Postgraduate Course: Elements of Power Systems Operation (MSc) (PGEE11168)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides students with analysis and practice of the basic working principles of electrical machines, power electronics and power systems that are applicable in the context of sustainable energy systems. The course is split into two components.
The first component explores Power Systems, where the students work in groups to design a grid extension, with the assistance of a power flow simulation software as is widely used in industry.
The second component explores Power Electronics and Machines, where the students get to test in the lab the behaviour of motors and generators in different operational conditions.
This course provides students with analysis and practice of the basic working principles of electrical machines, power electronics and power systems that are applicable in the context of sustainable energy systems. The course is split into two components. The first component explores Power Systems, where the students work in groups to design a grid extension, with the assistance of a power flow simulation software as is widely used in industry. The second component explores Power Electronics and Machines, where the students get to test in the lab the behaviour of motors and generators in different operational conditions. The courses contains a mixture of self-learning, computer-based work using specialist software and practical work on electrical hardware.
The first component explores Power Systems in weeks 1 to 5. It involves a group design exercise where students work in groups to design a power system based on specific criteria. The design will involve both a technical anaylsis and an economic analysis in order to appraise the feasibility of the proposed design. To assist with the exercise, the students are instructed to use a power flow simulation tool of the type that is widely used in industry. Students submit a group report which is assessed. Student performance within the group is assessed by their peers. Students will supported through 15 hours of supervised lab time.
The second component explores Power Electronics and Machines in weeks 6 to 9. It involves building a lab-scale power generation system and testing it under a range of different conditions. Students will work in small groups of 2 or 3 and will spend up to 6 hours in a supervised electrical laboratory. Students submit an individual report which is assessed.
Both components rely on students to self-learn the material necessary to complete the tasks. This will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 16,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Other Study Hours 53,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Continuous feedback will be provided during planned lab and group design project contact hours.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the principles of construction and operation of induction and synchronous machines, and model the performance of these machines as motors or generators by using their equivalent circuits.
- Understand the operation and key voltage and current waveforms of standard rectifier and inverter circuits.
- Represent complex loads and operation of transmission and distribution systems and perform load-flow calculations.
- Construct single-phase per-unit fault equivalent circuits of power systems and calculate fault levels and distribution of fault currents.
- Work within a group to perform outline designs of a reinforcement of a power system (Power System Group Design Project) and carry out techno-economic and investment appraisal of the proposal.
|G. Rizzoni, "Principles and Applications of Electrical Engineering", McGraw-Hill|
Electric Machinery Fundamentals: Chapman (McGraw Hill)
Power Electronics: Mohan, Undeland & Robbins (Wiley) ISBN 0-471-22693-9.
Power System Analysis: Saadat (McGraw Hill)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||sustainable energy systems,power systems,electrical machines,power electronics
|Course organiser||Dr Jonathan Shek
Tel: (0131 6)50 7814
|Course secretary||Mr James Foster
Tel: (0131 6)51 3562