Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-418: Electric Energy Processing: Fundamentals and Applications




This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of electric energy conversion, and its use in several real-life electric energy systems. The course starts with a brief review of electromagnetic and electromechanical conversion underlying electric power generation. The first part of the course introduces basic components found in today's electric energy systems, such as:
Electric machines (generators and motors);
Power electronics for converting between AC and DC portion of an electric energy system, and;
Control of these components for their efficient use.
The principles underlying design, operations and control of these components are introduced using conversion fundamentals and basic electric circuit knowledge.
The second part of this course introduces several key electric energy systems used in today's industry. Examples of such systems are:
Home distribution electric power systems;
Electric power systems for vehicles;
Electric power systems for ships, and;
Airspace electric power systems (such as airplanes and space shuttles).
This course provides an important bridge between the applied physics and the systems areas in the ECE. It is intended to bring out the fact that it is electric energy and its conversion that underlies much of what one does in ECE.

Prerequisite: 18-220

Last Modified: 2018-04-25 4:49PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2017
  • Spring 2016
  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2014
  • Spring 2013
  • Spring 2012
  • Fall 2009
  • Fall 2007
  • Fall 2005