Cart Lab: Memo with initial work on final experiment(s) ... if you have been able to use the cart. If not, stil be thinking about it, and looking for a good, windy day!
||Continue with Renewables readings and HOMER user's guide and posted reports as needed||
Take-Home Part of Midterm Exam: KB Self-assessment
|Oct 27|| Knowledge Building; Electric Generation:
|| Quantifying Renewables Contribution:
System Planning Examples
|HW 8: HOMER Data gathering and Initial Report|
|Nov 3|| Electric Machines
||HW 9: HOMER modeling|
|Nov 10||Power Generation and Motors in Action
||Continue with Amatrol motor lab manuals and lab handout||HW 10: Motors and Generators
|Nov 17|| System Stability and Control
||HW 11: Motor Lab write-up due -- SEE MOODLE|
|Nov 24|| In-class KB discussions
||No Homework This Week|
|Dec 1|| Smart Grids, Distributed Generation, MicroGrids
|| Readings to download
microGrids (uGridIssueOvw.pdf introduces others)
Safety with Electric Power
|Electric Energy: An Introduction, Chapter 9, Safety, pp 218-233||HW 12 Final KB work, demonstrating to me your building of knowledge|
48 Hours; Due Thursday close of Burton Office at the latest.
Course Overview and Topics
The objective of this course is to introduce students to electric power systems, and to the broader issues of energy policy and complex systems analysis. Through the material presented in this course, students will learn:
ABET Outcomes for EGR 325
For students' Books of Evidence, the following ABET outcomes can be achieved by every student taking EGR 325. Note that this is a shared responsibility between the course professor and each student. If you do not understand how or when these outcomes are being addressed through the course material, be sure to come to office hours (while there are still many weeks remaining in the semester). If populating your BoEs is left until the end of the semester, it could be too late to achieve all you had planned.
Course Concept Map
The concept map will be used throughout the semester to bring together the course topics, and modeling and analysis techniques.
The syllabus lists the reading for each class period. Students are expected to do the reading before coming to class, in order to be fully prepared to solidify the material in the class period. Note that this does not mean every word of every reading needs to be carefully read. Each student needs to read about and ponder enough of the issues to be able to contribute to class discussion and the class learning.
Assginments also include participation in Knowledge Building (via Knowledge Forum, online) which allows for out-of-class discussion and learning to occur in a continuous and self-guided manner. Use and assessment of KF will evolve over the course of the semester.
There will be almost-weekly homework assignments, collective knowledge building work, one midterm exam and a final take home exam.
Written homework format
All mathematical homework solutions must be written on standard engineering paper in the standard Picker Engineering homework format. Short essay questions should be typed and printed out. Homework from computer simulation tools should be typed, with graphs from the computer models pasted into a Word (or similar) document, and clearly explained. Students are encouraged to work together to understand the concepts, but each student must hand in her own solutions. All assignments are to be neatly written or typed, and stapled, with your name and date. Note that students are expected to follow the Honor Code for all work in this course. Copying on homework or quizzes/exams, and other violations will be brought to the honor board.
The purpose of the homework is for you to have the opportunity to practice - practice - practice the skills and concepts from class, and to think about the policy and societal questions beyond class discussions. Since homework is the time to practice, you are not expected to have perfects solutions at all times. You are expected to do your best work for each problem however. In recognition of these goals, each homework problem, as well as participation in Knowledge Forum, will be evaluated with the following 10 point scale as a guide:
Essays and discussion questions will be graded as ✓, ✓- or ✓+
Students are required to attend class and participate in class discussions and problem solving exercises. This means that you must be in class and come prepared to participate in the discussions to receive full credit for this portion of the course.
Grades in this course are designed to represent your achievement of the objectives and student ABET outcomes. The course components that will make up your grade are listed below.
|Homework (separate from KF)||
|Knowledge Building work||
All homework assignments are to be submitted at the time specified; late assignments will be penalized at the rate of one point per minute unless you have requested and received and extension at least 24 hours before the deadline. However, each student will have a total of 1 hour (60 minutes) grace time to be used as desired by that student over the course of the semester, such that you can have a semester total of 60 tardy minutes for homework and labs without penalty (note that these minutes cannot be used for in-class reading questions, quizzes or exams).
Knowledge Forum participation must be on an on-going basis, so that all class participants have plenty of time to see, read and respond to your notes, thoughts and responses. Notes need to be posted well in advance of class time to allow everyone to read and process all the notes. This means, with class starting at 10am, initial postings should be made by dinnner time (6pm) the evening before class so that everyone will have the opportunity to read and respond to each others' notes, and gather thoughts for class.
The homework assignments that you submit must be your own work. You are encouraged to discuss the problems and essay questions with your classmates and work on them together, but each student must work out her own answers. It is not okay to copy answers from another student's homework - doing so is a violation of the Honor Code. Note that it is a violation of the honor code to 1) use or copy another student's work, and 2) provide another student with your work. Projects will be done in small groups. Exams must be exclusively each student's own work, following the instructions provided with each exam. Do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have concerning the honor code!