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Gross tackles this subject with ease and grace rarely seen in today's textbooks.
on June 7, 2012
This is an excellent text. Gross takes the often butchered subject of EM machines and shows how it should be taught. In industry, you don't just consider the electric motor and generator alone. There are controls and governors and prime movers and then there's the consideration of the load. Also, inrush currents are very important in applications. Unless you actually design electric machines for a living, most texts that neglect the real-world aspect of EM machines are doing the student a very great disservice. It's nice to have a book that really gives an accurate idea about how motors and generators are used in the real world. Most texts neglect this, including the Fitzgerald staple, and if they don't it's at the end of the text and very vague.
So, Gross takes those concepts and integrates them into the fundamentals of the motor and generator. Someone who reads this text will be very well educated on how motors and generators are really used in the real world, not to mention transformers. What's really impressive about this book is that Gross uses schematics that mimic real-life industry schematics, like his 3-line diagram for transformers. He even includes the zig-zag wired transformer! I have never seen that in a book like this. I highly recommend this book.
P.S. I also highly recommend his power systems book.