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Course Overview

The course studies the systems for the generation, transmission and use of electrical energy.  The per-unit notation system is introduced. Basic approaches in the three phase AC systems analysis are introduced.  Three-phase induction and synchronous machines are studied, and a simple equivalent circuit for the machine is derived and used to explore the operating limitations of each type of the machine.  Modern power conversion methods are discussed for conversion between AC and DC.  This discussion includes power electronic switches and the basic topology of rectifiers, DC-DC converters and inverters.  The advantages of switching conversion techniques over traditional circuits are highlighted.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

One component of the coursework is the Design of an electromagnet   (15 mark)

A scenario is presented which gives specifications for an electromagnet to be used. Data sheets on core sizes and weights are given as are data sheets on different wire sizes and weights. The specification given also provides the temperature, mass, size restrictions and required force. Using the available data along with ideas from a design lecture covering the relevant theory the students are required to specify a final design, giving details of the core and the coil to be used for the final electromagnet.  A part of this design is assessed on ethics topics.

Students also carry out the following two experiments in the laboratory: (10% mark)

  • Three-phase full wave rectification is studied with different loads on DC side and DC waveforms are examined for a range of firing angles on 100V, 2A rectifier (5% mark). 
  • The Slip ring induction machine: an investigation of the torque, current and power vs. speed curves of a slip ring induction machine with different rotor characteristics (5%).

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

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