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ECE Electric Drives Laboratory
Drives Laboratory is a state-of-the-art teaching/research laboratory for Electric Drives and Renewable Energy.
is utilized to deliver hands-on experiments and projects in electric machines, circuits,
power electronics, electric drives, power system and renewable energy. The
students become proficient in the use of industry-standard tools such as MATLAB/SIMULINK for electric drives
simulation and Opal-RT for real-time hardware-in-the-loop digital control.
There are six
Faraday standard laboratory workstations with each comprising laboratory
equipment such as function generators, oscilloscopes, frequency counter, high
performance DC power supplies, three-phase autotransformers, power electronics
converters, isolators, power meters, and multiple combinations of switches and
different types of electrical loads. A typical workbench setup is shown in the
hardware-in-the-loop electric drives digital control workstation
There are six Opal-RT real-time electric drives digital
control workstations with each comprising state-of-the-art equipment including
RT-LAB power electronics power processing unit, AC/DC electrical motors and
generators, digital encoder for speed measurement, current/voltage sensor
boards, FPGA card within Linux system, and latest version of MATLAB/SIMULINK and Opal-RT.
electric drives laboratory is also equipped with wind turbine generator and
solar panel stations. A lab-size stand-alone electrical power system with
distributed power with both traditional and renewable energy resources can be
set up in the lab. Students can gain hands-on experience with renewable energy through
specially designed instructional experiments. Advanced research projects can be
carried out to emulate a real electrical power system and to predict dynamic
behavior of the electrical power systems with high penetration of renewable
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