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Transforming Electrical Education at a Leading University in Ibra, Oman By BCT Learning

University’s Requirement: Supplying Equipment for Electrical Lab at a University in Ibra, Oman

BCT Learning, a leader in educational solutions, successfully undertook a transformative initiative to enhance the Electrical Machine Lab and Power System Lab at a prominent university in Ibra, Oman. The project aimed to equip the university with cutting-edge technology to enrich students’ understanding of electrical machines, power transmission, and distribution.

Challenges: The university faced significant challenges in delivering practical, hands-on education to its electrical engineering students. Outdated equipment and a lack of modern resources hindered the effectiveness of the curriculum. Recognizing the need for a transformative solution, the university sought a partner who could provide state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring students were well-prepared for the challenges of the rapidly evolving electrical engineering landscape.

Solution Provided: BCT Learning proposed a tailored solution that included a range of state-of-the-art equipment, providing students with practical insights into electrical machines, power transmission, and distribution systems. The scope of supply encompassed diverse components, from motors and transformers to simulation software and measurement instruments.

Electrical Machine Lab:

Electrical lab by BCT learning

The centrepiece of the solution was the Electrical Machines Trainer with Simulation Software, equipped with a 40-user license. This comprehensive setup included an impressive array of machines such as the 3-phase squirrel cage motor, soft starter, synchronous motor/generator, and more. The modular design allowed for flexibility, enabling the incorporation of additional components based on evolving educational needs.

Key Features:

  • Low-cost Start-up and Installation: The implementation was designed to be cost-effective, ensuring accessibility for educational institutions with varying budgetary constraints.
  • Modular Concept for Flexibility: Recognizing the dynamic nature of electrical engineering education, the modular approach allowed easy integration of new components and technologies.
  • Multi-output DC, Single, and Three-phase Supply: The lab provided a versatile power supply, catering to the diverse needs of experiments and practical demonstrations.
  • Comprehensive Choice of Instrumentation: From measurement modules with communication ports to torque and speed measurement units, students had access to a wide range of instruments, enhancing their understanding of electrical phenomena.
  • Dedicated Software (IT-198SW): The inclusion of specialized software, designed in the National Instrument LABVIEW environment, elevated the lab’s capabilities. It allowed for real-time measurement, data acquisition, and analysis, providing a holistic learning experience.

Power System Lab

Power System lab by BCT Learning

The Electrical Power Transmission and Distribution Trainer offered a module-based approach, including a variable three-phase power supply, line models, transformers, and various loads. The lab facilitated experiments covering three-phase transformer studies, overhead line modeling, and busbar system operations.

The second phase of the project involved upgrading the Power System Lab. This transformative initiative aimed to equip students with practical insights into power transmission and distribution systems, essential for understanding the complexities of the electrical grid.

Key Components:

  • Variable Three-Phase Power Supply: The lab included a versatile power supply, enabling students to simulate various scenarios and understand the nuances of three-phase power systems.
  • Line Models: Two line models with simulated lengths of 360 km and 100 km respectively provided a realistic representation of power transmission lines, allowing students to explore the impact of distance on transmission efficiency.
  • Three-Phase Transformer: A crucial component for understanding power exchange between networks, the three-phase transformer was equipped with variable secondary voltage for comprehensive experimentation.
  • Load Components: Resistive, inductive, and capacitive loads were included to allow students to study the behavior of the power system under different load conditions.
  • Power Circuit Breakers and Disconnectors: Integrated with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), these components added a layer of automation, introducing students to modern power system control mechanisms.
  • Line Capacitors, Petersen Coil: These components allowed students to delve into topics such as reactive power compensation and the impact of various elements on the power grid.

Experiments Included:

  • Three-phase transformer experiments
  • Overhead line model experiments
  • Alternator and parallel operation experiments
  • Busbar system experiments

Results and Benefits: The implementation of BCT Learning’s comprehensive solution resulted in a profound transformation of the university’s electrical engineering curriculum. Students no longer grappled with theoretical concepts alone but gained practical insights into the functioning of electrical machines and power systems.

Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes: The hands-on approach significantly increased student engagement. They were not just passive learners but active participants in experiments that mirrored real-world scenarios. The interactive nature of the labs enhanced their understanding of complex concepts, fostering a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of electrical engineering.

Faculty Training and Support: Recognizing the importance of faculty development, BCT Learning provided on-site installation, commissioning, and product training. Faculty members were equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively integrate the new equipment into their teaching methodologies. This approach ensured the sustainability and long-term success of the project.

In conclusion, the collaboration between BCT Learning and the university in Ibra serves as a model for the seamless integration of cutting-edge technology into educational environments, ensuring that the next generation of electrical engineers is well-equipped to drive innovation and progress in the field.

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