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Postgraduate Course: Power Engineering Fundamentals (MSc) (PGEE10037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will develop understanding of fundamental building blocks of a modern electrical power system, ranging from high capacity generation to low power point of use power supplies.
The students gain analysis and skills in three core areas, power systems, electrical machines and power electronics.
Power Electronics: The concept of switch mode power conversion will be developed starting with basic circuits and extended to more complex topologies and functions, including the generation of two and three phase ac waveforms.
Electrical Machines: Transient and variable speed control of synchronous and induction machines will be developed, in the context of generation in power networks and variable speed systems in wind energy. The use of power electronic converters to achieve variable speed control will link into the power electronics aspect of the course. Electro-mechanical and thermal analysis of transients and variable speed will be developed.
Power Systems: This part of the course will consider a number of relevant technical and engineering aspects of operation, control and protection of electrical machines and power supply systems with distributed generation.

A range of case studies will be used to illustrate: how power electronics may be applied to real world applications; control and operation of networks with distributed generation; calculation or estimation of short circuit fault currents and overcurrent protection settings.
Course description Power Electronics:
1. Introduction to switch mode power conversion.
2. DC/DC Converters (Buck analysis to be covered in detail with introduction to other base topologies).
3. Isolated DC/DC converters
4. DC/AC Converters (Topology and Modulation and Harmonics)
5. Introduction to losses and heatsinking.
6. Applications.
1. Variable speed control of induction machines & 4-Q operation.
2. Doubly Fed Induction generators for wind energy.
3. Electromechanical analysis of machine transients.
4. Thermal analysis and machine rating.
5. Machine sizing and design
6. Duty cycle analysis for different applications.
Power System:
1. Control Systems and Stability of Synchronous Generators.
2. Operation of Distributed Generators in Power Supply Systems.
3. Balanced Per-Unit Short Circuit Fault Analysis.
4. Power System Protection Equipment.
5. Overcurrent Protection: Operate Currents, Device Characteristics, Time and Amplitude Discrimination.
6. Overcurrent Protection Case Study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 141 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 100%
Feedback Opportunity for feedback at interactive sessions (tutorials and discussion space)
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a sound understanding of the operation of power electronic converters and their use in power systems applications.
  2. Be able to explain how power electronic converters can be used to control electrical motors and generators.
  3. Have an understanding of the design and operation of electrical machines used in renewable energy and other applications.
  4. Have a good understanding of control, operation and transient performance of synchronous machines and understand how simple power systems containing distributed generation should be designed, operated and protected.
  5. Understand basic principles of power system protection and be able to calculate short circuit fault currents and overcurrent protection setting.
Reading List
Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design: N. Mohan et al., (Wiley, ISBN 0-471-22693-9)
Electric Machinery Fundamentals: Chapman (McGraw Hill)
Power Systems Analysis: H. Saadat/Grainger & Stevenson (McGraw Hill)
Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems, Theodore Wildi (Pearson)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Stephen Finney
Tel: (0131 6)50 5724
Course secretaryMiss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532
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