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ELEC5211: Power System Dynamics and Control (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC5211: Power System Dynamics and Control (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ma, Jin
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: ELEC3203 OR ELEC9203 OR ELEC5732.
Brief Handbook Description: The unit deals with power systems modelling, analysis and simulation under dynamic conditions. The unit will cover the following topics:

- The links between power system steady state analysis and transient analysis

- Basics of dynamic system in general and stability analysis methods;

- Analysis of power systems subject to electromagnetic and electromechanical transients

- Power system modelling for stability analysis and electromagnetic transients analysis: Synchronous machine modelling using Park's transformation; Modelling of excitation systems and turbine governors; Modelling of the transmission system; Load modelling.

- Simulation of interconnected multi-machine systems

- Stability analysis: Transient stability; Small signal stability; Voltage stability;

- Power system control: Voltage control; Power system transient stability control; Power system dynamic stability control; Emergency control.

The unit is a specialist Unit for MPE (Power & Electrical) and ME (Power & Electrical). It is also available as a recommended elective for BE Electrical (Power).
Assumed Knowledge: The pre-required knowledge for learning this UoS is a deep understanding on circuit analysis and its applications in power system steady state analysis.
Lecturer/s: Dr Ma, Jin
Timetable: ELEC5211 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 4
3 Laboratory 2.00 7
4 Independent Study 3.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: 13 sessions of 2 hr lectures to explain the fundamenatal concepts of power system dynamics and control.

Tutorial: 4 sessions of 2 hr tutorials covering calculation examples using the fundamental concepts explained in the lectures and applying analytical and problem solving skills.

Laboratory: 7 sessions 2 hr laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art power system simulator and computer simulation. Among 7 sessions, the first three sessions will be used to learn and work on the state-of-the-art simulator to practice the principles learned in the lectures; the last four sessions will be allocated to finish a project on a typical power system model in analyzing its stability behaviour using dedicated simulation tools.

Independent Study: Study at home

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
Gain an understanding of power system stability. Apply mathematic and modelling skills to analyse and model power systems for dynamic analysis. Apply dedicated simulation tools to analyse the behaviour of power systems electromechanical dynamics subject to disturbances. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to work in a team by assuming diverse roles, aiding or initiating the process of team interaction and drawing on and being receptive to others' viewpoints, to try and solve a specific engineering task.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
2. Ability to investigate inquiries and develop knowledge by drawing on a vast source of professional documents in various formats and synthesising the information to solve a specific engineering problem.
3. Ability to present concise information accurately using varied formats and media to a level appropriate to the expected understanding from this Unit of Study.
4. 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.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Understand the stability concepts and analysis methods in general and their specific applications in power system stability analysis and control.
6. Gain a deep understanding on power system modeling for stability analysis.
7. Gain a deep understanding of power system behaviour under transient conditions.
8. Ability to analyse transient behaviour of power systems based on rigorous mathematical tools.
9. Ability to apply dedicated simulation tools to analyse power systems under transient conditions and to design the controls to enable stable and secure power system operation.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Mid-Sem Quiz No 15.00 Week 8 (Monday, 7 pm) 5, 6, 7,
3 Lab 2 Yes 5.00 Week 8 (Tuesday, 12 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9,
4 Lab 3 Yes 5.00 Week 9 (Tuesday, 12 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
5 Project Yes 25.00 Week 13 (Friday, 12 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: Covering all aspects of the unit of study.

Mid-semester Quiz: Closebook exams to monitor students`progresses and provide feedback to students on their learning levels. Mid-semester quiz is scheduled at 5:50pm-6:50pm on Monday of Week 8. The mid-semester exam is held in the lecture hall.

Lab 2 &3: Practical group work using state-of-the-art power system simulator to carry out the power system steady state and transient state analysis.

Project: Build a model of a typical power system and analyse its stability behavior using dedicated simulation tools.

Minimum Performance Criteria: The WAM of all assessment components reaches 50 marks.

Mark Moderation: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Penalties for lateness: The penalty for lateness in submitting the Lab reports and project reports is 5% per day.
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.
  • Power System Stability and Control
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.
  • Power System Control and Stability

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: A general introduction to this Unit of Study and to power system dynamics and control including the definition of power system dynamics and stability, mathematical interpretation as well as physical interpretation of power system dynamics and stability, a history review on power system dynamics and stability, the classification of the power system stability, and the connections of power system dynamics with other research areas in power system operation and control.
Week 2 Lecture: A brief review on power system steady state analysis, including per unit value system; power flow equations and the methods to solve them; Reviews on fundamentals of nonlinear dynamical systems and respective applications.
Week 3 Lecture: Introduction to power system modeling, Analysis on the electric field and the magnetic field of the generator; Modelling generator in three-phase coordinates; Park transformation; The flux linkage equations and the voltage equations of the generator after Park transformation.
Week 4 Lecture: Application of generator dynamic equations in dq coordinates. Equation of motion; Operational parameters of generator;
Week 5 Lecture: Generator models in stability analysis with different accuracies
Week 6 Lecture: Excitation control system and its model; Governor controller
Week 7 Lecture: Cutting-edge research focuses on dynamic analysis and control of modern power system
Week 8 Lecture: Modeling prime movers and governing systems. Concepts of load model and its challenges.
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Quiz
Assessment Due: Lab 2
Week 9 Lecture: Load modeling and power electronic based component modeling.
Assessment Due: Lab 3
Week 10 Lecture: Transient stability. Swing equation analysis and Equal Area Criteria will be elaborated in detail. (EAC)
Week 11 Lecture: Transient stability analysis based on numerical integration algorithms. Direct methods on transient stability analysis.
Week 12 Lecture: Small-signal stability analysis based on perturbation methods. Eigenvalue based mathematical theory and its application on small signal stability analysis.
Week 13 Lecture: Power System stability analysis and control on multi-machine power systems. A review on power system stability, such as transient stability, small-signal stability and voltage stability.
Assessment Due: 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
Electrical (till 2014) 2014
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2014
Electrical (Power) (till 2014) 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2014
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2014
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Electrical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Power) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 3.75%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 9%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 87.25%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.