Electrical Engineering: Concepts and Applications

S.A. Reza Zekavat  
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March 2012
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Electrical Engineering: Concepts and Applications is the result of a multi-disciplinary effort at Michigan Technological University to create a new curriculum that is attractive, motivational, and relevant to students by creating many application-based problems; and provide the optimal level of both range and depth of coverage of EE topics in a curriculum package.


  • Curriculum for non-EE majors: A multi-disciplinary effort at Michigan Technological University, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Engineering Education division, aimed to create a curriculum that (1) encourages students to pursue the life-long learning necessary to keep pace with the rapidly-evolving engineering industry and emerging interdisciplinary technologies, (2) maintains sufficient connection between the students’ chosen engineering fields and class content; and (3) motivates and excites the students about the importance of EE concepts to their discipline and career. The group’s curriculum reform efforts were informed by a nationwide survey of engineering schools. The survey outcomes were analyzed to fine tune different curriculum options for this course for different engineering disciplines, and then used as a layout to create a new textbook. This book’s diverse topics address the mixed survey response and allow it to address the needs of lecturers in different institutions worldwide.
  • Application-based examples: A large number of application-based examples selected from different engineering fields are included in each chapter. They aim to bridge EE and diverse non-EE areas. These examples help address the question: “why should I take this course?” Non-EE students will better understand: (1) why they should learn how to solve circuits; and; (2) the applications of solving circuits in mechanical, chemical, and civil engineering areas.
  • PSpice lectures, examples, and problems: The text offers a distributed approach for learning PSpice. Chapter 2 provides an initial PSpice tutorial, and new skills are added in Chapters 3 - 11. This part includes lectures that teach students how to use PSpice and can be considered as an embedded PC-based lab for the course. PSpice-specific examples and end-of-chapter PSpice problems help students better understand the process of building a circuit and getting the desired results.
  • Innovative chapters: Based on a nationwide survey, the topics in these chapters have been highlighted by many professionals as important for this course. Each instructor has the liberty to include or exclude some of these topics from his/her curriculum. Some topics include:
    • Chapter 1-Case Study uses real life mechanical, chemical, and civil engineering scenarios to present the applications of electrical engineering and better motivate students in their chosen fields of study. These case studies are reintroduced as topics are covered later in the book.
    • Chapter 7-Frequency Response with MATLAB and PSpice discusses the frequency response of circuits, introduces different types of filters and uses MATLAB and PSpice examples and end-of chapter problems. This chapter creates an opportunity for students to learn some features of MATLAB software through an integrated study using both PSpice and MATLAB.
    • Power Coverage-Chapters 9, 12, 13: Based on the nationwide survey, and motivated by concerns about global warming and the need for clean energy, industry respondents requested a more thorough treatment of power.
      • Chapter 9 introduces the concept of three phase systems, transmission lines, their equivalent circuits, and power transfer.
      • Chapter 12 studies another important topic of energy transfer - transformers.
      • Chapter 13 studies the topic of motors and generators and introduces many applications of both.
    • Chapter 15-Electrical Safety discusses interesting electric safety topics useful in the daily life of consumers or engineers working in the field.
  • Examples and sorted end-of-chapter problems: The book features more than 1100 examples and end-of-chapter problems (solutions included). End-of-chapter problems are sorted to help instructors select basic, average, and difficult proble

Table of Contents

Table of ContentsPreface xv
Acknowledgements xix
Chapter 1 Why Electrical Engineering? 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Electrical Engineering and a Successful Career 2
1.3 What Do You Need to Know about EE? 2
1.4 Real Career Success Stories 3
1.5 Typical Situations Encountered on the Job 4
1.5.1 On-the-Job Situation 1: Active Structural Control 4
1.5.2 On-the-Job Situation 2: Chemical Process Control 6
1.5.3 On-the-Job Situation 3: Performance of an Off-Road Vehicle Prototype 8
Further Reading 12

