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Unit information: Power Electronics, Machines & Drive Technologies in 2020/21

Unit name Power Electronics, Machines & Drive Technologies
Unit code EENG30013
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Jahdi
Open unit status Not open

EENG20002, MENG20004 or equivalent.



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim of this unit is to understand the requirements of modern power networks in terms of energy conversion through power electronics and machines and demonstrate the benefit of full system integration.

This unit covers the requirements of modern power networks in terms of energy conversion through power electronics and machines. It discusses the basics of power semiconductor devices, converter topologies ranging from the switched-mode power supplies to MW-rated power converters in transmission systems, analysis of power systems and the synchronous machines that connect to these systems.

The unit will use a range of end-to-end case studies to allow students to experience first-hand and explore the design considerations and trade-offs that engineers must balance when prototyping innovative, efficient and integrated solutions to real-world problems.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the units students will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental elements (and their roles) of an electric drive system
  2. Explain the basic operation of power semiconductor devices as a switch and the role of diodes in providing current flow and commutation paths
  3. Implement and appraise, using appropriate modelling techniques over a range of applications and scale
  4. Calculate how power flow is managed in a multi-phase energy system, including stability under transient conditions and fault and unbalanced conditions
  5. Design and evaluate a full end-to-end electric drive using appropriate topologies for the various elements of the system
  6. Explore the impact of electro-mechanical drive integration at the system (application) level

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, activities supported by self-directed exercises and by problem sheets.

Assessment Details

Open-book Timed Assessment: Design report for a power-electronics/machines integrated power system (100%)

Reading and References

Krause P., Analysis of Electric Machinery and Drive Systems, 3rd Ed Wiley 2013

Wildi T., Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems, 6th Ed, Prentice Hall, 2006

B. M. Weedy, “Electric Power Systems”, 3rd Ed., revised, ISBN:0471916595 - Elgerd, O.I., “Basic Electric Power Engineering”, IBSN:0201017172.

R. Erickson, D. Maksimović, “Fundamentals of power electronics”, ISBN:0792372700

N. Mohan, T. Undeland and W. Robbins, “Power Electronic: Converters, Applications and Design”, 3rd Ed., 2002,., ISBN:0471226939

W. Drury, “The Control Techniques Drives and Controls Handbook” (IEE Power and Energy Series 35, Institution of Electrical Engineers, 2001)

J. R. Hendershot and T. J. E. Miller, “Design of Brushless Permanent-Magnet Motors” (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994)

T. Miller, “Electronic Control of Switched Reluctance Machines” (Newnes, 2001)