Avista T&D Power Laboratory
Housing new power system simulation equipment worth approximately $550,000, the lab provides students a unique opportunity to model and study power system behavior. Experiments include modeling a small individual power system, synchronizing two or more systems, power transfer between systems, connection and operation of protective devices, and dynamic system behavior under fault conditions.
Herak 208 houses a controls laboratory where students conduct exercises, based on time and frequency domain system analysis techniques, are used to model physical systems typical of control systems. The students analyze a moving-coil permanent-magnet dc motor and a pulse-width modulation amplifier in order to derive a (linearized) working model.
The Automation Lab in Herak 100 is where electrical and computer engineering students learn how to use programmable logic controllers (PLC) to automate manufacturing equipment and systems. Students use a variety of PLC programming languages such as ladder, state logic and grafcet.
Electric Circuits Lab
In Herak 214, students learn the fundamental concepts of electric circuit measurements, understand the main features of power supply sources, analog and digital multimeters, and learn how to operate and use the signal generator and the oscilloscope.
Also held in Herak 208, students conduct experiments in a communication lab where they become acquainted with oscilloscopes, signal generators and spectrum analyzers. Measurement of common signals such as sinusoids and periodic square waves are conducted in both the time and frequency domain. The training and experience that EE students gain in this laboratory enhance their understanding of analog and digital communication systems.