MSc Electrical Power Systems Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN60631
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No



Analysis And Control Of Power Electronics Systems (15 hours):

-           Piece-wise-linear modelling and numerical techniques for time-domain solution. Circuit simulation.                    State-space averaging, and small-signal linearization. Transfer function models.

-           Lumped parameter modelling of transient and steady-state electrical, electronic, mechanical and                        thermal systems, application of state-variable systems.


Analysis and Control Of Large Networks (10 hours):

-           Formulation of the power flow problem from first principles: Rectangular and polar forms;                          numbers of equations and variables; Bus classification (PQ, PV, slack); matrix-vector formulation.                      (3 lectures)

-           Solution techniques for the power flow problem: Newton-Raphson algorithms (basic principle in                  one-dimension; extension to the multi-dimensional case; load flow feasibility, convergence and ill-                      conditioning; exploitation of PQ decoupling), DC power flow. (3 lectures)

-           Control of real and reactive power flows: effects of tap changers and quadrature boosters.                            (2 lectures)

              -           Frequency regulation techniques in large power networks. (2 lectures)


Faults in large networks (5 hours):

-           Symmetrical fault calculations: Modelling of networks under fault; solution using basic circuit                           analysis; the concept of short-circuit level and its factors of influence; faults in large networks.                             (2 lectures)

-           Asymmetrical fault calculations: Synthesis and connections of sequence networks; solution of                        sequence networks by standard circuit analysis techniques; transformation back to the phase domain.              (3 lectures)




Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Electrical Energy Systems EEEN60302 Co-Requisite Compulsory


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in the current academic year and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

The course unit aims to:

Revise and build on control systems analysis for electrical/mechanical systems and power networks.

The unit develops models for use in system integration studies. These include power electronic converters, machines, other actuators, mechanisms and thermal considerations. 

The unit will also develop and formulate techniques and models of power networks for use in steady state analysis. Different method for power flow will be developed and used as a basis for quasi-steady state regulation and control of systems based on power imbalance. The unit will also revise techniques for analysis of faulted power systems and apply these to larger networks to evaluate system performance. 


Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:




  • Perform fault and power flow analysis using a variety of methods by selecting relevant data and appraise the suitability of different methods for hand and computer-based solutions.




  • Create state feedback models from system equations and design and tune appropriate controllers. Apply a variety of methods to analyse the performance of the resulting systems.




  • Describe the main factors of modelling and tuning time domain systems as well as the impacts and interactions of these factors, with particularly consideration to command tracking, robustness and noise rejection.




  • Describe the models and control schemes used for frequency containment in interconnected power systems and perform frequency disturbance calculations.




Teaching and learning methods

Lectures delivered with in class examples. Tutorials to address common misconceptions and show further working through typical questions. E-learning used to provide access to distance version of the course with additional videos and worksheets to support all material.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 20%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Practical classes & workshops 6
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 108

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robin Preece Unit coordinator

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