Grainger Lab

Grainger Lab

The importance of Motor Drives and Power Electronics cannot be undermined in the technologically advanced world today. This realization has lead to rapid growth in their demand. Furthermore the development in semiconductor switching devices, control electronics, micro-controllers and Digital Signal Processors has lead to a new perspective in power electronics and motor drives application from efficiency and ease of implementation point of view.

At IIT, we have courses to prepare the students to meet the growing demand in this field. The Grainger Laboratory for Power Electronics and Motor Drives serves the purpose of providing the students with hands on experience on power electronic converters with or without motors as loads. Fundamental lab-based courses on Power (ECE 319), Power Electronics (ECE 411) and Electric Motor Drives (ECE 412) provide students with an opportunity to build, analyze and test power circuits.

Facilities of this laboratory are advanced specialized experimental teaching setups for undergraduate electric machines and power electronic drives programs and it is one of the best-equipped and most advanced labs for undergraduate teaching purposes in the nation. The lab has been significantly upgraded by a generous gift from the Grainger Foundation, which is gratefully acknowledged. In addition, in the academic year 2003/2004, this laboratory received grant number NSF DUE-0311169 from the National Science foundation (NSF) to enhance the experimental setup, which is also gratefully acknowledged.

Currently, a new lab-based course is being developed on Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (ECE 497). It is the nation's first laboratory-based course on this subject and is supported by the National Science Foundation through award number TUES-1140772. This course follows the concept of "using technology to teach science" to undergraduate students. In addition to training students in application of power electronics and motor drives to this emerging area, it also integrates concepts from signal processing, microcomputers and communication.