This best-selling text takes on a theoretical, practical, and multidisciplinary approach to provide readers with a thorough understanding of modern electric power. The extensive coverage of a wide range of topics, the liberal use of excellent illustrations and photographs, the real-world orientation to practical issues, and the clear, reader-friendly writing style are only a few of the outstanding features that contribute to the book's success and popularity.
New to this edition is a chapter on programmable logic controllers. It covers the basic principles of PLCs and shows, by way of example, how they are used in running the activities of a large service enterprise. Trend-setting computer-based activities involving controls and automation integrated with other business activities, including e-commerce, are illustrated.
Exercises at the end of each chapter are divided into four levels: practical, intermediate, advanced, and industrial application. To encourage the reader to solve the problems, answers are given at the back of the book. A free Instructor's Manual (ISBN 0-13-093084-9) is available to instructors.
Offering a theoretical, practical, and multi-disciplinary approach to modern electric power, this text covers fundamental concepts, electrical machines and transformers, electrical and electronic drives, and electric utility power systems. Specific chapters discuss units, circuits, mechanics and heat, direct-current generators and motors, efficiency and heating electrical machines, three-phase circuits, various kinds of transformers, induction motors, synchronous generators, types of motors and varieties of motor control, generation of electrical energy, transmission, distribution, the cost of electricity, solid-state controllers, harmonics, and programmable logic controllers. Wildi is an emeritus professor at Laval University.