Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

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  • Offers a concise explanation of the fundamentals of electrical engineering
  • Integrates coverage of practical applications and theoretical fundamentals
  • Maintains mathematical and scientific rigor to the point that it remains useful in real-world applications

Summary

Real-world engineering problems are rarely, if ever, neatly divided into mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, and other categories. Engineers from all disciplines eventually encounter computer and electronic controls and instrumentation, which require at least a basic knowledge of electrical and other engineering specialties, as well as associated economics, and environmental, political, and social issues.

Co-authored by Charles Gross—one of the most well-known and respected professors in the field of electric machines and power engineering—and his world-renowned colleague Thad Roppel, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering provides an overview of the profession for engineering professionals and students whose specialization lies in areas other than electrical. For instance, civil engineers must contend with commercial electrical service and lighting design issues. Mechanical engineers have to deal with motors in HVAC applications, and chemical engineers are forced to handle problems involving process control.

Simple and easy-to-use, yet more than sufficient in rigor and coverage of fundamental concepts, this resource teaches EE fundamentals but omits the typical analytical methods that hold little relevance for the audience. The authors provide many examples to illustrate concepts, as well as homework problems to help readers understand and apply presented material.

In many cases, courses for non-electrical engineers, or non-EEs, have presented watered-down classical EE material, resulting in unpopular courses that students hate and senior faculty members understandingly avoid teaching. To remedy this situation—and create more well-rounded practitioners—the authors focus on the true EE needs of non-EEs, as determined through their own teaching experience, as well as significant input from non-EE faculty. The book provides several important contemporary interdisciplinary examples to support this approach. The result is a full-color modern narrative that bridges the various EE and non-EE curricula and serves as a truly relevant course that students and faculty can both enjoy.

Table of Contents

What Is Engineering?
A Brief History of Engineering
Engineering as a Profession
Engineering Education
Standards and Codes
Use of Numbers in Engineering

Electrical Circuit Concepts
Charge, Current, Voltage, Power, and Energy
Kirchhoff’s Laws
The Ideal Circuit Elements
The dc Mode
The ac Mode
The Periodic Mode
The Transient Mode
A dc Application: An Automotive Electrical System
An ac Example Application: The U.S. Residential Electrical System

Electrical Energy
Natural Sources of Electricity
Electromagnetic-Mechanical (EMM) Energy Conversion
Thermal Prime Movers
Nonthermal Prime Movers
Chemical to Electric Energy Conversion
Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
Thermal to Electric Energy Conversion

Electrical Generation and Transmission
Polyphase ac Circuits
The Balanced Three-Phase Circuit
The Traditional ac Generator: The Three-Phase Synchronous Machine
The Pumped Storage Application
Some Basic Magnetics
Power Transformers
Power Transmission Lines

Electrical Loads
Modeling Loads
Electric Heating
Electric Lighting
Electric Motors
An Example Application: The Elevator
An Example Application: High-Speed Rail (HSR)
An Example Application: The Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Semiconductor Devices
Semiconductor Fundamentals
Diodes
Transistors: An Overview
The Field Effect Transistor (FET)
The Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT)
Integrated Circuits
Data Sheets

Sensors and Instrumentation
Mechanical Sensors: Accelerometers and Strain Gauges
Acoustic Sensors: Microphones and Sonar
Optical Sensors: IR Sensors and Photoresistors
Thermal Sensors: Thermocouples, Thermistors, RTDs, and PTATs
Sensor Interfacing: Bridges, Op-Amps, ADC, and DAC

Digital Logic
Binary Arithmetic and Boolean Algebra
Logic Circuits
Programming Languages
Programmable Logic Controllers
Microcontrollers
Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and Digital Media Processors (DMPs)

Robots
Industrial Robots: Classification and Terminology
Industrial Robots: Safety
Industrial Robots: Programming
Mobile Robots

Appendix A: Units and Conversion Factors
Appendix B: Data Sheet for SN7400 Series TTL NAND Gate

Index

Most chapters include a summary, references, and problems.

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