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BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Generation and Transport of Electrical Energy

Unit code EEEN20028
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will cover the following:

Part 1: Fundamentals of Electrical Energy & Power System Equipment

  1. Review of fundamental background for electrical energy systems:
  •   i)   Introduction to power system plant and materials. (1 lecture)
  •   ii)  Introduction to components in a substation (1 lecture)
  •   iii) Phasors, real and reactive power and 3-phase circuit theory. (2 lectures)
  1. Power system plant basic design aspects:
  •   i)   Basic design and equivalent circuits for transformers, lines and cables. (4 lectures)
  •   iii) Synchronous generator operation principles and control. (2 lectures)

Part 2: Introduction to Power System Analysis & Symmetrical Fault Calculations

  •   i)   Per-Unit system (definition, choice of base quantities, equivalent circuits). (2 lectures)
  •   ii)  Formulation of 2-bus power flow problem (bus quantities, phasors and transmission of real and reactive power). (2 lectures)
  •   iii) Basic techniques to solve the 2-bus power flow problem. (2 lectures)
  •   iv) Example class: Per unit 2-bus power flow calculation. (1 lecture)
  •   v)  Symmetrical faults. (2 lectures)
  •   vi) Example class: Symmetrical fault and short circuit level calculations. (1 lecture)

Lab: Performing a Network Analysis on Power Flow and Faults. A simplified case of real-life network analysis based on IPSA+ software.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Energy Transport and Conversion EEEN10027 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Machines, Drives & Power Electronics EEEN20020 Co-Requisite Compulsory


The course unit unit aims to:

Develop an understanding of the structure and operating principles of an electrical power system and its components.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Develop an understanding of the processes and equipment used in the conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy and its transport via the power network to the point of utilisation
  • Explain principles of operation of synchronous generators
  • Use equivalent circuit of synchronous generators to perform quantitative analysis of its steady state operation.
  • Explain steady state models of overhead lines, cables and transformers and use their single line diagrams.
  • Use per-unit system to represent a power system network.
  • Discuss transport of active and reactive power over transmission and distribution networks.
  • Analyse a faulty power system, conduct fault current calculations under symmetric fault situations and identify short circuit levels at buses of a power system. 

Intellectual skills:

  • Combine their understanding of the steady-state behaviour of the components of a system into an understanding of the behaviour of the system as a whole
  • Use mathematical models to represent physical components and systems
  • Reason using abstract rather than physical quantities

Practical skills:

  • Perform a power flow calculation analytically and using an industrial standards software package  (IPSA+)
  • Perform a fault calculation analytically and using an industrial standards software package (IPSA+)
  • Critically assess the operation or design of a simple power system

Transferable skills and personal qualities:

  • Summarize and assess numerical data from a commercial simulation package (IPSA+)

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 80%
Written exam 20%

Written Examination:

Three questions, answer all questions

Duration: 2 hours

Calculators are permitted

This examination forms 80% of the unit assessment


One laboratory sessions

Laboratory duration: 3 hours

Assessment based on written report (maximum 8 pages)

The coursework forms 20% of the unit assessment

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 3
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 73

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
KONSTANTINOS Kopsidas Unit coordinator
Lujia Chen Unit coordinator

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