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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

AC Motor Designs

In module 1 you will learn principles of operation of AC induction motors, both single and 3-phase types. You well then learn how to interpret data from torque speed curves, and how to optimize data in these curves based on electrical resistance, inductance, and capacitance. Then you will learn about different types of single phase motors, featuring a video analysis of a split phase motor used in a clothing dryer. You will also learn about typical applications for single phase motors, which will assist you in picking the right one for an application.

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8 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2: Three-phase AC Motor Architecture6m
3: Torque-speed Curves6m
4: Wound Rotor and Synchronous Motors6m
5: Single Phase AC Motors2m
6: Split Phase Motor9m
7: Capacitor Start and Shaded Pole Motors5m
8: Universal and Gear Motors11m
2 readings
Reading Assignments2h
Video Assignments1h
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

AC Motor Control

In module 2 you will learn the details of AC motor specifications and enclosures, as well as how these details are governed by national and international design standards. Then you will learn a detailed methodology for researching design requirements for AC motors, and how to use these requirements to pick the right motor for your needs. Afterwards, you will have lessons on AC motor control components and systems, both manual and automatic. This will culminate in training for you on AC variable speed drives.

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8 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2. AC Motor Specifications11m
3. AC Motor Enclosures11m
4. Specifying an AC Motor for an Application16m
5. AC Motor Control Components6m
6. Manual Motor Starting Systems4m
7. Star/Delta Motor Starter Systems6m
8. AC Variable Speed Drives7m
2 readings
Reading Assignments2h
Video Assignments1h
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3
6 hours to complete

DC Motors

In module 3 you will learn principles of DC motors, traditional brushed motors, as well as electronically driven brushless motors. We will discuss shunt wound, series wound, compound wound, servo, stepper, and torque motors, with detailed explanation of how commutation and control is implemented in these designs. We will have a lab exercise for you on DC motor speed measurement. We will have another video analysis for you, this time featuring teardown of a paper shredder. Then you will learn a detailed methodology for researching design requirements for DC motors, and how to use these requirements to pick the right motor for your needs.

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9 videos (Total 77 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
2. DC Motor Principle of Operation5m
3. Brushed DC Motors6m
4. Shunt, Series, and Compound Wound Motors7m
5. Brushless DC Motors7m
6. Driving a brushless DC motor12m
7. Commutation11m
8. Paper Shredder Teardown15m
9. Specifying a DC Motor8m
2 readings
Reading Assignments3h
Video Assignments1h
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz20m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

DC Motor Control and Stepper Motors

In module 4 you will start off with another lab exercise, this time gaining hands-on experience with DC motor control. The we will illustrate a simplified stepper motor drive, so you will understand the basic principles involved in stepper motor control. Next, you will do a deep dive into stepper motor specs, operation and commercial driver chips and packages. You will then do another lab exercise, this time on actuating a rotary sensor. We end the module with a comparison of DC vs. AC motors, so you take away a core understanding of their pros and cons.

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8 videos (Total 78 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
2. Lab Exercise on Motor Voltage and Current Measurement24m
3. Stepper Motor Principles of Operation8m
4. Illustrative Example of a Stepper Motor Drive6m
5. Stepper Motor Specs and Operation9m
6. Commercial Stepper Motor Driver Chips and Packages8m
7. Lab Exercise on Rotary Sensor13m
8. DC vs. AC Motors5m
3 readings
Hardware Needed to Do Course Projects Based on This Module10m
Reading Assignments2h
Video Assignments1h
3 practice exercises
Lecture 2 Pre-Quiz
Video 7 Pre-Quiz
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top reviews from Motors and Motor Control Circuits

By MCMar 6th 2019

This course is a fantastic review or introduction to AC and DC motors. I highly recommend it to anyone in automation or robotic controls.

By MDFeb 8th 2019

it is one of best courses about motors\n\nthanks for instructors

Instructors

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Jay Mendelson

Instructor
Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
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James Zweighaft

Instructor
Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering

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