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Project-Based Lab Teaching for Power Electronics and Drives

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3 Author(s)
Rui Hong Chu ; Sydney Univ., Sydney ; Lu, D.D.-C. ; Sathiakumar, S.

Project-based learning motivates students to learn actively, so it has been widely applied to many engineering subjects. However, the applications of this approach are limited in electric power courses because of the hazards associated with high voltage or mains voltage (240 V in Australia). This paper presents a project designed for a power electronics and drives course. In this project, students use a programmable intelligent computer (PIC) microcontroller and an H-bridge to design a control system for a real practical application, such as a washing machine, tram, or electric lift. Students gain hands-on experience, and also improve their skill in product development, self-directed learning, teamwork, and project management. Practical projects increase the challenge for students and, hence, their interest level. The project includes both hardware and software. Each part of the project and the student assessment are described here.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 1 )