6.061 / 6.690 Introduction to Electric Power Systems

Spring 2007

Image of electric power lines.
Electric power lines. (Image is taken from the Department of Energy Digital Archive.)

Course Description

This course is an introductory subject in the field of electric power systems and electrical to mechanical energy conversion. Electric power has become increasingly important as a way of transmitting and transforming energy in industrial, military and transportation uses. Examples of new uses for electric power include all manners of electric transportation systems (electric trains that run under catenary, diesel-electric railroad locomotion, 'maglev' medium and high speed tracked vehicles, electric transmission systems for ships, replacement of hydraulics in high performance actuators, aircraft launch and recovery systems, battery powered factory material transport systems, electric and hybrid electric cars and buses, even the 'more electric' airplane).

The material in this subject will be useful to students who pursue careers or research in electric power systems, power electronic systems, vehicle electrical systems (e.g. electric or hybrid vehicles), development or use of electric motors and generators, robots and "mechatronics".

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. James Kirtley

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate


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