Text Box: Power, Power Electronics and Motor Drives Lab

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

UWP pioneers on electronics, power, controls and computer engineering.

Major updates in recent† years
4 sets of LabVolt electromechanical training system with Power Electronics add-ons
1 set of LabVolt Vector Controlled Drive Module
3 sets of Tektronix TPS 2000 power oscilloscope with current sensors
1 set of STR750 microcontroller motor drive kit and additional induction motor
1 set of LabVolt Relay Protection† Training System
4 sets of LabVolt Power Semiconductor Training Board.
8 sets of new Power Testing Benches
5 new DC Power Supply (upto 60V 3A)
4 sets of Power-Pole DC/DC Converter testing board
4 sets of Danfoss 1.1kW variable frequency AC drives
New Hampden Power Distribution System (120V 70A AC, 480V 40A AC, 250V DC)

Older Equipments (15-30 years old)
3 sets of Hampden 3hp induction machine. (Dated but usable)
3 sets of Hampden 3hp synchronous machine. (Dated but usable)
3 sets of Hampden 3hp DC† machine. (Dated but usable)
1 set of Hampden RLC three-phase load. (Dated but usable)
3 sets of Hampden 3-phase auto-transformer (Out of date)
3 sets of power scopes (Dated but usable)
3 sets of power analyzer (Out of date)
3 sets of 60V, 9A DC power supply (In good condition)
3 sets of Hampden SCR training system (Out of date)
1 set of 250V 15A DC Generator (Dated but in good condition)

Future updating plan
1 more set of LabVolt electromechanical training system with power electronics add-on
1 set of AC linear motor
2 sets of step motor and the related controller
2 sets of switch reluctant motor and the related controller
3 sets of brushless DC motor and the related controller
3 sets of permanent magnet synchronous motor and the related controller
3 sets of permanent magnet DC motor and the related controller
4 sets of motor assembly kit
3 more sets of Tektronix TPS 2000 power Oscilloscope
8 function generators
Multi-user licenses for the power electronics and motor drives simulation systems

The new power lab is located in the new engineering hall at Room 340. It is divided into 3 sub sections: General Power lab, Power Electronics Lab and Motor Drives Lab. Some lab improvement fund will be available to support the power lab updating plan. However, we still need additional supports to reach our goal. Individuals or companies who are interested in supporting all or part of the power lab updating plan are greatly appreciated. The naming rights for individual benches, general power lab, power electronics lab and motor drives lab are open for discussion.

A new renewable energy lab will also be built in the new engineering hall to support the future engineering minor in renewable energy. This new lab will be a great addition to the Power and Energy emphasis of our EE program.

 

 

Lab Contact
Dr. Xiaomin Kou
Phone: 608-3421654
email: koux@uwplatt.edu

Senior Student Sean Glaser was demonstrating the three-phase transformer relay protection techniques to students enrolled in EE3410 Introduction to Power System class. The transformer inrush current was shown and itís influence to the protection system was demonstrated. Transformer phase-to-ground fault was injected to the system and the faulty over-current was picked up by the current transformers resulting the tripping action of the relays to protect the three-phase transformer.

The Front Panel of the New Hampden Power Distribution System.

Students working on lab projects using the LabVolt EMS training system. This system allows student performing lab projects involving the single-phase/three-phase AC network, transformer, synchronous machine, induction machine, dc machine and other fundamental power devices. Computer data acquisition is available and specially designed metering software made it an ideal testing platform for undergraduate education.

Selected Modules of the LabVolt EMS Training System

The picture shows an embedded brushless motor drive testing bench thatís under development for the motor drives and power electronics related education. Mr. Nicholas David, 2008-2009 pioneer-undergraduate-research-fellow, worked on this system under the guidance of his academic advisor Dr. Kou.