The intention of this course is to show how many types of motors are turned on and off. A number of different AC motors are looked at, and ways to start and stop them are addressed. Reversing techniques are also addressed. Then various Electronic techniques for controlling motors are addressed. Both Alternating Current motors and Direct Current motors are covered. All in all, this is a very nice coverage of a subject that is often overlooked in our educational systems.
This course was designed for electrical engineers as well as engineers of other disciplines. Electrical engineers will have a deeper understanding of how motors are controlled. Engineers from other disciplines will get an idea of the problems faced by the people responsible for making their facilities and plants run properly. This will help engineers understand each other’s special problems. The more that we, as engineers, understand the problems faced by other engineers, the better that we will be able to do our specific jobs.
There is very little math involved in doing this course. It is mainly an explanation of how various kinds of starters and speed controls work. Many schematic drawings are included to help engineers understand how the devices that are covered work.
It would be almost impossible to cover all of the various motion control devices out here in the industrial world. I have attempted to give a good overview of the most common devices that I have been exposed to in 25 years of industrial experience.
The student must take a multiple choice quiz consisting of 20 questions at the end of the course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- How NEMA starters and controls, including reversing starters are used and applied
- Reduced voltage starters including Wye-Delta starters and autotransformer starters
- Solid state reduced voltage starters including soft starts
- Classical DC motor starters
- DC drives
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