Embedding Remote Experimentation in Power Engineering Education

Mihaela M. Albu, Keith Holbert, Gerald Thomas Heydt, Sorin Dan Grigorescu, Vasile Truşcǎ

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Abstract

Engineering education by its nature is a costly program in university environments. Perhaps the most costly component is the laboratory facility, usually consisting of specialized equipment. Effective instruction of some topics in power engineering education requires experience with actual equipment, rather than small-scale replicas or simulation. In this paper, a new laboratory approach is described, as implemented in a virtual, Internet-based, experimentation platform. This virtual laboratory (VLab) utilizes real equipment distributed among multiple universities from which remotely located students can perform experiments. The software solution is a multiuser, client-server architecture developed in the Lab VIEW environment. Implementation details including video, chat, archiving, and the hardware and software platforms are presented in the paper. An example presented herein is the study of current and voltage waveforms while controlling relays and low-voltage contactors. The applications have been tested with student teams enrolled in the electrical engineering department of Politehnica University of Bucharest and the power engineering program at Arizona State University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • E-learning
  • Education
  • Relays and breakers closure
  • Remote experimentation
  • Web-based laboratories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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