KD6010 - Power Systems

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 using 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, and seminar exercises . 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. (AHEP4: C1))

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Formulate numerical methods and principles for power system design and analysis and perform fault-level calculations and/or transient stability studies. (AHEP4: C2, C4,)
3. Critically analyse control of power systems with respect to the flow of active and reactive power, voltage levels, aeconomic load dispatching and stability. (AHEP4: C2, C4,
). Analyse disturbances in power systems, their effects on the quality of supply and operating stability recommending appropriate design solutions. (AHEP4: C4C, C5, M5)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop effective communication skills to disseminate technical information about power systems to a broad audience (AHEP4: C17).

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment of the module will be via a coursework (CW) and presentation (PRE): continuous assessment in the form of:
1. An individual assignment report (80% of the module mark each and addressing the MLOs 1-4-).
2. An individual video presentation (20% of the module mark each and addressing the MLO 5)

Practical workshops will be organised fortnightly, and supervised by a tutor, to help students gain the necessary computing/software skills to be able to tackle the `open-ended’ design orientated assignments and successfully respond to their requirements. Formative feedback will be provided on the course work during seminar sessions and after the reports submission.


KD5067 Power Machines and Renewable energy or equivalent knowledge



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 using 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 H605

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 2024 or September 2025

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