Engineering Basics

Module Title Engineering Basics
CompetencyUnderstanding fundamental engineering principles used in RE technologies
Courses Title Teaching Method SWS Credits Performance requirements/Examination
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
lecture, labs, project work in groups 3 3 written exam
Control Systemslecture, group discussions22written exam
Technical Mechanics
lecture 2 2 written exam
Engineering Mathematics lecture 3 3 written exam
Semester summer
Responsible Dahlhaus
Site Kassel
Lecturer(s) Dirk Dahlhaus, Ubaid Ur Rehman
Martin Jilg, Konstantin Schaab
Ammar Abid
Dirk Dahlhaus, Ubaid Ur Rehman
Language English
Workload 150 hours course attendance
100 hours self-study
Credits 10
Recommended Qualifications -
Learning Outcomes a) Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
After the successful participation in the course Electrical Engineering Fundamentals the students are able to:
  • analyse electrical circuits and using measuring instruments and sensors
  • apply principles of energy conversion (mechanical / electrical).
b) Control Systems
After the successful participation in the course Control Systems the students are able to:
  • understand the specific terms and problems of control theory
  • analyse simple linear control systems.
c) Technical Mechanics
After the successful participation in the course Technical Mechanics the students are able to:
  • calculate flow of forces in static systems
  • solve simple dynamic issues (e.g. problems between turbines and ground).
d) Engineering Mathematics
After the successful participation in the course Engineering Mathematics the students are able to:
  • understand functions and their differentiation and integration
  • describe systems based on linear and non-linear operators (deterministic and stochastic)
  • analyse system design and simulation using numerical methods.
Contents a) Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Fundamental elements in electric circuits
  • Basic loads
  • DC and AC circuit analysis
  • Power electronics (DC/DC and DC/AC topologies)
  • Energy conversion
  • Rotating machines
  • Laboratories: measurements (with instruments and sensors), exercises
b) Control Systems
  • Fundamental definitions in control circuits
  • Signal flow charts
  • Basic elements of block diagram models
  • Simulation of systems using MATLAB
  • Linear system overlay techniques
  • Step response
  • Feedback performance, stability of linear feedback control systems
  • Frequency response of control circuits
  • Industrial PID controllers
c) Technical Mechanics
  • Fundamental definitions in technical mechanics
  • Flow of forces in static systems
  • Simple dynamic problems e.g. between turbines and ground
d) Engineering Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of linear algebra, basics in probability and statistics
  • Functions and its differentiation and integration
  • Functions of more than one variable
  • System description based on linear / non-linear operators (deterministic and stochastic)
  • System design and simulation using numerical methods
  • Calculus:
    • single variable calculus (differentiation, integration)
    • multi-variable calculus (partial differentiation, multiple integration)
Media Black board and beamer, lectures and presentations, problem based teaching, experimen-tal measurements, use of simple computer programs.
  • U.A. Bakshi and V.U. Bakshi, Basic Electrical Engineering, 2nd edition, Technical Publications Pune, 2009.
  • P.H. Lewis, Basic Control Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall, 1997.
  • Lecture notes on Control Systems.
  • S.C. Chapra, Applied Numerical Methods with MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, Tata McGraw Hill, 2nd edition, 2008.
  • A. Papoulis and S. U. Pilllai, Probabilty, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes,
    4th ed., McGraw Hill, 2002.
  • Further literature will be announced by the lecturers.