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Unit of study_

ELEC9203: Electricity Networks

This unit of study provides an introduction to electrical power engineering and lays the groundwork for more specialised units. It assumes a competence in first year mathematics (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in elements of introductory physics. A revision will be carried out of the use of phasors in steady state ac circuit analysis and of power factor and complex power. The unit comprises an overview of modern electric power system with particular emphasis on generation and transmission. The following specific topics are covered. The use of three phase systems and their analysis under balanced conditions. Transmission lines: calculation of parameters, modelling, analysis. Transformers: construction, equivalent circuits. Generators: construction, modelling for steady state operation. The use of per unit system. The analysis of systems with a number of voltage levels. The load flow problem: bus and impedance matrices, solution methods. Power system transient stability. The control of active and reactive power. Electricity markets, market structures and economic dispatch. Types of electricity grids, radial, mesh, networks. Distribution systems and smart grids.

Code ELEC9203
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
ELEC3203 OR ELEC5732
Assumed knowledge:
This unit of study assumes a competence in first year mathematics (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in basic electromagnetics.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. write a report to communicate complex project specific information concisely and accurately and to the degree of specificity required by the engineering project at hand
  • LO2. work in a group, manage or be managed by a leader in roles that optimise the contribution of all members while showing initiative and receptiveness so as to jointly achieve engineering project goals in a laboratory environment
  • LO3. solve problems specific to the operation of engineering power systems by undertaking information investigation and selection and adopting a system based approach
  • LO4. understanding the per unit systems to the extent of the course content
  • LO5. perform analysis using per unit systems
  • LO6. understand specific tools such as load flow software and the information provided by such tools to the extent of exercises and projects set throughout the course
  • LO7. examine the relationship between load flow software and other computer-based software used in modern power systems, by looking into the concepts, principles and techniques employed
  • LO8. apply fundamental scientific concepts and procedures to the specific engineering models developed in the unit.

Unit outlines

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