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RNET-220 - Motor Controls & Automation Theory - 5.00 Credits

RNET-220 - Motor Controls & Automation Theory - 5.00 Credits

Course Details
This course takes a comprehensive look at various control devices found in modern control systems as well as industrial sensors and transducers. Students will interpret wiring and ladder diagrams, be introduced to NEMA symbols as well as be able to demonstrate the operation of common control devices. Electric motors, motor controls and their protection devices are studied. Advantages and disadvantages of the various types of motors and their control devices are surveyed. All motor control circuits studied are duplicated by the student in the practical lab sections of the course (RNET 221). The course also introduces electronic control theory. Processes to be controlled and types of systems & methods available to perform control functions are examined. Applications of semiconductor & digital circuits to automation systems are explored. The course also surveys the electronic control of AC motors in industrial situations requiring variable frequency drives. Additional advanced motor control concepts such as time delay circuitry and system feedback are covered.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Renewable Energies Technology Diploma Program - Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : RNET Program Admission
    Corequisites : RNET-221 , RNET Program Admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master’s Degree and at least 5 years relevant experience
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 72
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • describe the construction and operating characteristics of ideal, series, shunt, separately excited, and compound DC motors and generators and universal, split phase and three phase AC motors and brushless DC motors (stepper motors);

    • give examples of each of the configurations of series, shunt, separately excited and compound DC motors and generators;

    • discuss the various control modes and circuits available to control DC and AC motors;

    • describe the purpose and function of overload heaters; outline the uses and configurations of various circuit protection devices and the role they play in controlling industrial processes; diagnose common motor problems;

    • explain the principles of operation and uses of manual and magnetic motor starters;

    • interpret common industrial motor control logic circuits; outline the uses and configurations of various control sensors and components and the role they play in controlling industrial processes;

    • list and implement into common motor control circuits industrial relays, solenoids, contactors and motor starters;

    • explain the purpose of starting motors in sequence; list the common industrial timers in use for motor control circuits;

    • list the five general closed-loop control modes and explain how each one acts to correct system errors;

    • explain how an AC inverter controls the speed and torque of an AC induction motor; describe how an AC inverter can be programmed to match the requirements of a specific application; and

    • differentiate among the various classes of industrial data communication systems.

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