MSc Advanced Electrical Power Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Power Syst Plant, Asset Management and Condition Monitoring

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN60371
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


(1) Basic principles: Key issues underpinning the design of power system equipment, high voltage failure mechanisms and fundamentals of heat transfer in power system equipment

(2) Design of major power system plant components:

(i) Transformers (Transformer design and structure, volts per turn calculation, non-linear transient overvoltage distribution along a winding, thermal diagram, leakage reactance, tap changers, oil/cellulose insulation materials).

(ii) Overhead Lines (Basic overhead line design and top-tower geometry based on voltage level, conductors and sag-tension calculations, lightning protection, EM field environment, insulator design, thermal and current rating).

(iii) Cables (Basic design, single core / three phase construction, XLPE & paper materials, electrical parameters, electric field / minimisation of electric field, thermal calculations including variation with voltage level, sheath bonding techniques).

(iv) Switchgear (Types of switchgear, characteristics of an electric arc, high resistance interruption, low resistance interruption, TRV – single & double frequency, chopping overvoltages).

(3) Asset management and condition monitoring:

(i) The practical nature of managing asset of a large network in the context of testing/diagnostic methods, data collection and interpretation.

(ii) Asset management in the context of a full life cycle expectancy and linking asset management with risk/impact of failure of the components on system performance.

(4) Substation & system design: Earthing systems and insulation coordination



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Electrical Energy Systems EEEN60302 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Analysis of Electrical Power and Energy Conversion Systems EEEN60631 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


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The unit aims to:

(1) Provide students with a clear understanding of the principles underpinning the design of the major items of power system plant.

(2) Allow students to evaluate the design of the major items of power system plant through calculations that are either paper-based, within spreadsheets and/or based on the use of commercial software packages.

(3) Provide students with knowledge of the way asset management techniques can be employed on a power system.

(4) Introduce the electrical measurement techniques and condition diagnostic methods that are used in the type testing process and/or during production / commissioning / inspection.


Learning outcomes

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




Describe the main components of power system plant and the scientific / engineering principles that underpin the design of these components.




Critically analyse the suitability of a specific design of power system equipment for a defined task using a range of paper based calculations, Excel spreadsheets and/or commercial software.




Describe the ways in which power system plant can fail while in service and the measures that can be taken to mitigate these failures and minimise their impact to network operation.




Describe the drivers for effective asset management and explain the way asset management programmes are deployed in power systems.




Explain how future changes in power system design and the need to integrate increasing percentages of low carbon generation will change the design of power system plant / how it is used




Teaching and learning methods

Powerpoint presentation;

“Chalk” and talk;


High voltage laboratory session,

Turning Point (e-learning). 


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%

Written examination

4 questions

Duration: 3 hours

This examination forms 80% of the overall unit assessment


Students will submit a report on transmission line design.

Coursework forms 20% of the overall unit assessment.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 32
Practical classes & workshops 6
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 108

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
KONSTANTINOS Kopsidas Unit coordinator
Qiang Liu Unit coordinator
Paul Jarman Unit coordinator

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