Module Catalogue 2020/21

EEE3002 : Electrical Machines

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Glynn Atkinson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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Completion of the steady state analysis of electrical machines and an extension to their dynamic performance.

Outline Of Syllabus

General theory of electrical machines (Parks equation) and its application to DC and synchronous machines, links to the steady state per phase model.

Mechanical modelling by the use of free body diagrams to derive system response of scenarios involving electrical machines, flywheels, external loads, gears, friction and rigid / non- rigid shafts.

Transient and steady state solution, including using of time constant, distinction between electromechanical and electrical transients, linearization concepts, numerical methods.

Analysis of DC machines by the use and derivation of equivalent circuits. Basic understanding of alternative wiring configurations, flux travel and architecture in DC machines, including the universal machine.

Analysis of Synchronous machines by the equivalent circuit and phasor diagrams. DQ axis reactance models, salient pole phasor diagrams, torque and power calculations, reluctance and excitation torque, voltage and current fed performance, wound rotor and PM types.

Analysis of three phase induction machines including the derivation of a useable equivalent circuit, expressions for torque, speed and power flow. Layout of windings and basic architecture.

Understanding of operation of Single Phase Induction Motor, derivation of equivalent circuit showing forward and backward wave effects; torque characteristics, f and b components; practical methods of improving starting characteristics.

Understanding of Reluctance and Synchronous reactance machines, principles of operation and models for operating characteristics.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

An understanding of how to model machines in transient and an appreciation of typical transient model of performance.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The ability to fully model and calculate the steady state performance of all common machines types.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Midterm assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion40:100:40Online teaching unit assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:2054:20Reflecting on lecture notes, general reading, problem solving, exam revision.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving and practice are integrated into the lecture structure.
Computer based simulation problems will allow the students to gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and principles of the electrical machines being studied, and an ability to link the mathematical models developed to the electrical machine operation.
The online unit assessments will help the students to reflect on what has been learnt so far and give feedback throughout the course.
The mid-term assignment will help to bring together course material and simulation skills in a problem based setting and will provide feedback well ahead of the final exam.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A80N/A
Written Examination301M10Online multiple choice tests
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8159Electrical Machines and their applications1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M101000 word mid-term assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Each online assessment will allow the students to demonstrate their knowledge on a single teaching unit; Background and mechanical modelling, Induction machines, DC machines, Synchronous machines. The tests will give instant feedback which can be reflected upon as the course progresses.
The midterm assignment will allow the students to demonstrate a deeper understanding in a problem based setting. Again feedback will be given prior to the end of the autumn term to allow the students to reflect.
The examination allows students to demonstrate their problem solving skills together with their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter outlined in the lectures.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the final assessment earlier.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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