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ELEC5734: Foundations of Electrical Energy Conversion Systems (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5734: Foundations of Electrical Energy Conversion Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Sathiakumar, Swamidoss
Session options: Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to give students a good understanding of electrical energy conversion techniques and equipment.

Students who successfully complete this unit will

1) have a broad view of electrical energy conversion systems including transformers, DC machines, induction machines and synchronous machines;

2) be able to analyze and solve problems in transformers and electric machines;

3) have gained confidence in their ability to undertake more advanced study in the power area.

The following specific topics are covered: magnetic circuits, inductance, sinusoidal excitation, hysteresis and eddy current loss, permanent magnets, electromechanical energy conversion, singly-excited and doubly-excited systems, transformers, single-phase, equivalent circuit parameters, three-phase transformers, autotransformers, DC machines, separate excitation, shunt excitation, series excitation, and compound excitation, efficiency, armature reaction, induction machines, revolving field, equivalent circuit, squirrel cage machines, measurements of the parameters, DC resistance test, no-load test, blocked-rotor test, synchronous machines, field relationships, power-angle relationships, salient pole machines.
Assumed Knowledge: Following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit of study: familiarity with circuit theory, electronic devices, ac power, capacitors and inductors, and electric circuits such as three-phase circuits and circuits with switches, the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope and power supply.
Lecturer/s: Dr Mitchell, Keith
Timetable: ELEC5734 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 8
3 Laboratory 3.00 10
4 Independent Study 3.00 13
5 Project Work - own time 3.00 4
T&L Activities: Tutorial: 8 sessions of 2-hr tutorials to work through problems to enhance concepts

Laboratory: 5 sessions of 3-hr lab to reinforce theoretical concepts and to develop practical skills

Project Work - own time: Teamwork based design project on machine drives

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 students will be encouraged to interpret the data given as well as published data from the literature to solve the problems. Design (Level 3)
An appreciation that electrical conversion systems are based on the principles and knowledge of science and mathematics. An ability to apply electrical conversion systems along with the basics of science and mathematics to engineering problem solving. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
An ability to identify, utilize an locate appropriate information resources including literature, and electronic media. An ability to conduct experiments and to analyse and interpret data from those experiments. Information Seeking (Level 3)
The tutorials and design project offered are interactive in nature and will develop good communication skill among the students. Communication (Level 3)
The design project offered is interactive in nature and need leadership and team work in order to complete the project in limited time and resources. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

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 3)
1. Ability to perform calculations on machines using power quality concept and electrical circuit theories to the extent of the information presented. .
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
2. Ability to explain the theory of machinery.
Information Seeking (Level 3)
3. Ability to analyse, design and control an AC or DC machine for a particular application
4. Ability to instigate inquiry for knowledge development, drawing on varied information sources and media formats and synthesise the information most pertinent to the design of AC or DC machines for particular application.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
5. Capacity to work in a team and promote creative team interaction to encourage contribution from all members so as to deliver specific engineering projects and assignments.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Report Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5,
2 Mid-Sem Exam No 10.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3,
3 Assignment No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Lab Report: 5 Laboratory Experiments

Project: A design project on analysis, design and control of electrical energy conversion systems

Mid-Sem Exam: To monitor students` progress and provide feedback to students

Assignment: Assignment on current R&D of electrical energy conversion systems

Final exam: final exam

Participation: To encourage students to actively participate in tutorial discussions.

Note: MPE students in this parallel taught unit will have different assessments from BE students through extra tasks in projects/assignment and separate exam questions/papers.
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.
  • Electric Machinery Fundamentals
Online Course Content:

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

Week Description
Week 1 UoS Review and Review of electric power circuits
Week 2 Magnetic circuits
Week 3 Transformers
Week 4 Transformers
Week 5 DC machines and control
Week 6 DC machines and control
Week 7 AC machinery fundamentals
Week 8 Induction machines
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 Induction machines
Week 10 Synchronous machines
Week 11 Synchronous machines
Week 12 Special motors
Week 13 Revision
STUVAC (Week 14) This week is left free for independent study.
Exam Period Any Exam or Quiz worth more than 30% of the final assessment will be scheduled in this two week 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 3) Yes 26.66%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 26.66%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 40%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 6.67%

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.