MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE531
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. Describe basic principles of implementing and simulating simple systems and obtaining measurements/graphs within the software environment.
  2. Analyse mathematically and verify through simulation a system consisting of generator, transmission line transformer and circuit breakers, supplying load impedances.
  3. Analyse mathematically and simulate implementation of Load variation using Impedance models and Induction motors as loads.
  4. Analyse mathematically and simulate a system with three voltage levels using Per unit analysis.
  5. Analyse mathematically and simulate with the use of Gauss Seidel load flow technique an interconnected system.
  6. Determine power system stability indicators and obtain Maximum operational Load power limit of a system through simulation.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Introduction, PSCAD operation: Simulating procedures, ways of extracting results, plotting graphs, basic system construction.


Generator implementation: Infinite/Non infinite bus generator parameter introduction,  simulation.


Voltage Divider/ Transmission Line Impedances: Representation of Transmission line impedance by circuit parameters (Series impedance and shunt admittance), implementation of a voltage divider circuit for load voltage calculation.


Transformer Operation/Implementation: Principle of transformer operation overview, application in power systems and implementation for transmission purposes.


Circuit Breaker operation, Load variation: Circuit breaker simulation parameters, Usage for load variation, switching effects on the system.


Load Impedances, Induction Motors: SQC100 Double cage motor analysis and simulation parameters. Equivalent impedance circuit, Transient and steady state comparison.


Per Unit Systems, Simulation-Calculation Methods: Simulation of a Radial system having three different voltage levels, Result comparison with Mathematical analysis.


Load Flows:  Y-bus matrix formulation ,  Gauss Seidel load flow method used for verification of the simulation results of an interconnected system.


Simulation Of Power system Stability Indicators : Simulation of Power system Stability indicators with infinite bus source, and Non infinite. Loss of stability.


Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Computer-Aided Power systems Analysis, Second edition, Dr. George Kusic, CRC Press, 2009
  • Power Systems Computer Aided Design” User’s Manual, Manitoba Research Institute E. Hughes, Electrical technology , Longman, 1995.
  • Voltage Sag Indices in Electrical Power systems, Standards and Development, Polycarpou A., VDM, 2009.
  • Elements of power system analysis, William D, Stevenson Jr, 4th ed. Mc Graw-Hill, 2002.
  • Computer Analysis of Power Systems, Arrilaga J., Arnold C.P., John Wiley and sons, 1990.
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. 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.

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 is assured to comply with the subject’s expected learning outcomes and the quality of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO