MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE535
Course Unit DetailsMSc Electrical Engineering (Technical Electives) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the power system stability problem
  2. Employ mathematical tools for power system stability analysis
  3. Investigate and analyse small and large perturbations on a power system
  4. Employ modelling techniques for investigating the response of a power system during network disturbances
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

         Introduction:  Classification of power system dynamics,  reactive power and voltage, real power and frequency, stability and security of a power system


         Power System in Steady-State: Transmission lines, Transformers, synchronous generators, power system loads, network equation, power flows


         Introduction to Power System dynamics: Three-Phase Short-Circuit on a Synchronous Generator, Phase-to-Phase Short-Circuit Synchronization, Short Circuit in a Network and its Clearing


         Small Disturbances: Swing Equation, Damping Power, Equilibrium Points

Steady-State Stability of Unregulated System, Steady-State Stability of the Regulated System


         Large disturbances: Transient Stability, Swings in Multi-Machine Systems, Direct Method for Stability Assessment, Synchronization, Asynchronous Operation and Resynchronization, Out-Of-Step Protection Systems, Torsional Oscillations in the Drive Shaft


         Advanced Power System Modelling: Synchronous Generator, Excitation Systems, Turbines and Turbine Governors, FACTS Devices

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Power System Dynamics: Stability and Control, 2/E, J. Machowski, J. Bialek, J.Bumby, Wiley, 2008
  • Electric Power Systems Essentials, Pieter Schavemaker, Lou van der Sluis, 1/E, Wiley, 2008
  • Power Systems Analysis, Saadat H., McGraw Hill, 2nd Edition, 2004
  • Electrical Power Systems Quality, Dugan R.C., Santoso S., McGranaghan M.F, Beaty H.W, McGraw Hill, 2nd Edition, 2003
  • Power Systems Electromagnetic Transients Simulation
  • Arrillaga, J., Watson, N., Inspec/Iee 1/12/, 2002
  • Power System Control and Stability, M. Anderson, A. Faud, IEEE Press, 2002
  • Power System Stability and Control, 1/E, P. Kundur, Mcraw Hill, 1994
  • Power System Analysis, Grainger J., McGraw Hill, 1994, 1st Edition
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students are taught the course through lectures (3 hours per week) in classrooms or lectures theatres, by means of traditional tools or using computer demonstration.

Auditory exercises, where examples regarding matter represented at the lectures, are solved and further, questions related to particular open-ended topic issues are compiled by the students and answered, during the lecture or assigned as homework.

Topic notes are compiled by students, during the lecture which serve to cover the main issues under consideration and can also be downloaded from the lecturer’s webpage. Students are also advised to use the subject’s textbook or reference books for further reading and practice in solving related exercises. Tutorial problems are also submitted as homework and these are solved during lectures or privately during lecturer’s office hours. Further literature search is encouraged by assigning students to identify a specific problem related to some issue, gather relevant scientific information about how others have addressed the problem and report this information in written or orally.

Students are assessed continuously and their knowledge is checked through tests with their assessment weight, date and time being set at the beginning of the semester via the course outline.

Students are prepared for final exam, by revision on the matter taught, problem solving and concept testing and are also trained to be able to deal with time constraints and revision timetable.

The final assessment of the students is formative and summative and is assured to comply with the subject’s expected learning outcomes and the quality of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO