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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. Modelling tools for electrical machine design: magnetic circuit equivalent circuits and finite element analysis
4. Basic electromagnetic design principles and characteristics of electrical generators: induction, synchronous, PM machines and switched reluctance.
5. Thermal aspects of electrical machines.
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 & DC-AC.
9. Characteristics of integrated electro-mechanical systems with power converter topologies for different drivetrain options.
10. Control of drivetrains for optimum energy capture.
11. Grid connection of electro-mechanical systems.
12. Reliability issues.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, 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) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Take home exam (50%)
Oral presentation: seminar and questions (50%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understanding of the challenges for design of drivetrains in offshore renewable energy converters
  2. An understanding of the analytical and numerical modelling techniques used in generator design, in particular induction, synchronous, permanent magnet and reluctance machines
  3. An understanding of the various components in power converters and their interface to prime mover grid.
  4. Control of drivetrains and power converters to optimise energy conversion from prime mover to grid of different electromechanical drivetrains.
  5. The synthesis of outputs from research papers in electrical machines and power converters in all of the above aspects
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsOffshore Renewable Energy,Professional Doctorate
Course organiserDr Markus Mueller
Tel: (0131 6)50 5602
Course secretaryDr Katrina Tait
Tel: (0131 6)51 9023
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