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Postgraduate Course: Electromechanical & Electronic Energy Conversion Systems (IDCORE) (PGEE11091)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to give students an excellent working knowledge and understanding of the theory, technology and practice of electrical energy conversion and conditioning in offshore renewable energy converters. Equipping them to gain maximum benefit from direct/indirect exposure to the practice & challenges in electrical generators, power electronics and control during their industrial projects.
Course description 1. Challenges of electromechanical systems in offshore renewables.
2. Characteristics of geared, hydraulic, air & waterturbines, and direct drive systems.
3. Basic electromagnetic design principles and characteristics of electrical generators: induction, synchronous, PM machines and switched reluctance.
4. Structural and thermal design of electrical machines.
5. Modelling tools for electrical machine design: magnetic circuit equivalent circuits and finite element analysis.
6. Manufacture of electrical generators.
7. Characteristics and applications of different types of power electronic switches, thyristors, GTO, IGBT, GCT, MOSFET.
8. Standard power converter circuits: DC-DC, AC-DC & DCAC.
9. Characteristics of integrated electro-mechanical systems with power converter topologies for different drivetrain options.
10. Control of drivetrains for optimum energy capture.
11. Analysis of typical fault conditions and their impact on the
electro-mechanical characteristics.
12. Grid connection of electro-mechanical systems.
13. Reliability issues.
14. Novel electro-mechanical systems and power converters.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) Take home exam (50%)
Oral presentation: seminar and questions (50%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
A knowledge of different types of drivetrains and the potential choice of generators, including hydraulic, geared and direct drive systems.
The electro-mechanical characteristics of such drivetrains.
Basic design principles of electrical generators, including induction, field wound synchronous, permanent magnet machines, and switched reluctance machines.
Power conversion of variable voltage variable frequency drivetrains to fixed frequency and voltage for grid connection.
An understanding of the various components in power converters and their interface to prime mover and grid.
Control of drivetrains and power converters to optimise energy conversion from prime mover to grid.
Control of drivetrains during fault conditions and the ability
to provide grid services.
An understanding of the reliability of different electromechanical
Novel generator and power converter technologies, such as
air-cored PM generators, high temperature superconductor
(HTS) technology, multi-level converters, matrix converters & HVDC technology.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsOffshore Renewable Energy,Professional Doctorate
Course organiserDr Robin Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)50 5587
Course secretaryMr Stephen Graham
Tel: (0131 6)51 7213
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