Engineering Professional Development Short Courses

WEMPEC professors work with UW-Madison’s Department of Engineering Professional Development to help provide many continued education short courses relating to their areas of expertise. WEMPEC sponsoring companies qualify for a discount rate on these courses – click here to learn how to become a sponsor.

2017

new AC Machine Design Fundamentals

April 4-6, 2017
Madison, WI


Through a building-block teaching approach, you will develop a basic understanding of AC electric machine design. By learning the core concepts of electromagnetic laws for machine design, magnetic circuit calculations, loss mechanisms, analytical design techniques, and other essential topics, you will improve your skills, and ultimately, your work. Recent developments in AC electric machine design also will be covered in this course.

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new Introduction to Electrical Energy Storage - Batteries, Chargers, and Applications

April 11-13, 2017
Madison, WI


During this course, you will learn :

  • Understand batteries’ basic chemistry
  • Identify the advantage and disadvantages of using alternative battery types
  • Understand the figure of merits, energy, and power density limits of each electrical energy storage component type
  • Examine battery testing standards, battery charging systems and state of charge measurement techniques
  • Learn about hybrid systems using batteries
  • Understand safety and second-life use of batteries
  • Learn about a variety of applications such as automotive and grid-energy storage systems

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new Power Electronics Design Boot Camp

June 6-8, 2017
Madison, WI

You will learn to master critical subjects for effective design of power electronics, like EMI/EMC, thermal, and reliability design and selection. Expert instructors in the field will teach you to analyze and control power electronic design. They will also expose you to new power electronic devices like Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices.

Who should attend?

This course will be informative for persons working in the area of power electronics design, research, and development.

  • Electrical engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • System engineers
  • Program managers
  • Project engineers
  • Technical leaders
  • System integrators

Participants should already have some basic acquaintance with power electronics fundamentals and will stress intermediate to advanced subjects. You should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related science or the equivalent amount of industrial experience.

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new Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Boot Camp

June 13-15, 2017
Madison, WI


During this course, you will learn :

  • Hybridization levels and types (micro, mild, full, plug-in, and extended range hybrid vehicles, and battery electric vehicle)
  • Driving cycles and fuel economy test methods
  • Traction motor and generator choices and pro’s and con’s
  • Critical concepts such as field weakening and fault tolerance
  • Traction drive power electronics and dc/dc converters
  • Batteries and supercapacitors for traction applications
  • Battery management and battery-charging systems including wireless charging
  • Vehicle dynamics, driving cycles, and torque and power performance requirements
  • Subjects such as new wide bandgap switching devices (SiC and GaN) for traction applications
  • Turbo and super charging using electric motors

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new Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives: Principles, Design and Applications

June 27-29, 2017
Madison, WI

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of permanent magnet AC machines, including the basics and major topologies, how to design permanent magnet machines, and much more. Learn the various applications of PM machines, the fundamentals of synchronous machines and machine modeling, and the major PM machine topologies.

Who should attend?

Engineers involved in:

  • Electric machine design
  • All modes of vehicular propulsion
  • Wind and renewable power generation
  • High-performance motion control
  • Elevators and cranes
  • HVAC equipment
  • White goods and appliances

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Past Courses

2017

new Introduction to Electric Machines and Drives

March 14-16, 2017
Madison, WI


In the last 30 years, the introduction of power electronic drives with motors has led to new design opportunities. The increased integration of these drives and machines has triggered a quantum leap in productivity, efficiency and system performance.

This practical, hands-on course will give you a solid introduction to this rapidly expanding field under the guidance of industry experts.

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2016

new Permanent Magnet Machine Design Boot Camp – Internal PM, Surface PM, and Brushless DC

November 1-4, 2016
Madison, WI


During this course, you will learn :

  • Types and characteristics of permanent magnets
  • Recent advancements and trends in permanent magnet technology
  • Pros and cons of each permanent magnet type for PM machines
  • Equivalent circuit for permanent magnets
  • Detail design equations of surface PM, internal PM, brushless DC machine, and PM assisted synchronous machines
  • Special topics on axial flux PM machines and PM flux switching machines
  • PM machine applications and tear down studies
  • Finite element of PM Machines
  • Cooling, vibration, and manufacturing of PM machines
  • PM machine design for loss minimization and self-sensing

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 Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices
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Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices

September 27, 2016
Madison, WI


During this course, you will :

  • Understand basics of electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC)
  • Learn the different noise coupling mechanisms
  • Learn fundamentals of conducted and radiated emissions and susceptibility
  • Learn EMI filter design and other mitigating solutions
  • Understand circuit board layout and mechanical packaging considerations for EMI/EMC compliant designs
  • Understand differential and common mode current paths and mitigating techniques
  • Learn bonding, lightning, and shielding for total solution of product and system design
  • Become familiar with specifications, standards, and testing including DO 160
  • Learn application of EMI/EMC to power electronic drives

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Introduction to Power Electronics
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Introduction to Power Electronics

September 13-15, 2016
Madison, WI


During this course, you will :