Chapter 2 Fundamentals of Electric Circuits 13
2.1 Introduction 13
2.2 Charge and Current 15
2.3 Voltage 17
2.4 Respective Direction of Voltage and Current 18
2.5 Kirchhoff?¯s Current Law 18
2.6 Kirchhoff?¯s Voltage Law 22
2.7 Ohm?¯s Law and Resistors 27
2.7.1 Resistivity of a Resistor 29
2.7.2 Nonlinear Resistors 32
2.7.3 Time-Varying Resistors 32
2.8 Power and Energy 32
2.8.1 Resistor-Consumed Power 36
2.9 Independent and Dependent Sources 38
2.10 Analysis of Circuits Using PSpice 42
Bias Point Analysis 45
Time Domain (Transient) Analysis 46
Copy the Simulation Plot to the Clipboard to Submit Electronically 47
2.11 What Did You Learn? 53
Problems 54

Chapter 3 Resistive Circuits 61
3.1 Introduction 61
3.2 Resistors in Parallel and Series and Equivalent Resistance 62
3.3 Voltage and Current Division/Divider Rules 71
3.3.1 Voltage Division 71
3.3.2 Current Division 74
3.4 Nodal and Mesh Analysis 81
3.4.1 Nodal Analysis 81
3.4.2 Mesh Analysis 88
3.5 Special Conditions: Super Node 92
3.6 Th¨¦venin/Norton Equivalent Circuits 99
3.6.1 Source Transformation 108
3.7 Superposition Principle 112
3.8 Maximum Power Transfer 118
3.9 Analysis of Circuits Using PSpice 122
3.10 What Did You Learn? 125
Problems 126

Chapter 4 Capacitance and Inductance 135
4.1 Introduction 135
4.2 Capacitors 136
4.2.1 The Relationship Between Charge, Voltage, and Current 138
4.2.2 Power 140
4.2.3 Energy 140
4.3 Capacitors in Series and Parallel 141
4.3.1 Series Capacitors 141
4.3.2 Parallel Capacitance 142
4.4 Inductors 147
4.4.1 The Relationship Between Voltage and Current 147
4.4.2 Power and Stored Energy 148
4.5 Inductors in Series and Parallel 149
4.5.1 Inductors in Series 150
4.5.2 Inductors in Parallel 150
4.6 Applications of Capacitors and Inductors 152
4.6.1 Fuel Sensors 152
4.6.2 Vibration Sensors 153
4.7 Analysis of Capacitive and Inductive Circuits Using PSpice 156
4.8 What Did You Learn? 158
Problems 159

Chapter 5 Transient Analysis 164
5.1 Introduction 164
5.2 First-Order Circuits 165
5.2.1 RC Circuits 165
5.2.2 RL Circuits 179
5.3 DC Steady State 186
5.4 DC Steady State for Capacitive¨CInductive Circuits 188
5.5 Second-Order Circuits 189
5.5.1 Series RLC Circuits with a DC Voltage Source 189
5.5.2 Parallel RLC Circuits with a DC Voltage Source 196
5.6 Transient Analysis with Sinusoid Forcing Functions 198
5.7 Using PSpice to Investigate the Transient Behavior of RL and RC Circuits 201
5.8 What Did You Learn? 207
Problems 208

Chapter 6 Steady-State AC Analysis 215
6.1 Introduction: Sinusoidal Voltages and Currents 215
6.1.1 Root-Mean-Square (rms) Values (Effective Values) 220
6.1.2 Instantaneous and Average Power 221
6.2 Phasors 222
6.2.1 Phasors in Additive or (Subtractive) Sinusoids 224
6.3 Complex Impedances 225
6.3.1 The Impedance of a Resistor 225
6.3.2 The Impedance of an Inductor 225
6.3.3 The Impedance of a Capacitor 226
6.3.4 Series Connection of Impedances 228
6.3.5 Parallel Connection of Impedances 229
6.4 Steady-State Circuit Analysis Using Phasors 231
6.5 Th¨¦venin and Norton Equivalent Circuits with Phasors 239
6.5.1 Th¨¦venin Equiv

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