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ELEC5732: Foundations of Electricity Networks (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC5732: Foundations of Electricity Networks (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Verbic, Gregor
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC3203.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study provides an introduction to electrical power engineering and lays the groundwork for more specialised units. It assumes a competence in first year mathematics (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in elements of introductory physics. A revision will be carried out of the use of phasors in steady state ac circuit analysis and of power factor and complex power. The unit comprises an overview of modern electric power system with particular emphasis on generation and transmission. The following specific topics are covered. The use of three phase systems and their analysis under balanced conditions. Transmission lines: calculation of parameters, modelling, analysis. Transformers: construction, equivalent circuits. Generators: construction, modelling for steady state operation. The use of per unit system. The analysis of systems with a number of voltage levels. The load flow problem: bus and impedance matrices, solution methods. Power system transient stability. The control of active and reactive power. Electricity markets, market structures and economic dispatch. Types of electricity grids, radial, mesh, networks. Distribution systems and smart grids.
Assumed Knowledge: This unit of study assumes a competence in first year mathematics (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in basic electromagnetics.
Lecturer/s: Dr Verbic, Gregor
Timetable: ELEC5732 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 3.00 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Independent Study

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The solution of specific technical problems is covered in the tutorials. Design (Level 2)
Per unit systems and the use of laod flows are specific to the discipline of high voltage power engineering. Measurment techniques in a power laboratory setting. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Basic electromagnetism and analysis of steady state ac circuits. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Written communication in the nature of report. Communication (Level 3)
Some understanding is acquired of the role of power engineers working in high voltage systems. Professional Conduct (Level 1)
Required in carrying out experimental work and preparing final report. Project and Team Skills (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 2)
1. Ability to solve problems specific to the operation of engineering power systems by undertaking information investigation and selection and adopting a system based approach.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Demonstrable understanding of per unit systems to the extent of the course content.
3. Ability to perform analysis using per unit systems.
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of specific tools such as load flow software and the information provided by such tools to the extent of exercises and projects set throughout the course.
5. Proficiency in examining the relationship between load flow software and other computer based software used in modern power systems, by looking into the concepts, principles and techniques employed.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
6. Ability to demonstrate applicability of fundamental scientific concepts and procedures to the specific engineering models developed in the unit.
Communication (Level 3)
7. Ability to write a report to communicate complex project specific information concisely and accurately and to the degree of specificity required by the engineering project at hand.
Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
8. Ability to work in a group, manage or be managed by a leader in roles that optimise the contribution of all members, while showing initiative and receptiveness so as to jointly achieve engineering project goals in a laboratory environment.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Report No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Mid‐semester exam #1 No 10.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
3 Mid‐semester exam #2 Yes 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
4 Design project No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Lab Report: Laboratory practice and report

Mid-Sem Exam: One hour closed book

Design project: Power system planning excersise using industry grade power flow software

Final Exam: Two hour closed book
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Overview of unit: syllabus, assessment, assumed knowledge, learning outcomes, relationship to other units of study. Relevance of text and web pages. Notation used. Brief history and overview of electric power systems. Generation, transmission and distribution.
Week 2 Revision of ac circuit analysis and complex power. Analysis of three phase circuits under balanced conditions. Per phase equivalent circuits.
Week 3 Construction of overhead lines and cables. Calculation of inductance and capacitance. Bundling of conductors. Geometric mean distance and geometric mean radius.
Week 4 Modelling of transmission lines with distributed inductance and capacitance. Short, medium length and long line models. A,B,C,D parameters. Transmission capability of lines. Surge impedance loading. Line compensation.
Week 5 Review of transformers. Equivalent circuit of a single phase transformer. Three phase transformer connections. Per phase equivalent circuits for three phase transformers. Per unit systems for single phase and three phase systems. Change of base.
Assessment Due: Mid‐semester exam #1
Week 6 Generation. Construction of synchronous generators; turbo- and hydro-generators. Models of generators for steady state operation.
Week 7 The formulation of the load flow problem. The bus admittance matrix. Solution of non-linear algebraic equations using Newton Raphson method. Setting up the load flow equations.
Week 8 Modelling large systems containing generators, lines, transformers and loads. Calculations for simple networks.
Week 9 Power system transient stability. The swing equation. The equal area criterion. Simplified synchronous machine model. A two-axis synchronous machine model.
Assessment Due: Mid‐semester exam #2
Week 10 Power system control. Voltage and Reactive Power Control. Turbine governor control Load frequency control.
Week 11 Electricity markets. Market Structures. Economic dispatch. Optimal Power Flow. Ancillary services.
Week 12 Types of electricity grids, radial, mesh, networks. Distribution systems. Smart grids.
Week 13 Invited industry lecture
Assessment Due: Design project
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 16.67%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 56.67%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 16.67%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 7%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 3%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.