KD6010 - Power Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and the ability to analyse the components of a modern power system. It allows you to study the components and operation of power systems, highlighting the principles, design, control, performance limits and protection from abnormal conditions. The theory, control and the properties of alternators, transmission lines, switchgear and protection will also be covered. Commercial issues surrounding the economics of power generation, electricity market and quality of supply are also explored.
This module also gives you the opportunity to critically analyse and develop an understanding of practical design and implementation issues, such as load flow, fault and stability studies together with methods for voltage and frequency control, including the use of modern FACTS technologies. These and other topics will be reinforced by the use of real-world examples and case studies, with emphasis on the use of modern technologies in power systems.

How will I learn on this module?

The theory, analytical and design procedures of power systems and underlying knowledge covered in this module will be thoroughly investigated in formal lectures. The lecture content will provide formative means to introduce knowledge and investigate real-world case studies. Problem solving and design exercises will be covered in seminar classes in an interactive manner, with you taking a significant role.
Course work complements the delivery of theoretical content though the use of industry standard simulation software (ERACS) to provide you with experience of system design flow, from concept to analysis and development of design specifications. The assignment will enhance your theoretical knowledge and expose them to new technologies in computer-aided design and analysis of power systems.
eLearning portal and recommend books will be used to support the learning process.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All taught materials will be provided on the eLearning platform, including course work, seminar exercises and specimen past exam papers. A "Discussion Board" is created on eLearning and students are encouraged to use this as well as fully engage during all contact sessions.
Seminars form an integral approach to learning where problems are explored along with possible case studies.
Workshops form a key to learning with selected topics covered in some practical depth exploring real world concepts with key practical and theoretical elements.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically understand power systems theory and techniques associated with the operation, design, simulation and analysis of power systems. (UK-Spec 3rd Ed. SM1m, SM2m, SM3m)
2. Understand commercial aspects and new development in power systems. (UKspecV3 ET4m, EP2m, EP6m)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Formulate numerical methods and principles for power system design and analysis and perform fault-level calculations for a power (UKspecV3 EA1m, EA4m, EP4m, )
4. Critically analyse control of power systems with respect to the flow of active and reactive power, voltage levels, and economic load dispatching. (UKspecV3 ET3m, ET1m)
5. Analyse disturbances in power systems, their effects on the quality of supply and recommend appropriate solutions. (. UKspecV3 D4m, D5m)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering and appreciate how ethical issues can be avoided by professional codes of conduct. (UKspecV3 ET1m)

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment of the module will be via a combination of unseen written closed book examination (80% - LO1, LO2, LO3, LO5) and continuous assessment in the form of assignment report (20% - LO3, LO4, LO5).

Formative feedback will be provided on the course work during seminar sessions and after report submission. Feedback on the written examination will be provided, post examination, via a formal session.

Pre-requisite(s)

KD5067 Power Machines and Renewable energy or equivalent knowledge

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Electrical power systems evolved over the last century to become the backbone of industry, society and current civilisation. It took significant innovation, technology and engineering skills to make it happen. In this module you will learn how electrical power systems are designed and operated to provide affordable, reliable, environment friendly and high quality supply.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles, control and performance limits of components of modern power systems, such as alternators, transmission lines, switchgear and protection. You will also explore commercial issues surrounding the economics of power generation (including renewable energy), electricity market and quality of supply. Further, you will have the opportunity to study practical designs (using industry standard simulation software) such as load flow, fault and stability studies together with voltage and frequency control. This will be reinforced by the use of real-world examples and case studies, with emphasis on modern technologies.
The module draws from state-of-the-art research conducted by academic staff. The skills and knowledge gained place you in an excellent position for employment or to progress into further studies in this continually growing industry.

Course info

UCAS Code H602

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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