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The computer simulation as well as theoretical and experimental aspects of our research work are done in the EPPEC Laboratories facilities at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in Illinois Institute of Technology. These laboratories are well equipped and provide sophisticated instrumentation, test equipment, microprocessor hardware and software development, and a collection of commercial software packages.

The specialized knowledge of the faculty as well as our facilities with state of the art technology and support of Grainger Electric Power Laboratories and Illinois Institute of Technology are among other features that facilitate the progress and successful completion of the research projects.

Machinery Laboratory
The Machinery Laboratory focuses on teaching the fundamentals of power engineering. This focuses on the following areas: review of three phase circuit analysis, principles of electromechanical energy conversion, fundamentals of the operation of transformers, DC machines, synchronous machines, induction machines, and fractional horsepower machines. Introduction to electronic motor drives. Introduction to power network models. The per unit system. Newton-Raphson power flow. Symmetrical three phase faults.

The laboratory includes the operation, analysis, and performance of transformers, motors, and generators. The laboratory experiments also involve the use of PC based software applied to power engineering analysis and design.

Grainger Power Electronics Teaching Laboratory
There is a rapidly growing demand towards power electronic converters/systems in different high-tech applications. These applications include the well-known switching power supplies, personal computers, UPS systems, modern industrial automation systems, home appliances, and flexible AC transmission systems. They also include some less well-known applications such as robotics, telecommunication systems, electronic drives, VLSI, active filters, computerized control systems, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and cordless drives. More
Grainger Electric Motor Drives Teaching Laboratory
One of the fastest growing areas in engineering and technology is motor drives and their power electronic converters. Electric motor drives enable smarter utilization of electric and electronic systems. Such motor drives, in turn, help create a demand for increased use of electric and electronic systems. Motor drives and their power electronic converters are facilitating electric power transfer systems, which are replacing conventional mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic power transfer systems. They are used in a broad variety of applications from low-power home appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioning, hand power tools, and cordless drives, robots, fitness machines, and medical instrumentation, to medium-power automotive applications such as electric power steering, active suspension, brake by wire, starter/alternator, and anti-lock braking systems, to high-power industrial motor drives and automation systems, electric and hybrid electric cars, propulsion systems for trains and locomotives, mass transit, movers, machine tools, elevators, pumps, and compressors. For all these applications, motor drives and their power electronic converters have real and significant potential for improving efficiency, reliability, performance, and safety. More
Grainger Special Electric Machines Laboratory (To be completed by 2006)
Grainger Advanced Power Engineering Laboratory (To be completed by 2006)

Power Systems Teaching Laboratory

The Power Systems Laboratory includes the following specialized research and training equipment:

Alstom ESCA Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS):

Alstom ESCA is a major worldwide vendor of Energy Management System software for the electric power industry. The Alstom ESCA Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS) has all the functionality of actual control center software with the addition of a power system simulator that provides simulated signals to the control center software. An entire "real-time simulation'' can be hosted on Alstom ESCA's DTS. As the power system evolves in time, the DTS will provide all the signals that a dispatcher would receive in an actual control center.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) PSAPACK:

The EPRI Power System Analysis Package (PSAPACK) is used by utilities and government/academic research laboratories to study large-scale electric power systems. EPRI's PSAPACK includes the following industrial-grade simulation suites:

  • IPFLOW: Interactive Power Flow
  • SSSP: Small-Signal Stability Program
  • ETMSP: Extended-Transient and Mid-term Stability Program
  • DIRECT: Direct Method Transient Stability Program
  • LTS: Long-term Stability Program
  • VSTAB: Voltage Stability
2005 Electric Power and Power Electronics Center at Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60616-3793
Updated on May 26, 2006