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MEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Energy Transport and Conversion

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN10212
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


Fundamentals of power conversion

- System Architectures: Review of power conversion system architectures typically used in AC-grid connected, and transport applications. Identification of the function of the different power conversion systems.

- Mechanics and Thermal Principles: Linear and angular speeds and accelerations, force, and torque. Heat sources and mechanisms, thermal networks, temperature rise and thermal management.

- Electrical Machines: DC machines are analysed. Other motor types are introduced.

- Energy: Conservation of energy, power and energy. Different forms of energy. Introduction to the main energy storage technologies for AC-grid connected power storage, and transport.


Fundamentals of power systems

- Demand and Generation: In which the mechanism of generation are covered, and the nature of power demand.

- AC Circuit Analysis: Building directly on the first-year circuit course, Resonance is taught to introduce ideas about energy in circuits. Phasors are reviewed and power factor correction discussed.

- Three-Phase systems: Three-phase circuits are covered, including star and delta connections and three-phase sources.

- Transmission of Electrical Energy: The requirement of balancing Demand and Generation are discussed. Techniques for calculations of power flows and voltages in networks are introduced along with what limits transmission capacity through a line. Finally the emergence of DC transmission as a technology is reviewed.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Circuit Analysis EEEN10121 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 2020/21 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:

Provide an introduction to the production, storage, transmission and use of electrical energy, in both land-based, and transport applications.


Learning outcomes

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




  • Describe the basic principles of mechanics and thermal networks, DC machines, AC circuit theory and energy storage technologies, and perform basic calculations on these systems.




  • Describe the process of conventional and renewable electricity generation, and the matching of generation and demand.




  • Evaluate simple mechanical, thermal and electrical systems.




  • Describe the relationship between political, commercial, social and technical pressures in engineering design.




  • Perform calculations on mechanical, thermal, DC machine and energy storage systems, and AC circuits involving phasors, three phase systems as well as real and reactive power.




  • Assimilate and communicate a technical understanding of modern power systems including renewable sources of energy, and electrified forms of transport.




Teaching and learning methods

  Lectures with slides and lots of worked examples; two computer lab exercises; revision surgery.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

Lab 1 

Weighting: 10%

Lab 2 

Weighting: 10%

Marked weekly tutorials

Weighting: 10%

Feedback methods


Recommended reading

[1] Edward Hughes, Electrical & Electronic Technology. Pearson, 2016.
[2] J. A. Harrison, An introduction to electric power systems . London (etc.): Longman, 1980.
[3] G. M. Masters, Renewable and efficient electric power systems . Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
[4] P. C. (Paresh C. Sen, Principles of electric machines and power electronics , 2nd ed. New York¿;: Wiley, 1997.
[5] R. A. Serway, Physics for scientists and engineers /, Tenth edition. Australia¿:: Cengage,, 2018.
[6] M. Sterner and I. Stadler, Eds., Handbook of energy storage demand, technologies, integration . Berlin: Springer, 2019.
[7] O. S. Burheim, Engineering energy storage . London, England: Academic Press, 2017.
[8] J. A. Melkebeek, Electrical machines and drives¿: fundamentals and advanced modelling . Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2018.
[9] N. Mohan, Power electronics¿: converters, applications, and design , 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
[10] J. A. Harrison, An introduction to electric power systems . London (etc.): Longman, 1980.
[11] G. M. Masters, Renewable and efficient electric power systems, 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2013.
[12] E. Hughes, Electrical and Electronic Technology¿: UEL., 11th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education UK, 2012.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 6
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 70

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Mahdieh Sad Abadi Unit coordinator

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