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ELEX 7240 - Electric Machines

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

This is a rigorous introductory course in electromechanical energy conversion devices. Primary emphasis is placed on rotating AC and DC machines. Following a brief review of electromagnetic field theory and polyphase AC circuits, magnetic materials and circuits are introduced, using transformers as representative systems. A systematic approach to modeling machines is introduced, based on the principle of virtual work. This framework, applicable to general dynamic conditions, is applied narrowly to the steady-state operation of AC synchronous and asynchronous machines, as well as DC machines. Equivalent steady-state circuits are developed for common rotating machines. Practical information relating to general machine characteristics and nominal ratings is provided. Laboratory experiments are conducted to reinforce theory and to provide practical experience with motors and generators.


ELEX 7120





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 34845

Wed Sep 05 - Wed Dec 05 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Dec 05 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 2016


Jeff Bloemink

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Labs to be scheduled outside of class hours, schedule to be determined. Registrants who are not BTech Electronics students must have Program Head approval. Please contact Kelly Voros at 604-451-6892 or for more information or to be placed on a waitlist if the course is full. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

Five seats remaining as of Aug 20, 2018 7:49 am PDT. Seats remaining may change at any time prior to registration and payment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Explain and Exemplify the behaviour of magnetic circuits.
  • Explain and Exemplify the sources and interactions of quasi-static magnetic fields.
  • Explain and Exemplify the techniques of machine modeling based on virtual work.
  • Explain and Exemplify characteristics and use of equivalent circuit models.
  • Analyze the performance of synchronous and asynchronous AC machines.
  • Analyze the performance of DC machines.
  • Demonstrate the steady state performance of transformers and polyphase AC circuits in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate the performance of AC and DC motors and generators in the lab.

Effective as of Fall 2013

Related Programs

ELEX 7240 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

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Fitzgerald & Kingsley's Electric Machinery
Author Umans
Publisher Mcg
Copyright 2014
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-0-07338-046-9
Price $299.50


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