From: John Popelish
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Subject: Re: Publishing engineering techniques?
Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 17:39:02 GMT
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Chris Carlen wrote:
> In my recent experiences with PLLs and motors, I have worked through a
> procedure for characterizing the paramters of a DC motor, as well as
> some Mathematica code for calculating loop filter parameters and
> plotting transfer functions, all that stuff.
> I am writing a document describing the process of characterizing the
> motor, to be followed by a document describing the Mathematica
> calculations and the procedure for developing certain cases (as in
> simple ones) for the loop filter for a motor PLL. Not sure if this will
> include actual MMA code, or just describe my approach in traditional
> mathematical notation.
> I am preparing these documents for one main reason: I found the
> existing documents on the subject such as the Unitrode ones a bit hard
> to follow, requiring great pains to figure them out. Perhaps that was
> because I was coming at it "cold" with no prior PLL experience, so I had
> to learn it all from scratch as I was going along. So I think I may be
> able to explain it better to those folks who are coming at it cold like
> myself, with a more step by step formula approach, but including as well
> all the derivations from basic theory and reasoning needed to understand
> where the formulas are coming from, so one could adapt the process to
> different situations.
> Thus, my preparing such a document could be of benefit to engineers
> wanting to learn the subject of motor PLLs, by providing hopefully a
> more approachable treatment.
> My question: Is such a thing worth trying to publish in a journal, and
> if so, which ones might be appropriate? I am not currently subscribed
> to any EE journals or associations. I'm not even an EE. I have been
> considering subscribing to some, just to keep abreast, but haven't
> gotten to it yet. I wonder if my document is on a relatively trivial
> subject, and so wouldn't be worth publishing. It seems journals publish
> mostly cutting edge stuff. My paper will be old-hat, just a different
> I remember in my chemistry days, there was the "American Journal of
> Chemical Education" journal, I think it was called. In there we could
> publish a lot of not so cutting edge stuff, but which was useful to
> students and educators. I wonder if something like that might be
> appropriate. Perhaps there is a Physics Ed. journal that might be a
> good place.
> Suggestions appreciated. The document itself is coming along rather
> slowly, because I have to work, study for school, and chase the wife
> around the house. All that time consuming stuff. But I think at least
> the motor characterizing paper will be done before the end of the year.
> Suggestions welcome.
> Good day!
These days, I think the common form of such publications is to build a