ECE 6614 PD


Extensive electricity utilization represents one of the hallmarks of a modern society. In this course, the basic concepts related to use of electric energy in various industrial applications and important issues related to such usage will be examined. The course also discusses issues related to economics of energy system usage and the concept of load management. The primary objective of the course is to provide students with the skills to understand the analytical methods and modern tools for solution of problems associated with utilization of electric energy in industrial sectors.


  1. Industrial Load Characteristics
  2. Electrical Drives and Industrial Applications
  3. Industrial Power Factor Control
  4. Electric Heating and Welding
  5. Illumination Engineering
  6. Electrolytic Processes
  7. Electric Traction
  8. Economics of Electric Power Supply and Utilization
  9. Demand Side Management

Reference titles

  1. E.R. Laithwaite and L. L. Freris, Electric Energy: Its Generation, Transmission and User, McGraw Hill Co., 1984.
  2. C. L. Wadhwa, Generation, Distribution and Utilization of Electrical Energy, 2006
  3. C. O. Bjork, Industrial Load Management - Theory, Practice and Simulations, Elsevier, 1989
  4. C.W. Gellings and S.N. Talukdar, Load Management Concepts, IEEE Press, 1986
  5. Lecturer Notes and Journal Papers


Basic understanding of electromagnetic energy conversion and power system engineering is required.

Detailed plan

No. Of Weeks Topics Sub-Topics
1 Industrial Load Characteristics
  • Various types of loads
  • Classification of industrial loads
  • Load curves
  • Loads' pick up and restoration characteristics, Load modeling
1 Electrical Drives and Industrial Applications
  • Factors affecting selection of motors
  • Steady state and transient characteristics of drives
  • Size of motors and Load equalization
  • Drives for machine tools, lift and cranes, paper mills, printing machinery
2 Industrial Power Factor Control
  • Capacitor bank installation
  • Power electronics based power factor
  • Penalty design
1 Electric Heating and Welding
  • Salient features of electric heating
  • Resistance heating and Induction heating
  • Electric arc heating and Dielectric heating
  • Methods of generating high frequency power
2 Illumination Engineering
  • Laws of illumination, Polar curves
  • Design of indoor and outdoor systems
  • Street lighting
1 Electrolytic Process
  • Principle of electrodeposition
  • Laws of electrolysis
  • Applications of electrolysis
1 Electric Traction
  • Electrical traction systems
  • Mechanical and electrical characteristics, Speed curves
  • Operations during electrical traction
  • Electrical traction motors
  • Modern control of traction motors
2 Economics of Electric Power Supply and Utilization
  • Economic motive
  • Depreciation
  • Electricity pricing and Tariff
  • Factors influencing tariffs and electricity pricing
  • Economics of power factor
2 Demand Side Management
  • Necessity for Energy Management
  • Direct load control
  • Interruptible load control
  • Dynamic and spot pricing
  • Load scheduling
  • Energy efficiency and Energy saving