Alecop’s ProLAB is the most advanced system for teaching Electrical Machines. It allows students to study, both theoretically and practically, the operation and performance of static and rotating electrical machines from a fundamental level to the most advanced tests.
ProLAB is a modular system, comprising a test bench, power supplies, instruments and various dc, single and 3-phase ac machines and transformers. It can be confi gured traditionally as single workstations, using either conventional or PC based instruments, or networked when only one set of hardware is necessary for each classroom providing a cost effective solution, and a simple upgrade path when student numbers increase. When used with a PC or networked, Diana software provides theory and instruction, as well as control, and guides the student through the construction and assembly of different test strategies. Even complex confi gurations take only minutes to complete. Diana contains standard test routines or allows the student or instructor to set up their own experiments. Each of the m`odules, whether power supplies, loads or instruments can be set up manually or via the software. The machines and test bench are also compatible with conventional instruments. Uniquely Diana contains mathematical models of each machines so the ‘ideal’ simulated test results can be directly compared to those obtained from real machines. Alternatively students can familiarise themselves with test procedures using the simulation before moving on to the actual machine. A document generator helps students produce their laboratory reports. Comprehensive
documentation is provided with experimental manuals for both the student and instructor. ProLAB can be mounted, when required, on a mobile bench for portability. Because it only requires a single phase power supply (three phase for machine operation is generated on-board), it can be used in any classroom so the days of costly dedicated laboratories are past.