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Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

1st Edition

By Charles A. Gross, Thaddeus A. Roppel

CRC Press

481 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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Real-world engineering problems are rarely, if ever, neatly divided into mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, and other categories. Engineers from all disciplines eventually encounter computer and electronic controls and instrumentation, which require at least a basic knowledge of electrical and other engineering specialties, as well as associated economics, and environmental, political, and social issues.

Co-authored by Charles Gross—one of the most well-known and respected professors in the field of electric machines and power engineering—and his world-renowned colleague Thad Roppel, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering provides an overview of the profession for engineering professionals and students whose specialization lies in areas other than electrical. For instance, civil engineers must contend with commercial electrical service and lighting design issues. Mechanical engineers have to deal with motors in HVAC applications, and chemical engineers are forced to handle problems involving process control.

Simple and easy-to-use, yet more than sufficient in rigor and coverage of fundamental concepts, this resource teaches EE fundamentals but omits the typical analytical methods that hold little relevance for the audience. The authors provide many examples to illustrate concepts, as well as homework problems to help readers understand and apply presented material.

In many cases, courses for non-electrical engineers, or non-EEs, have presented watered-down classical EE material, resulting in unpopular courses that students hate and senior faculty members understandingly avoid teaching. To remedy this situation—and create more well-rounded practitioners—the authors focus on the true EE needs of non-EEs, as determined through their own teaching experience, as well as significant input from non-EE faculty. The book provides several important contemporary interdisciplinary examples to support this approach. The result is a full-color modern narrative that bridges the various EE and non-EE curricula and serves as a truly relevant course that students and faculty can both enjoy.

Table of Contents

What Is Engineering?

A Brief History of Engineering

Engineering as a Profession

Engineering Education

Standards and Codes

Use of Numbers in Engineering

Electrical Circuit Concepts

Charge, Current, Voltage, Power, and Energy

Kirchhoff’s Laws

The Ideal Circuit Elements

The dc Mode

The ac Mode

The Periodic Mode

The Transient Mode

A dc Application: An Automotive Electrical System

An ac Example Application: The U.S. Residential Electrical System

Electrical Energy

Natural Sources of Electricity

Electromagnetic-Mechanical (EMM) Energy Conversion

Thermal Prime Movers

Nonthermal Prime Movers

Chemical to Electric Energy Conversion

Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

Thermal to Electric Energy Conversion

Electrical Generation and Transmission

Polyphase ac Circuits

The Balanced Three-Phase Circuit

The Traditional ac Generator: The Three-Phase Synchronous Machine

The Pumped Storage Application

Some Basic Magnetics

Power Transformers

Power Transmission Lines

Electrical Loads

Modeling Loads

Electric Heating

Electric Lighting

Electric Motors

An Example Application: The Elevator

An Example Application: High-Speed Rail (HSR)

An Example Application: The Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Semiconductor Devices

Semiconductor Fundamentals


Transistors: An Overview

The Field Effect Transistor (FET)

The Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT)

Integrated Circuits

Data Sheets

Sensors and Instrumentation

Mechanical Sensors: Accelerometers and Strain Gauges

Acoustic Sensors: Microphones and Sonar

Optical Sensors: IR Sensors and Photoresistors

Thermal Sensors: Thermocouples, Thermistors, RTDs, and PTATs

Sensor Interfacing: Bridges, Op-Amps, ADC, and DAC

Digital Logic

Binary Arithmetic and Boolean Algebra

Logic Circuits

Programming Languages

Programmable Logic Controllers


Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and Digital Media Processors (DMPs)


Industrial Robots: Classification and Terminology

Industrial Robots: Safety

Industrial Robots: Programming

Mobile Robots

Appendix A: Units and Conversion Factors

Appendix B: Data Sheet for SN7400 Series TTL NAND Gate


Most chapters include a summary, references, and problems.

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