  • Gain a solid introduction to this emerging and rapidly growing field
  • Learn with a building-block approach filled with applications-specific examples
  • Engage with hands-on demonstrations and a simulation lab

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Dynamics
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Dynamics & Control of AC Drives

August 2-5, 2016
Madison, WI

During this course you will:

  • Understand the principles of modern ac drives, including PM and reluctance machines
  • Understand the modes of interaction between ac motors and power conversion systems, including dynamic stability issues
  • Learn how to control ac machines, including the principles of field orientation and direct torque control
  • Learn how to model and simulate ac motor/drive systems
  • Learn how to use modern control theory to design controllers that minimize or eliminate dynamic interactions in drive systems
  • Understand the performance of sensorless control methods for ac drives
  • Understand the causes and mitigation of drive-induced machine bearing currents and insulation stress
  • Learn about drive input power quality issues, including harmonics and voltage sags

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new Introduction to Electric Motors and Power Transformers: Applications and Principles of Operation

 

July 25-28, 2016
Madison, WI

During this course you will:

  • Learn practical information about the two most important types of electrical equipment
  • Learn how to apply, specify, operate, maintain, or engineer the installation of power transformers or electric motors and associated equipment in an industrial, commercial, institutional, or electric utility setting

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new Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Boot Camp

June 21-23, 2016
Madison, WI

Upon completion of the course, you will understand:

  • Hybridization levels and types (micro, mild, full, plug-in, and extended range hybrid vehicles, and battery electric vehicle)
  • Driving cycles and fuel economy test methods
  • Traction motor and generator choices and pro’s and con’s
  • Critical concepts such as field weakening and fault tolerance
  • Traction drive power electronics and dc/dc converters
  • Batteries and supercapacitors for traction applications
  • Battery management and battery-charging systems including wireless charging
  • Vehicle dynamics, driving cycles, and torque and power performance requirements
  • Subjects such as new wide bandgap switching devices (SiC and GaN) for traction applications
  • Turbo and super charging using electric motors

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Introduction to electric machines and drives
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Introduction to Electric Machines and Drives

March 16-18, 2016
Madison, WI

During this course, you will
  • Learn from recognized machines and drives experts
  • Gain a solid introduction to the rapidly expanding field
  • Gain well-founded fundamentals
  • Experience practical application examples and in-class demonstrations
  • Learn the basics of electromechanical energy conversion, machine theory, power electronic drives and elementary AC drive controls

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Introduction to Electrical Energy Storage Devices and Systems
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Introduction to Electrical Energy Storage Devices and Systems - Batteries, Supercapacitors, Chargers, and Applications

April 5-7, 2016
Madison, WI

During this course, you will

  • Understand the basic chemistries of batteries and supercapacitors
  • Understand the differences, advantages, disadvantages of using alternative battery types
  • Understand the figure of merits, energy and power density limits of each electrical energy storage component type
  • Learn battery testing standards
  • Learn battery charging systems and state of measurement techniques
  • Learn about hybrid systems using batteries and supercapacitors and future technologies
  • Understand about safety and second-life use of batteries
  • Learn about a variety of applications such as automotive and grid-energy storage systems
  • Learn about future research directions

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AC Machine Design Fundamentals
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new AC Machine Design Fundamentals - Induction Motors, PM Motors, Mechanical Design, Thermal Design, and FEA Examples

April 19-21, 2016
Madison, WI

During this course, you will :

  • Understand basics of electromagnetic laws applicable to machine design
  • Learn magnetic circuit calculations
  • Learn the definition and usage of permeance, reluctance, MMF, and inductances
  • Learn different type of winding designs included concentrated and distributed windings.
  • Learn the terminology such as winding factors, distribution factors, Carter coefficient, pitch factor
  • Learn fundamentals of loss mechanisms – Copper, core, and windage losses
  • Learn sizing equations
  • Learn practical calculations for machine design
  • Explore simulation and analysis using FEA

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Fundamentals of Solar Power Plant Design

May 10-13, 2016
Tucson, AZ

During this course you will:

  • Know the basics of photovoltaic energy
  • Understand solar energy site assessment and planning
  • Appreciate the fundamentals of power generation and delivery
  • Identify what comprises a solar cell and solar panel
  • Be able to explain the components of a solar power plant including the collector
  • Appreciate the function of the inverter for interconnection and power flow control
  • Understand the role of geotechnical testing and planning of the mounting system
  • Navigate the complexities of interconnection requirements and issues
  • Understand the impacts of PV energy on distribution feeders
  • Appreciate the impacts of increasing PV energy on the bulk power system

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new Power Electronics Design Boot Camp -- Electrical, Thermal, EMI, Reliability, and New Devices

June 7-9, 2016
Madison, WI

Overview of the course:

  • Learn to master critical subjects for effective design of power electronics, like EMI/EMC, thermal, and reliability design and selection
  • Expert instructors in the field will teach you to analyze and control power electronic design
  • Expose you to new power electronic devices like Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices
  • This course will be informative for persons working in the area of power electronics design, research, and development

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2015

Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives
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Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives: Principles, Design and Applications

August 4-6, 2015
Madison, WI

During this course you will:

  • Learn about the current applications and future trends of permanent magnet ac machines
  • Review the principles of permanent magnet ac machines, including the basics and the major topologies
  • Examine the techniques and tools for designing permanent magnet ac machines, including thermal and structural considerations
  • Learn how to control permanent magnet machines, including the principles of field orientation, direct torque control, current regulators, and flux-weakening
  • Study the performance of self-sensing control methods for permanent magnet ac machines
  • Learn how to model and simulate the machine/drive system with examples in Matlab/Simulink
  • Learn about the fault modes of permanent magnet ac machines and techniques for minimizing their impact on drive performance.

