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ES3B3 Power Systems and Electrical Machines

sus.jpg15_cats.jpgModule Leader: Dr O. Alatise

Co-lecturer: Professor L. Ran

Module Information (Last offered 2014-15)


This 15 CATS module is one of the third year modules for:

Core: Optional:
  • Systems Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering



  • Fundamentals of electrical power engineering
  • Magnetic Systems and passives
  • Power factor correction for electrical systems
  • Power Systems, Load flow analysis
  • Flexible AC Transmission systems
  • Synchronous, induction and DC machines
  • Fundamentals of power electronics for electric drives
  • Case studies (Electric vehicles, trains, air-craft and wind turbines)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to...

  • Understand the principles of operation and analysis of electrical power systems.
  • Calculate the power requirements of machines and prepare a specification for a drive system. Select appropriate drive components to meet a specification.
  • Analyse critically the operation of a drive system and formulate and test hypotheses about its operation.
  • Use appropriate instruments to measure the performance of a system. Analyse and present the results in a concise, informative and readable way.


  • Magnetic systems
  • Passive components and DC transients
  • Fundamentals of electrical power in AC systems and power factor correction
  • 3 phase star and delta connected systems
  • 3 phase transformers
  • Fundamentals of load flow analysis and Power systems
  • Synchronous Machines
  • Induction Machines
  • DC Machines
  • Introduction to Power Electronics for electric drive systems
  • Case studies

Teaching Methods

This module includes 25 hours of lectures, 5 hours of seminars, 2 hours of examples classes and 6 hours of laboratory sessions.

Required self-study: 112 hours


A 15 CATS module: 70% examined via a 3 hour paper

Exam rubric information

  • 4 compulsory questions

and 30% assessed consisting of laboratory report (10%) and test (20%).

Links to:

Student Resources

Staff Pages

Reading List

Recommended Textbook:


Hughes, Electrical and Electronic Technology (9th Edition)

Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-114397-2