Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for
participation in the module
The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 2nd
semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering with an
electrical specialisation or Master of Science in Sustainable
Energy Engineering with specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems
Content, progress and pedagogy of the
- Have a solid knowledge about the electromagnetic field
behaviour for various types of electrical machines. This gives a
firm base for understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of
different types of electrical machines. It consequently leads to a
good understanding of new types of machines invented in recent
years, e.g. the modern drive unit in electric vehicles or wind
turbines, and magnetic gears.
- Have a detailed knowledge of the small DC link drive system and
the corresponding active damping control methods. This has become a
hot topic in recent years.
- Gain good experience about design of various controllers to
meet different requirements, e.g. very low speed stable operation,
low-cost controller design, drive stability issues, etc.
- Be able to understand and evaluate new types of high
performance electrical machines that may occur in the future
- Be able to identify the pros and cons of existing sensorless
control methods and design the most proper controller for selected
- Be aware of important practical implementation issues when
designing the controller
- Be able to test, measure and characterize the performance of
different electrical drive systems
- Independently be able to contribute to a professional team
dealing with design of modern electrical drives, including new high
performance electrical machines and advanced control
Type of instruction
The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops,
exercises, mini-projects and self-studies. Instead of using
complicated mathematical equations and electromagnetic theory,
particularly-made Finite Element Models visualizing the
electromagnetic field behaviour inside a machine will be used to
give an easy but deep access to many difficult topics involved in
the electrical machine theory. Various advanced sensorless control
technologies developed in recent years will be discussed for
permanent magnet machine and synchronous reluctance machine (which
has received great interests in recent years). Achievements
obtained from recent PhD projects carried out at the department
will be presented.
Extent and expected workload
Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to
be 150 hours for the student.
|Name of exam||Modern Electrical Drives|
|Type of exam|
Written and oral exam
Oral examination based on a delivered mini-project/test report
(individual or made in groups).
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||As stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.