Southwest Power Pool Power Systems Laboratory
Established In: Fall 2006
Established with funding from:
- $95,000 contribution from Southwest Power Pool
- $5,000 contribution from Arkansas Electric Cooperatives
Headed by: Dr. Jing Zhang
The Southwest Power Pool Power Systems Laboratory was created to allow electrical engineering students and researchers a place to study electrical power systems through lab experiments and system simulation while also supplementing the electric power systems theory that is taught in the classes such as “Power Systems” and “Microprocessors and Systems”.
Through the experiments and hands-on learning processing, students can directly measure the characteristics of fundamental components used in electric power engineering and study the operation of electric power systems. In the lab experiments the instructor can teach students effectively about the real electric power systems: operation, technical limitation, and safety issues.
The laboratory contains the same hardware and software used by industry professionals in the creation and maintenance of power systems giving students the opportunity to develop the skills and experience that will aid them in the work field. In fact, the lab’s equipment is so similar to that used by electrical engineers in the field that Southwest Power Pool and other companies, who regularly use electrical engineers, use the Power Systems lab to train their engineers to keep them up-to-date in an ever changing technological environment.
The lab comes equipped with all the fundamental equipment needed for experiments involving electric power systems. The equipment available to students in the lab includes fundamental devices of electric power systems, such as transformers, electrical machines, power passive components, and power electronic converters; and measuring instruments, such as digital oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, digital multimeters, laser tachometers, current and voltage probes, and power quality analyzers. All this equipment is situated around six workstations, which are each equipped with desktop computers. Two of the workstations are installed with Labview data acquisition boards and Labview program.