Power & Energy Labs

The Power Area has assembled some of the nation’s finest facilities for experimental and computer-based research and teaching. Both undergraduate and graduate students can take advantage of these facilities.

Grainger Power Engineering Software Laboratory

The Grainger Power Engineering Software Laboratory is located in room 4076 ECEB [Electrical and Computer Engineering Building]. The Software Laboratory has nine advanced personal computers.  All stations are connected to the campus network and Internet.

A major objective of the laboratory is to develop an extensive library of commercial software and large-scale databases for power area applications. Software is based on Windows 7. Some of the commercial software packages currently in use include:

  • Mathematica / Wolfram (advanced symbolic mathematics, fully integrated technical computing)
  • Mathcad / PTC (Industry standard for engineering calculations)
  • MATLAB / MathWorks (MATrix LAB, technical computing)
  • Simulink (Matlab package, graphical simulation, model based design, dynamic and embedded)
  • SimElectronics (Simulink Toolbox, Model and simulate electronic and electromechanical systems)
  • SimPowerSystems (Simulink Toolbox, Modeling and simulating electric power systems)
  • xPC Target (Simulink, Rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop)
  • PLECS (Simulink, fast simulation of electrical and power electronic circuits)
  • acslX(treme) / AEgis (general-purpose simulation environment)
  • LabVIEW (Visual programming language, lab bench dynamometer control program & gui)
  • PSS/E / Siemens PTI ( Power System Simulator for Engineering, electrical transmission)
  • RISKSYM / Henwood (package for energy market analysis)
  • PowerWorld (Power systems analysis, power market analysis, locational marginal price analysis)
  • Power System Tool Box (PST Version 2.0)
  • Dymola / Dassault (Dynamic Modeling Lab, multi-engineering modeling and simulation)
  • ANSYS / Ansoft (FEA finite element analysis modeling)
  • Maxwell (ANSYS, EM Field Simulation for High-Performance Electromechanical Design)
  • RMxprt (ANSYS, Design Software for Electric Machines)
  • Simplorer (ANSYS, simulation of electrical, electromechanical, electromagnetic, power, thermal)
  • Magsoft Flux 2-D (Electromagnetic and Thermal Physics Simulation)
  • OrCAD / Cadence (Schematic capture and PCB design)
  • Eagle / CadSoft (Schematic capture and PCB design)
  • SAM / NREL (System Advisor Model, PV Photovoltaic system cost estimation)
  • Altera Quartus & DSP Builder (FPGA software & Digital Signal Processing tool)
  • Agilent VEE (graphical programming environment for measurement and analysis)
  • Xilinx ISE (synthesis and analysis of HDL hardware description language design)
  • MPLAB IDE / Microchip (Integrated Development Environment for PIC programming)

Grainger Electrical Machinery Laboratory

The Grainger Electrical Machinery Laboratory is located in 4024 ECEB [Electrical and Computer Engineering Building]. This facility is primarily for undergraduate teaching, and is used for ECE 431 (Electric Machinery), ECE 469 (Power Electronics), many ECE 445 (Senior Design) groups, and student groups and projects, including Engineering Open House (EOH), Future Energy Challenge (FEC), Solar Decathlon (Solar House), Wide Impact Developmental Engineering (WIDE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Formula Electric Car, and Fuel Cell Electric Car. With many power and energy teaching labs cutting back on hardware and machines, or going totally software and virtual because of fiscal restraints, the Grainger lab has been able to maintain and increase our large inventory of test machines and equipment. Ten self-contained machinery workstations are available. Each has an integral horsepower machine set with a servo-based dynamometer. The lab benches were updated with new equipment for the academic year (2013/2014) including new digital watt meters, new oscilloscopes, new signal generators, new power supplies, and speed / torque displays. The equipment is suitable for the study of induction, synchronous, and DC machines.  Small portable machine sets are used to introduce stepper motors and brushless DC machines. Transformers, resistor boxes, capacitor boxes, SCR, and power FET units are provided to support a full range of experiments in all aspects of power and power electronics. The facility has a dedicated three-phase supply 120/208 Vac (150 kVA) and 240 Vdc (+/- 120 Vdc) 80 A rectifier.

Advanced Power Applications Laboratory

The Power and Energy Systems Area has an Advanced Power Applications Lab in 4020 ECEB. This research lab has two motor test benches with precision dynamometers and a third new high horse power test bed. These benches can access 208 Vac 3-phase, 480 Vac 3-phase, and 240 Vdc. This laboratory serves as a graduate research facility for all hardware aspects of power electronics, machines, and power systems. Additional equipment is available for the study of harmonic effects, high-performance switching converters, and digitally-controlled converters / drives. Computers are available throughout the laboratory for automation of experiments using LabVIEW and Matlab / Simulink / Real-Time Toolbox. This fourth floor lab has direct access to the roof to allow for solar panel, wind turbine, and weather station placement and had a total of 25 lab benches.

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