Effects of MATLAB and Simulink in Engineering Education: A Case Study of Transient Analysis of Direct-Current Machines
Obasi, R. U. , Obi, P. I. , Chidolue, G. C .
Understanding electrical machines transient behaviors looks hazy without the aid of simulation tools like MATLAB. This is because the resulting system of differential equations is nonlinear and analytical solution is difficult and boring. In view of the above, it is very pertinent that computer softwares are employed to teach and solve most engineering problems for a better understanding of the various engineering principles. This paper therefore models the series and separately excited motors using differential equations and invoking the powers of Simulink integrated with MATLAB®, enabling incorporation of MATLAB algorithms into models and exporting simulation results to MATLAB for further analysis of their responses. This approach gave students improved understanding of the two machines with a better student understanding rating of 85.8% from 52.8%.
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[Obasi, R. U. , Obi, P. I. , Chidolue, G. C . (2016) Effects of MATLAB and Simulink in Engineering Education: A Case Study of Transient Analysis of Direct-Current Machines IJIREM Vol-3 Issue-2 Page No-108-112] (ISSN 2350 - 0557). www.ijirem.org
Obasi, R. U.
Department of Electrical / Department of Electrical Department of Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Michael Electronic Engineering, Michael Electronic Engineering, Okpara University of Agriculture Okpara University of Agriculture Chukwemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Umudike, Abia State, Umudike, Abia State, University,Uli, Anambra State, Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria