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
or the Master in Advanced Power Electronics.
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 including e-learning
activities. 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||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination
Policies and Procedures|