Area IV Engineering Physics: Power
Electric power systems convert energy to electrical form, transport electric power over geographic distances, deliver the power to users and control the whole process. Electric utility systems have been in existence for over 100 years and are now a major part of our economies. Sources of electric power include falling water, fossil fuel generation from coal, petroleum and natural gas, heat from nuclear fission, and small amounts from burning biomass, from wind and solar heat and from direct conversion using solar photovoltaic cells. There are also electric power systems that are parts of vehicles (automobiles, trucks and trains, ships and airplanes).
Research in electric power systems at MIT is carried out in several departments. Research in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science involves a number of different areas of investigation, including renewable generation (chiefly solar photovoltaic systems but also generators for wind turbines), adaptation of power systems to large amounts of renewable generation through load adaptive control, monitoring and control of elements of the power system, electromechanical devices for use of electric power (motors) and high voltage insulation systems.
Although the EECS section of MIT’s Open Course Ware (OCW) and the Course 6 section of the MIT Catalogue provide more complete lists of subjects, those EECS subjects emphasizing Power include the undergraduate and graduate subjects listed below.
|6.007||Fall, Spring||Applied Electromagnetics: from Motors to Lasers|
|6.013||Fall, Spring||Electromagnetics and Applications (meet with 6.630)|
|6.061||Spring, alt odd years||Introduction to Electric Power Systems (meets with 6.690)|
|6.131||Fall||Power Electronics Laboratory|
|6.690||Spring, alt odd yrs||Introduction to Electric Power Systems|
First Year and Introductory Graduate Subjects:
|6.630||Fall, Spring||Electromagnetics and Applications (meets with 6.013)|
|6.632||Spring||Electromagnetic Wave Theory|
|6.641||Spring||Electromagnetic Fields, Forces, and Motion|
More Advanced Graduate Subjects:
|6.642||Fall, alt even yrs||Continuum Electromechanics|
|6.691||Spring, alt even yrs||Seminar in Electric Power Systems|
|6.685||Fall, alt odd yrs||Electric Machines|
|6.987||Fall||Advanced Topics in Power Electronics|
The following seminars cover material relevant to the topic of Power in Area IV Engineering Physics:
LEES seminar, Thursdays, 4PM, room 32-145
The following laboratories provide significant resources for research emphacizing Power: