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ENGR 318 General Electrical Engineering

Objectives, Outlines, and Assessment

Spring 2015
Upon completing this course, the student should be able to:

Learn a brief history of the development of the electrical power technology.

Understand the electric circuits' fundamentals.

Understand magnetic circuits and their analogous to electric circuits.

Distinguish between real, reactive, and apparent power in AC circuits; and

carry out power calculations in terms of these quantities and the power factor.
Describe the advantages of poly-phase electric systems over single-phase.
Develop the relationships of currents, voltages, and powers in a three-phase
Learn the principle of operation of transformers and the development of their
Understand the principle of operation of both three-phase and single-phase
induction motors.
Develop the active power flow for three-phase induction motors.
Learn the basic operation and the application of various types of single-phase
induction motor.
Differentiate between the various types of generating electric power stations.

Recognize the advantages of interconnected electric power systems.

List and describe the more commonly used equipment in an electric substation.

Discuss the importance of electrical earthing concept.

Know the organization of a low voltage distribution system.

Learn the principle of evaluating the cost of electricity.

Prof. Essam Aboul-Zahab

Prof. Magdy Eteiba

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T. Wildi, Electrical Machines, Drives, and Power Systems, 5th Ed., Prentice
Hall, 2002.
Chapters: 2, 7, 8,9, 10, 13, 18, 24, 26, and 27.


Electric and Magnetic Circuits Fundamentals:

AC electric circuits.

Magnetic circuits.

(4 Lectures)


Active, Reactive, and Apparent Power:

Combined active and reactive loads.

Relationship between P, Q, and S.

Power factor.

Systems comprising several loads.

(2 Lectures)


Three-Phase Circuits:

Wye connection and Delta connection

(2 Lectures)

Voltage, current, and power relationships.

Power factor improvement.



Principle of operation

Equivalent circuit of a transformer.

Losses, and nominal voltage, current and power.

Measuring transformer parameters.


Induction Motors:
(3 Lectures)

Principle of operation.


Active power flow.

Types: split phase motor, capacitor start and capacitor run motors.


Electrical Services for Buildings:

Design of electric lighting.

Electrical wiring in buildings.

(3 Lectures)


Distribution of Electrical Energy:

(4 Lectures)

(3 Lectures)

Substations and protective devices.

Low voltage distribution.
Voltage drop calculations in distributors.
Electrical earthing.
Electrical energy measurement and tariff


Tutorial and Problem Sessions

(3 Lectures)


Three Midterm Exams

(3 Lectures)

Grades Policy:

05 points


05 points

Midterm Exam-1
Midterm Exam-2
Midterm Exam-3
Final Exam

30 points
30 points
30 points
30 points (Optional and Comprehensive)

Homework Policy:

Assignments are due one week after post. Late submitting will of course affect your grade
They include practical problems in electrical engineering to develop competence in solving
real life problems. Three types of problems are included in each assignment. There are (1)
questions that require easy answers, (2) exorcises that drill the student on formulae and basic
definitions, and (3) problems that combine principles and ideas.