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ERIC Number: EJ985498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
A Training Tool and Methodology to Allow Concurrent Multidisciplinary Experimental Projects in Engineering Education
Maseda, F. J.; Martija, I.; Martija, I.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v55 n3 p357-364 Aug 2012
This paper describes a novel Electrical Machine and Power Electronic Training Tool (EM&PE[subscript TT]), a methodology for using it, and associated experimental educational activities. The training tool is implemented by recreating a whole power electronics system, divided into modular blocks. This process is similar to that applied when analyzing a piece of industrial equipment by the functions of its various parts. The EM&PE[subscript TT] is divided into five areas: the power block, the electronic switch command, instrumentation, the control system, and the application environment. The training tool lets a user analyze each functional block and the relationships between functional blocks; it can be used either in local or remote mode, thus ensuring optimal effectiveness of the proposed learning methodology. The students can redesign the hardware and software blocks before reassembling them; this allows various different experimental projects to be run concurrently in the same training tool. The results presented here show that EM&PE[subscript TT] improves engineering students' technical skills and their motivation in experimental work. (Contains 14 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain