Basics of AC Drives Course

Free Course on Electrical Theory

Welcome to the third course in the STEP 2000 series,  Siemens Technical Education Program.

The course is a FREE self-study Electrical Engineering course designed to increase your automation and control knowledge at your own pace.

These courses are a fantastic study guide for students and also serve as a useful refresher course for engineers who are a long time out of college. 

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This course covers the Basics of AC Drives .

Upon completion of Basics of AC Drives you will be able to:

• Explain the concept of force, inertia, speed, and torque

• Explain the difference between work and power 

• Describe the construction of a squirrel cage AC motor

• Identify the nameplate information of an AC motor necessary for application to an AC Drive

• Describe the operation of a three-phase rotating magnetic field

• Calculate synchronous speed, slip, and rotor speed

• Describe the relationship between V/Hz, torque, and current

• Describe the basic construction and operation of a PWM type AC drive

• Describe the characteristics of constant torque, constant horsepower, and variable torque applications

The course contents are listed below 

  • Siemens AC Drives and Totally Integrated Automation
  • Mechanical Basics 
  • AC Motor Construction
  • Developing A Rotating Magnetic Field
  • Rotor Construction 
  • NEMA Rotor Characteristics
  • Electrical Components Of A Motor
  • Voltage And Frequency
  • Basic AC Drives 
  • Siemens MICROMASTER 
  • MASTERDRIVE Compact, Chassis, and Cabinet Units
  • MASTERDRIVE Compact Plus
  • Parameters and Function Blocks 
  • Applications 
  • Constant Torque Applications
  • Variable Torque Applications
  • Constant Horsepower Applications
  • Multimotor Applications

This course has been developed by Siemens and can be downloaded from the below link. 

Download the Free Course Here

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