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Course unit
IN19102562, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN2376, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ELECTRICAL SCIENCE
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE CHITARIN ING-IND/31

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/31 Electrotechnics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 CHITARIN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
SARTORI EMANUELE (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ROBERTO (Supplente)
1 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 CHITARIN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
SARTORI EMANUELE (Membro Effettivo)
OBOE ROBERTO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Basics of differential and integral calculus, complex numbers, vector operators: curl, gradient and divergence, general equations of electric and magnetic fields.
Target skills and knowledge: • Learn how to model real electric and electronic device using simplified electric circuits, learn the fundamental properties of electric circuits and the applicable methods for calculating of voltage, current and electric power.
• Apply such methods to numerically calculate voltage, current and electric power under direct current (DC) conditions, under alternative current (AC) conditions and under variable transient conditions in a real electric or electronic device.
• Learn the working principles and evaluate efficiency of electromagnetic devices, electric motors and generators used in electric power networks, including renewable power sources, energy storage and electric mobility.
• Learn how to simulate and design electric and electronic circuits using SPICE software (lab)
Examination methods: • written test: numerical solution of 2 application problems (2 hours) , 2 open questions concerning the calculation of voltage, current and power in electric circuits and the operating principles of electromagnetic devices (1 hour)
• oral examination (short discussion on the written test and one question on calculation of voltage, current and power in electric circuits and on the operating principles of electromagnetic devices )
Assessment criteria: • written test: coherence of solution method, accuracy of numerical results, correctness of the description of the working principle.
• Oral examination: correctness of concepts, appropriateness of language, optional discussion on SPICE simulations.
Course unit contents: Fundamentals of electric circuits, electric current, electric voltage, ampere-meter, voltmeter. Electric power and wattmeter. Kirchhoff's laws, power and energy balance. Linear and non-linear 2-terminal elements, . Resistors, Inductors, Capacitors, Diodes, ideal and real generators.
Steady state direct-current (DC) circuits, series and parallel connection, voltage divider and current divider. D/Y transformation; Methods for linear DC circuit analysis: superposition of effects, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits.
Multi-terminal elements, 2-port elements, ideal transformer, ideal controlled voltage source and controlled current source. Equivalent circuit of a transistor based on a controlled current source. Circuit solution in presence of controlled voltage or current sources.
Capacitors, characteristic equations, series and parallel connection, charge and discharge process, electrostatic energy storage.
Magnetic induction. Magnetic field (Faraday-Neumann. Ampère and Gauss) magnetic properties of materials, magnetic permeability, hysteresis loop.
Inductors, characteristic equations, series and parallel connection, charge and discharge process, magnetic energy storage. Mutual inductor, magnetic energy storage and energy transfer. Magnetic Circuits. Energy and force in magnetic circuits.
Sinusoidal alternative-current (AC) circuits: Steinmetz's transform for voltage and current, impedance, admittance. AC voltage and current measurements. Symbolic Kirchhoff's laws. Series and parallel connection. AC power: instantaneous, active, reactive, complex and apparent, power balance. Frequency-domain analysis of RLC circuits.
Fundamentals of 3-phase power generation and distribution systems, phase-to-phase and phase-to-neutral voltage, equivalent single-phase circuit, power measurement, reactive power compensation,
Rotating magnetic field, fundamentals of rotating electrical machines.
Power Transformers: operation principle, equivalent circuit, voltage drop, efficiency.
Dynamics of first- and second-order linear circuits, time evolution of voltage and current under transient conditions: time-domain analysis. Solution of circuit differential equations state variables and time constants. Frequency-domain analysis, transfer functions.

Computer simulation of circuits using SPICE software.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lecture using blackboard, slides are used only for specific content.
Numerical exercises in classroom using blackboard.

Lab for computer-based numerical simulation of electric circuits using SPICE software.
Additional notes about suggested reading: all the lecture slides, blackboard images and other learning support material, including some written test problems of the previous years (with numerical results) will be available on MOODLE
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Chitarin, F. Gnesotto, M. Guarnieri, A. Maschio, A. Stella,, Elettrotecnica 1 - Principi. Bologna: Esculapio, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Chitarin, F. Gnesotto, M. Guarnieri, A. Maschio, A. Stella,, Elettrotecnica 1 - Applicazioni. Bologna: Società Editrice Esculapio, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Bagatin, G. Chitarin, D. Desideri, F. Dughiero, F. Gnesotto, M. Guarnieri, A. Maschio, Esercizi di Elettrotecnica Reti elettriche. Bologna: Società Editrice Esculapio, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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