Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Electrical Power Engineering Fundamentals
Iowa State Course Substitution
Introduction to Circuits and Instruments
E E 442
COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.
After the student has passed this subject, he/she will be able to:
- Describe the basic aspects of the structure and operation of electric circuits and power systems (single- and threephase), employing a proper wording and terminology, in terms of their fundamental variables: voltages, currents,
power, impedances, and power factor.
- Analyze whatever electrical circuit in steady-state, calculating voltages, currents and power in each element, using
systematic methods (nodal analysis, mesh analysis) as well as non-systematic ones (circuit reduction, grouping of
elements, etc). Also he/she will be able to describe the behaviour of any dipole by substituting the balance of the
circuit by its Thevenin or Norton equivalent.
- Perform this type of analysis on any a.c. circuit at constant frequency, representing the corresponding magnitudes by
their associate complex phasors.
- Correctly choose and operate electrical instruments to carry out experimental measurements on a real circuit.
- Use the single-phase equivalent to analyze a simple balanced three-phase circuit, and correctly apply reactive power
compensation techniques by insertion of banks of capacitors.
DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME
* Introduction to the Electric Power Engineering
* Ideal- and real elements of circuits: resistance, inductance, capacitance, coupled inductances, voltage- and current
* Kirchhoff laws.
* Grouping of elements. Voltage and current divider.
* Mesh and nodal analysis of linear circuits
* Superposition principle. Thevenin's and Norton's theorems.
* Symbolic computation by means of complex phasors.
* Analysis of a.c. circuits
* Balanced three-phase circuits
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY
THEORY - AGGREGATE GROUPS
Theoretical concepts will be explained during lectures, based on slide presentations available on Aula
Global. Additional multimedia material could be provided during the course. It is highly recommendable
to read/hear/view the material before the class.
PRACTICE - SMALL GROUPS
The teacher will solve problems using the knowledge already presented in the previous lectures and
propose additional exercises to the students to practice during the class.
- Attendance is optional, but if you want to attend you need to inscribe in the group lists.
- There are three lab sessions:
¿ Basic concepts and DC systems
¿ AC systems
¿ Three-phase AC systems
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- Safety in the lab is a major issue. No one should turn on any devices without the supervision of
the laboratory teacher. Personal and partner¿s safety are the most important safety issues. Equipment
safety is also important. Safety rules and indications from the teacher must always be followed.
Breaking this rule may cause expulsion from the course.
- There is a lab report for every session. In this report, there is a part to be completed before the
lab session. Completion of this part is mandatory to get into the lab. All reports will be checked and
validated. Those who fail in this part won¿t be allowed in the lab.
- The exam consists on simple exercises about different aspects learnt during the lab sessions, i.
e. how to connect a voltmeter/ammeter, properly analyzing a waveform in an oscilloscope, delta/star
connection of three-phase loads and so on.
- The grade of the laboratory will be the grade of the exam. The lab reports will not be graded.
- Evaluation Date:
- December 13, 2019
- Long Que