88144 - Industrial Electrical Engineering P

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  • Teacher Gabriele Neretti

  • Credits 3

  • SSD ING-IND/31

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Mechatronics (cod. 5818)

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Concepts and methodologies related to stationary and slowly variables electromagnetic phenomena. Basic instruments for the analysis of electrical and magnetic circuits. Principles of operation of the main electromagnetic and electromechanical devices.

Course contents

EM phenomenology

Electric charges and their motion. Electric field, electric tension and potential difference. Electric current density. Electric current and conservation of electric charge. Total electric current density. Magnetic flux density. Induction law and Ampere law. Integral and local form of EM equations. Material relations. SI unit system.

DC circuits

Definition of a lumped parameters circuit. Voltage and current Kirchhoff laws. Direction convention. Tellegen theorem. Definition of passive and active, linear and non-linear, time dependent and time-independent components. Definition of the main two-terminal ideal components: resistor, capacitor, inductor. Series and parallel resistors. Delta-wye transformation. Current divider.

Methods for the circuit analysis

General Kirchhoff method. Superposition principle. Definition of transfer function. Thevenin and Norton theorems with independent and dependent sources. Theorem of the maximum power transfer. Nodal analysis and modified nodal analysis.

Readings/Bibliography

Lessons are available on Virtuale Unibo. This material is exhaustive for the comprehension of the course. Recommended books are

-‘Electric circuits’ Charles K. Alexander, Matthew N. O. Sadiku and

-‘Electrotechnics: Principals and Applications’ G. Rizzoni.

-'Elettrotecnica: elementi di teoria ed esercizi' di M. Repetto e S. Leva

- 'Elettrotecnica 1 e 2' di G. Chitarin, F. Gnesotto, M. Guarnieri, A. Machio, A. Stella

Teaching methods

The 30 hours of frontal teaching include the theoretical part of the course and the exercises suitable for the in-depth study of electrical and magnetic circuits

Assessment methods

Verification of learning takes place through a final exam that ascertains the acquisition of the knowledge and skills expected by carrying out a written test lasting 1 hour and a half.


The test usually consists in the resolution of 1 exercise in which it is required to study an electrical circuit in steady state regime, and in an open question relating to theoretical aspects.


The grade of the exercise will weigh 2/3 of the final grade, the theoretical question 1/3.


Passing the exam will be guaranteed to students who demonstrate mastery and operational ability in relation to the key concepts illustrated in the teaching, and in particular in relation to the fundamental concepts of electromagnetism and the ability to solve electrical and magnetic circuits. A higher score will be attributed to students who will demonstrate that they understand and are able to use and connect all the teaching contents. Failure to pass the exam may be due to insufficient knowledge of the key concepts.

Teaching tools

- Online material on professor website

Office hours

See the website of Gabriele Neretti