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.

2015

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

March 24-26, 2015
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

April 7-9, 2015
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

April 21-23, 2015
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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Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives: Principles, Design and Applications

Summer, 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.
  • Note: This course is not planned to run again until summer of 2013

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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

Summer/Fall, 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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 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

Fall, 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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2016


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Dynamics & Control of AC Drives

Summer, 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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Past Courses

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 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

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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

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