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Introduction to Electrical Power and Power Electronics

1st Edition

By Mukund R. Patel

CRC Press

528 pages | 274 B/W Illus.

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Most traditional power systems textbooks focus on high-voltage transmission. However, the majority of power engineers work in urban factories, buildings, or industries where power comes from utility companies or is self-generated. Introduction to Electrical Power and Power Electronics is the first book of its kind to cover the entire scope of electrical power and power electronics systems in one volume—with a focus on topics that are directly relevant in power engineers’ daily work.

Learn How Electrical Power Is Generated, Distributed, and Utilized

Composed of 17 chapters, the book is organized into two parts. The first part introduces aspects of electrical power that most power engineers are involved in during their careers, including the distribution of power to load equipment such as motors via step-down transformers, cables, circuit breakers, relays, and fuses. For engineers working with standalone power plants, it also tackles generators. The book discusses how to design and operate systems for economic use of power and covers the use of batteries in greater depth than typically found in traditional power system texts.

Understand How Power Electronics Work in Modern Systems

The second part delves into power electronics switches, as well as the DC–DC converters, AC–DC–AC converters, and frequency converters used in variable-frequency motor drives. It also discusses quality-of-power issues in modern power systems with many large power electronics loads. A chapter on power converter cooling presents important interdisciplinary design topics.

Draw on the Author’s Extensive Industry and Teaching Experience

This timely book draws on the author’s 30 years of work experience at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Westinghouse Electric and 15 years of teaching electrical power at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Designed for a one-semester or two-quarter course in electrical power and power electronics, it is also ideal for a refresher course or as a one-stop reference for industry professionals.

Table of Contents

Power Generation, Distribution, and Utilization

AC Power Fundamentals

Common Aspects of Power Equipments

AC Generator

AC and DC Motors


Power Cable

Power Distribution

Fault Current Analysis

System Protection

Economic Use of Power

Electrochemical Battery

Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Power Electronics Devices

DC–DC Converters

AC–DC–AC Converters

Variable-Frequency Drives

Quality of Power

Power Converter Cooling



About the Author

Mukund R. Patel, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor of engineering at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, USA. He has more than 45 years of hands-on involvement in research, development, and design of state-of-the-art electrical power equipment and systems. He has held positions including principal engineer at General Electric, fellow engineer at the Westinghouse Research and Development Center, senior staff engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, and development manager at Bharat Bijlee (Siemens) Limited. Dr. Patel obtained his Ph.D. degree in electric power engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and his M.S. in engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an M.E. in electrical machine design from Gujarat University and a B.E. from Sardar University, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical