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CSM3035 - Network Engineering, Modelling and Management (2012)

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MODULE TITLENetwork Engineering, Modelling and Management CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3035 MODULE CONVENERDr Mohammad Abusara (Coordinator)
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 43
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module has been designed to develop the candidate knowledge in Power Electronics and Power Systems. The future grid will see more integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and thus it is vital to understand Power electronics which is the enabling technology for integrating RES to the Grid. This module is essential for Renewable Energy students. The completion of the second year Electrical module (CSM2044) is a prerequisite.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The objective of this module is to consolidate and further develop candidates’ core knowledge and understanding of electrical power systems engineering, particularly the issues associated with the connection of renewable energy projects to electricity distribution grids. The overall expected level of attainment is a capability to conduct sensible dialogue with specialist electrical engineers that have been commissioned to complete grid connection studies. Economic, legal and regulatory factors, which influence the design and operation of electricity transmission and distribution networks, are also covered.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. Knowledge and understanding of data requirements and the mathematical pre-processing methods that should be adopted in order to conduct calculations to simulate or analyse the performance of electrical transmission and distribution networks.

2. Familiarity with the technical terms relevant to the operation, management, policy and regulatory aspects of a typical electricity supply industry.

3. Good understanding of the underlying physics relevant to the operation and stability of an electricity network.

4. Understanding of the different factors to be taken into account, and an appreciation of potential problems that might present, in managing a transmission or distribution network, including load factors, balancing load and generation, control of network voltage and frequency, reactive power requirements etc. This should be done through the tutorials, coursework and the use of the supporting computer software i.e. PowerFactory/DIgSILENT toward completion of the design assignment.

5. Good understanding of the level of losses inherent in the operation of an electrical network, their particular causes and potential approaches to their reduction, particularly the role of distributed generation. This should be done through the tutorials, coursework and the use of the supporting computer software i.e. PowerFactory/DIgSILENT toward completion of the design assignment and the successful completion of simulation practical.

6. An understanding of regulatory impacts on decisions relating to network integration, maintenance and development, with particular regard to economic implications and incentives for companies in monopoly and competitive sectors.

7. Basic capability to use electrical network simulation software to conduct simple grid connection studies for complex wind (familiar context) and wave power projects (unfamiliar contexts), evident through completion of the design assignment.

8. Ability to specify (generate) and interpret (analyse) grid connection studies for renewable energy plant conducted by third parties, evident in the design assignment report.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

9. Candidates should demonstrate, good understanding of the capabilities of mathematical and computer methods for solving electrical network distribution problems and be capable of assessing the limitations of such software in complex renewable energy project development.

10. Candidates should be capable of identifying inconsistencies and misleading impressions from data and the sufficiency and appropriateness of data for analysis. This should be evident in the design assessment report.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

11. Candidates should demonstrate in writing their ability to make effective use of resources provided and to locate further resources to be needed to supplement their study. This should be evident in the design assessment report.

12. Candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the functionality of an electrical network simulation package (PowerFactory/DlgSILENT). This should be evident through the successful submission of the design assignment.


SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module


Week 1

1)Distributed Generation: Introduction to Distribution Generation; the general characteristics of electrical transmission and distribution networks; the role of distributed generation in local and national energy supply, and the technical constraints inherent in their use.

2) Power System Analysis: Generation connection studies: voltage rise, fault level increase, islanding and transformer tap-changes, load flow analysis, active and reactive power flows over high and low voltage transmission lines, reverse power flow issues; site design analysis, format of a professional connection study report, DNO interfacing, thermal limits & losses, cable sizing, reactive power compliance.

3) Fault Analysis: Fault level and fault flow calculation; transient analysis; symmetrical components; zero sequence, negative sequence and positive sequence voltage and currents; balanced and unbalanced systems; types of unsymmetrical faults i.e. single line to ground (SLG), line-to-line (LL), double line to ground (LLG).

4) Generators: basic power transfer mechanisms in power systems, generator modelling, synchronous machines, induction machines, wind turbine models, doubly fed induction generators (DFIG), fixed speed types induction generators, Synchronous permanent magnet generators (PMG), equivalent circuits of synchronous and induction generators and use them to calculate their performance

5) Operation of Power Systems: variable nature of most renewable sources when integrating renewable energy sources into power networks; demand forecasting, generation scheduling, security and optimum dispatch studies in power systems; costs of generating electricity from various traditional and renewable plants; aggregation of consumers and of renewable sources; cycling and reserve costs; financial penalties associated to increments in penetration; economic effect of combining renewables

6) Control of Power Systems: delivered electrical energy to meet certain quality standards at fixed frequency and voltage with an acceptable level of reliability; function of generator governors, power shared between synchronous generators fitted with different governor types; mechanisms available to control frequency in stand alone systems, mechanisms used to control frequency in large systems, function of automatic voltage regulators, local nature of reactive power control and reactive power management in large systems

7) Stability of Power Systems: electrical stiffness; swing equation; inertia constant; equal area criterion multi machine stability analysis; factors affecting stability; transient stability, small signal stability, voltage stability problem: causes and improvement methods; impact of renewable on the dynamics and stability of power systems, wide area control.

8) Power Electronics: explains what power electronics; brief review of the characteristics of various power semiconductor devices; application of power electronics in renewable energy; a broad overview of advanced power electronics technologies with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary aspects of integrated design

9) Power Electronics System Integration: Investigation of relationships between system application requirements and technological challenges in circuit topologies, power semiconductor devices, sensing and control, integrated packaging, and thermal management, and their impact on the system reliability and cost; concept of integrated power electronics modules and application in distributed power systems and motor drives.

10) Power Quality: influence of grid connected renewable energy systems on power quality, voltage sag, variations and flicker, switching operation of renewable energy, harmonics caused by nonlinear load, power electronic loads, rectifiers and inverters in motor drives.

11) FACTS devices: FACTS concept and general system considerations; power flow in AC System; definitions on FACTS; basic types of FACTS controllers; converters for static compensation and the application in network integration.

12) HVDC: large scaled integration of transmission network; High Voltage DC transmission; the output from on-shore wind farms is connected to the AC network through an AC line; future of HVDC technology; the pros and cons of using a DC link to transport energy from large offshore wind farms; conventional and VSC based HVDC schemes are compared

Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 21 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 6 Tutorials
Guided independent study 73 Private study


FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Fault analysis   1-12 Written


Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Assignment 100   1-12 Written


DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period



As above 1 piece of CW 100%

INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:


1. B. M. Weedy, Electric Power Systems, 4th Edition, Wiley 1998. Lib Shelf Number: 621.3191 WEE                                            


2. Grainger, J. & Stevenson, W., 1994. Power Systems: Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill Education, LIB Shelf Number: 621.319 GRA    


3. Mohamed E. El-Hawary, Electrical Energy Systems, Boca Rotan, London, CRC 20000. LIB Shelf Number: 621.31 ELH.                            


4. J. D. Glover & M.S. Sarma, Power system analysis and design, Brooks-Cole/Thomson Learning, 2002,  Lib Shelf Number: 621.319 GLO 


5. J. C. Das, Power system analysis : short-circuit load flow and harmonics, Marcel Dekker, 2002, Lib Shelf Number: 621.310151 DAS         


6. S.M.Godoy, Renewable Energy Systems: design and analysis with induction generators, London, CRC 2004. LIB Shelf Number: 621.3136 SIM.   


7. E. Lakervi & E. J. Holmes, Electricity Distribution Network Design, 2nd Edition, IET Power Series, Lib Shelf Number: 621.3192 LAK


8. A. Greenwood, Electrical Transients in power systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 1991. LIB Shelf Number: 621.31921 GRE.            


9. Gwyther, H F G., Solving problems in electrical power and power electronics. Harlow : Longman, 1988, Lib Shelf Number: 621.317 GWY      


10. A. Trzynadlowski, Introduction to modern power electronics, Chichester : Wiley, 1998, Lib Shelf Number: 621.313 TRZ                     


11. D.A. Bradley, Power electronics, Wokingham : van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987, Lib Shelf Number: 621.317 BRA                                


12. E. Ohno, Introduction to power electronics, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1988, Lib Shelf Number: 621.317 OHN                              


MathCAD E-books:                                                                                                                           




Electrical Power Systems Analysis. Available on any IT services PC cluster on Tremough Campus                                              


Electrical machinery. Available on any IT services PC cluster on Tremough Campus                                                           



ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 21 July 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Power Electronics, Power Systems