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ELEC5732: Foundations of Electricity Networks (2014  Semester 1)
Unit:  ELEC5732: Foundations of Electricity Networks (6 CP) 
Mode:  NormalDay 
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: 
https://elearning.sydney.edu.au 
Campus:  Camperdown/Darlington 
PreRequisites:  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: 


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)Assessment Methods: 


Assessment Description: 
Lab Report: Laboratory practice and report MidSem Exam: One hour closed book Design project: Power system planning excersise using industry grade power flow software Final Exam: Two hour closed book 

Grading: 


Policies & Procedures:  See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/studentpolicies/ 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:  https://elearning.sydney.edu.au 
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
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 hydrogenerators. Models of generators for steady state operation. 
Week 7  The formulation of the load flow problem. The bus admittance matrix. Solution of nonlinear 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 twoaxis 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.