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 Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices
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Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices

October 20-22, 2015
Madison, WI


During this course, you will :

  • Understand basics of electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC)
  • Learn the different noise coupling mechanisms
  • Learn fundamentals of conducted and radiated emissions and susceptibility
  • Learn EMI filter design and other mitigating solutions
  • Understand circuit board layout and mechanical packaging considerations for EMI/EMC compliant designs
  • Understand differential and common mode current paths and mitigating techniques
  • Learn bonding, lightning, and shielding for total solution of product and system design
  • Become familiar with specifications, standards, and testing including DO 160
  • Learn application of EMI/EMC to power electronic drives

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 Permanent magnet machine design boot camp
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new Permanent Magnet Machine Design Boot Camp – Internal PM, Surface PM, and Brushless DC

Nov 3-6, 2015
Madison, WI


During this course, you will learn :

  • Types and characteristics of permanent magnets
  • Recent advancements and trends in permanent magnet technology
  • Pros and cons of each permanent magnet type for PM machines
  • Equivalent circuit for permanent magnets
  • Detail design equations of surface PM, internal PM, brushless DC machine, and PM assisted synchronous machines
  • Special topics on axial flux PM machines and PM flux switching machines
  • PM machine applications and tear down studies
  • Finite element of PM Machines
  • Cooling, vibration, and manufacturing of PM machines
  • PM machine design for loss minimization and self-sensing
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2014

 Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices
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Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices

Oct 21-23, 2014
Madison, WI


During this course, you will :

  • Understand basics of electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC)
  • Learn the different noise coupling mechanisms
  • Learn fundamentals of conducted and radiated emissions and susceptibility
  • Learn EMI filter design and other mitigating solutions
  • Understand circuit board layout and mechanical packaging considerations for EMI/EMC compliant designs
  • Understand differential and common mode current paths and mitigating techniques
  • Learn bonding, lightning, and shielding for total solution of product and system design
  • Become familiar with specifications, standards, and testing including DO 160
  • Learn application of EMI/EMC to power electronic drives

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 Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) and Best Practices
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new Permanent Magnet Machine Design Boot Camp – Internal PM, Surface PM, and Brushless DC

Nov 11-14, 2014
Madison, WI


During this course, you will learn :

  • Types and characteristics of permanent magnets
  • Recent advancements and trends in permanent magnet technology
  • Pros and cons of each permanent magnet type for PM machines
  • Equivalent circuit for permanent magnets
  • Detail design equations of surface PM, internal PM, brushless DC machine, and PM assisted synchronous machines
  • Special topics on axial flux PM machines and PM flux switching machines
  • PM machine applications and tear down studies
  • Finite element of PM Machines
  • Cooling, vibration, and manufacturing of PM machines
  • PM machine design for loss minimization and self-sensing

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Fundamentals of Solar Power Plant Deisgn Click image to view the brochure.

Fundamentals of Solar Power Plant Design

June 24-26, 2014
Madison, WI

During this course you will:

  • Know the basics of photovoltaic energy
  • Understand solar energy site assessment and planning
  • Appreciate the fundamentals of power generation and delivery
  • Identify what comprises a solar cell and solar panel
  • Be able to explain the components of a solar power plant including the collector
  • Appreciate the function of the inverter for interconnection and power flow control
  • Understand the role of geotechnical testing and planning of the mounting system
  • Navigate the complexities of interconnection requirements and issues
  • Understand the impacts of PV energy on distribution feeders
  • Appreciate the impacts of increasing PV energy on the bulk power system

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Introduction to electric machines and drives
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Introduction to Electric Machines and Drives

June 3-5, 2014
Madison, WI


During this course, you will :

  • Learn from recognized machines and drives experts
  • Gain a solid introduction to the rapidly expanding field
  • Gain well-founded fundamentals
  • Experience practical application examples and in-class demonstrations
  • Learn the basics of electromechanical energy conversion, machine theory, power electronic drives and elementary AC drive controls

View Course Homepage


Introduction to Power Electronics
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Introduction to Power Electronics

April 23-25, 2014
Madison, WI


During this course, you will :

  • Gain a solid introduction to this emerging and rapidly growing field
  • Learn with a building-block approach filled with applications-specific examples
  • Engage with hands-on demonstrations and a simulation lab

View Course Homepage