KD7069 - Power Electronics and Drive Systems

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to provide you with thorough understanding and knowledge of existing and new concepts and technologies in electrical power engineering with emphasis on design and industrial applications of power electronics and electric motor drives. You will cover the principles of advanced control techniques as applied to these systems. The module is specifically concerned with the following subjects: power electronics devices and conventional converter topologies; pulse-width-modulation (PWM) techniques; state of the art practical switching power converters; power quality and harmonic analysis of various power conversion systems; power electronics control of renewable energy sources including solar, wind, and fuel-cell energy systems as well as electric and hybrid vehicles; electric machines and drives fundamentals; space-vector theory, control and applications of DC and AC drives; vector and field-oriented control of high performance induction and synchronous motor drives; applications and efficiency of electric drives; regulations, standards and other professional issues.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures will be the main delivery mechanism, during which you will explore analytical and design procedures of power electronics and drive systems. Directed learning will be used in conjunction with the lectures to guide you to specific topics or chapters in the lecture notes or towards texts in the indicative reading list. Seminars and laboratory sessions will be provided to reinforce theory, and to serve as a platform for you to receive formative feedback.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All taught materials are made available to you via the eLearning portal. These will include course work, lecture notes, seminar exercises, examples of past exam papers, and references to other supporting resources for additional reading such as relevant journal and conference papers or any other research informed publications and multimedia related to the module content. If further clarifications are required, you are encouraged to contact the module team directly during lectures, seminars or laboratory sessions or outside of the teaching hours by email in the first instance.

The knowledge acquired in this module significantly increases the employability in the field of power electronics and ac and dc drives.

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 of:
1. Fundamental theory and principles of modelling, operation and control of different electric machines and power electronics converters, and ability to apply this in the design or common electric drive systems.
2. Current practice and cutting-edge technologies in a wider context of power conversion, including both technical and non-technical electrical engineering issues in the target applications.
(UK-Spec SM1fl, SM2fl, EP2fl, D2fl, ET1fl, ET2fl, ET3fl, ET5fl, SM1m, SM2m, SM4m, EP9m, D4m, D7m, ET1m, ET2m, ET3m, ET5m)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Build realistic dynamic models for computer simulations of power electronics control of an industrial AC motor using appropriate software packages (for example, Matlab/Simulink).
4. Investigate, evaluate and adopt control strategies and design procedures for implementation, develop the entire simulation model, and then conduct a preliminary performance analysis of the considered drive system from the obtained simulation results.
(UK-Spec SM1fl, EA1fl, EA2fl, D2fl, SM1m, EA1m, EA2m, EA3m, D4m, D7m)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Continuous professional and personal development through independent learning, initiative, critical thinking and self-appraisal.
(UK-Spec EP4fl, ET1fl, ET3fl, EP11m, ET1m, ET3m)

How will I be assessed?

There are two forms of summative assessment:

1. Examination (60%) – (4 questions from 8). This addresses module learning outcomes: 1, 2 and 5. This will be a closed-book unseen examination. The examination will assess the student’s ability to apply and demonstrate understanding of the techniques introduced via the lectures to solve a range of engineering-oriented problems. Exam feedback will be given individually, and also generically, to indicate the cohort performance in answering the exam questions.

2. Written assignment (40%)(2000 words).
This will address module learning outcomes 3, 4 and 5. The assignment will be a computer-based assignment as a means of continuous assessment. The assignment will provide the students with an opportunity to enhance and demonstrate their knowledge in computer-aided design and analysis of an example drive system with power electronics control using industry standard software. Individual written feedback will be provided on the assignment.

1. Course seminars – module learning outcomes addressed:1, 2 and 5
2. Laboratories – module learning outcomes addressed: 3, 4 and 5

Verbal feedback will be provided on formative assessment during respective contact sessions.





Module abstract

This module will deliver you substantial materials on power converters and electric drive systems. The active teaching and learning in lectures and tutorials will benefit you to grasp the essential knowledge on semi-conductor devices, types of power converters, operation theory of various power converters, and advanced control techniques of electric drive systems. The workshops on power conversion circuits and drive system simulations will enhance your skills for solving engineering-oriented problems. You will be assessed by the lab-based coursework (40%) and the closed-book exam (60%), and the feedbacks will be provided to you after the assessments. The learning of the module will benefit you to equip with necessary knowledge and skills for the future employments in electrical and energy industries.

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 2023 or September 2024

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